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This morning we were up bright and early cooking for tonight’s family celebration and preparing for Christmas. When my daughter asked me to throw out some ideas for new recipes, I led her to my closet of cookbooks and told her to take her pick. With good taste she chose a book containing a recipe for elegant mashed potatoes.  This recipe for Christmas Potatoes is decadent and perfect as a holiday side to my tenderloin.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season! Merry Christmas!

Christmas Potatoes

Ingredients

5 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 3-inch chunks
4 pinches Sea Salt
1 pound sliced bacon (Chef John Besh advises seeking out artisan made bacon)
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cup heavy cream, warmed
1/2 cup cheddar or gruyere cheese
1/2 cup minced chives
freshly ground pepper

Preparation

Put the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Add salt and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately high heat until tender, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the bacon in 2 batches over moderate heat, turning once, until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes per batch. Drain the bacon on paper towels and coarsely chop it.
Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Shake the pot over moderately high heat for about 20 seconds to dry the potatoes. Pass the potatoes through a ricer into a large pot. Add the butter, cream, cheese, chives and bacon and stir well. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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