Creamy Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes Recipe With Bacon: Everyone Will Go Back for Seconds by Chef Gigi

Creamy Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes Recipe With Bacon: Everyone Will Go Back for Seconds

Looking for a flavorful new side dish? Try this delicious buttermilk mashed potatoes recipe with crispy bacon and scallions. This is not your typical mashed potatoes recipe. The buttermilk elevates the potatoes, and the bacon and scallions bring extra flavor and texture to the dish. 

This easy side dish recipe has only eight simple ingredients: russet potatoes, buttermilk, butter, crème fraîche, kosher salt, white pepper, bacon and scallions.

This creamy, gluten-free potato recipe is so good with just about any main course for a holiday dinner or anytime. Did we mention, bacon? We're pretty sure that everyone will go back for seconds! 

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 to 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 to 40 minutes

Total Time: 45 to 55 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped 
  • 2/3 cup whole buttermilk 
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened 
  • 8 ounces crème fraîche 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper 
  • 1 pound bacon, cut into 1-inch slices, cooked and drained (reserve drippings)
  • 1 cup scallions, cleaned and diagonally sliced

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Recipe Notes

  • Store leftovers in a container in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave.
  • These potatoes freeze well.

Here's how to make it:

  1. Place potatoes in a large heavy bottomed stock pot with cold water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil over medium-high. Boil until potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes.
  2. Heat the bacon drippings in a skillet and quickly add the scallions. Toss until lightly browned and crispy, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer scallions to paper towels with a slotted spoon to drain. Set aside. 
  3. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot. Over medium heat, continue to cook, stirring once, until potatoes dry from excess moisture, about 1 minute. 
  4. While the potatoes are drying, place the buttermilk and butter in a microwavable glass bowl. Heat on high until warm, about 45-60 seconds. 
  5. Add warm buttermilk mixture, crème fraîche, salt and pepper to potatoes. Mash with a potato masher to desired consistency. 
  6. Transfer the mashed potato mixture to a casserole serving dish, and top with crunchy scallions and crumbled bacon. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 595

Total Fat: 41.4g

Saturated Fat: 12.3g

Cholesterol: 80mg

Sodium: 1827mg

Total Carbohydrate: 29.6g

Dietary Fiber: 4.4g

Total Sugars: 3.3g

Protein: 25.4g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 56mg

Iron: 2mg

Potassium: 1049mg

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Elisa Schmitz
Oh my! This recipe may overtake my usual twice baked potatoes for holiday dinner this year. Thank you, Chef Gigi Gaggero !
Donna John
Who doesn't love a good mashed potato recipe?? Love this one, Chef Gigi Gaggero !
So delicious. 😋

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