Servings: Serves 12–15
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds (about 5 to 6) Idaho potatoes , peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 cup heavy cream , brought to a boil and kept warm
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup chives , additional for garnish
  • 4 slices bacon
Directions
In a large saucepan place, cover the chopped potatoes with cold water and bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and cook until potatoes are very tender when stabbed with a fork, about 15 minutes. Drain well. Return to the saucepan and add the cream and butter. With a hand mixer, blend until just smooth (do not over-whip).

Fry the bacon until crisp. Drain on paper towels. When cool enough to handle, crumble into 1/4-inch pieces, set aside. Add 1/2 cup cheddar cheese and the chives. Garnish with the remaining cheddar cheese and additional chives and bacon. Season generously with salt and pepper and serve immediately.