Luxuriously creamy buttermilk mashed potatoes!
I have been having a terrible time with time management. I cannot pinpoint exactly when it started, but I know it’s not likely to end any time soon. I start my day with a prioritized list of things that need to get done. Some days I do a fabulous job and go to bed feeling accomplished and on top of the world. Other days I fail miserably. It doesn’t matter how early I start my day either. I’ve had days where I get up at 5 am and think “this is the day I get it all done”. Typically those are the days I actually manage to fall farther behind. I use calendars and apps with little success. I even ordered myself a souped up planner to keep myself on task. The box arrived a week ago and I have yet to open it. Something tells me I may have wasted some money.
My housekeeping really suffers because of these time management issues. It’s not that I don’t want a clean home, it’s just that I’m so easily distracted. I may start the day with every intention of scrubbing tile and mopping, but what actually happens is I spend the day pinning homemade cleaning product “recipes” and researching better, more efficient mops (as if THAT would solve my problem).
While my kids completely glance over the dust bunnies breeding under the cabinets and the cob webs filling the corners, my husband does not. Thankfully I have been blessed with an extremely patient and tolerant husband. The truth is if I weren’t so good with my excuses, I’d probably annoy myself.
This past weekend, my husband finally had enough. Since the dust bunnies were growing into full size rabbits he decided to take matters into his own hands. He vacuumed each room and every nook and cranny. He moved furniture and rugs. He got behind toilets and in between stair rails. Only once did he glare at me (thank you honey).
Now you could say that I am actually a genius because obviously dust bothers my husband more than it does me. It’s just a matter of me holding out long enough for him to break down and do the cleaning for me. Sadly, I’m not that cunning. I’m just unorganized and perhaps a tad bit lazy.
To thank my dust busting husband, I made him one of his favorite side dishes, mashed potatoes. Nothing says “thank you” and “I love you” quite like a steamy bowl of fluffy, creamy, buttermilk potatoes right? Of course these aren’t ordinary potatoes: I added blue cheese and pancetta to my spuds for a deep, rich flavor. Hey, he worked HARD! These really could be a meal on their own. The potatoes are so creamy (buttermilk and cream cheese do wonders) and smooth. You could omit the blue cheese if your prefer, they will still have lots of flavor. And you could use bacon instead of pancetta. You could actually just make the potatoes plain! It doesn’t matter, because these potatoes would be awesome any way you serve them!
In my delusional mind, my husband and I have an unspoken agreement. He vacuums, I make potatoes. I’m going to need to buy more potatoes.
THE CREAMY AND DELICIOUS
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- 4-5 large baking potatoes – peeled
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 cup warm buttermilk
- ½ cup warm milk
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 3 oz softened cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 oz pancetta cooked and crumbled
- 4 oz crumbled blue cheese
- Meanwhile chop pancetta and cook in a skillet until crispy. Drain and set aside.
- Cut potatoes into 2 inch pieces. Place in a large Dutch oven along with salt and enough water to cover potatoes. Bring water to a boil over medium heat. Continue to boil for 20 minutes. Drain completely and return potatoes to Dutch oven on low for about 5 minutes or until potatoes are dry.
- Mash potatoes with a masher until you have the desired consistency. Mix in cream cheese, buttermilk, milk, butter and salt. Right before serving, mix in blue cheese and pancetta.
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