Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes {with Pancetta and Blue Cheese}

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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).

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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.

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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.



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Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes {with Pancetta and Blue Cheese}
  • 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
  1. Meanwhile chop pancetta and cook in a skillet until crispy. Drain and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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40 Responses

  1. Okay, Tanya…I am seriously laughing at everything you just wrote for the fact that you just described ME! My husband will do the exact same thing…he’ll even end up cleaning ALL of the blinds in the whole entire house, mop every square feet of our house (all wood floors!) and everything in between. I am the worst with time management. Not to mention I even have a few boxes (of I actually forgot what I ordered) still unopened. I’m terrible. But hey, we know we can make a special treat up in the kitchen, right?! I have been on buttermilk mashed potatoes lately…and you added blue cheese to these! It’s my family’s favorite…and have never thought of adding it to potatoes! Love it! (=

    • Yes!!! So I’m not the only one! I secretly love that he’ll vacuum! Thanks Gloria!

  2. I can totally understand about dusting! =)
    Your potato recipe sounds delicious!

    • Thank you for understanding Melissa!

  3. Nicki

    These potatoes sound yummy. I’m hosting Thanksgiving this year and think I’ll give these a try for a change. Thanks!!

    • You will love them and I’m SURE you family will too!

  4. Whoa! These potatoes sound (and look) amazing!!! I love buttermilk and haven’t ever thought to put it in mashed potatoes. And the pancetta and blue cheese just take this totally over the top. Must make!!

    • Thanks Kate! I figure you can’t go wrong with pancetta.

  5. pure awesomeness Tanya! These will be on my Thanksgiving table this year. GREAT recipe

  6. OH MAH GAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH potatoes. I love blue cheese! And actually I do not care if no one else likes it — they are getting it when I make these.
    Reading this was like reading about myself. Except I would definitely die if I saw Chad vacuuming. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t know how it works on purpose. Oh – also I’m gonna need you to use that planner and then tell me how awesome it is so I have an excuse to buy one. K, thanks.

    • I still haven’t looked at the planner! I’m terrible! Haha, I don’t care if anyone hates blue cheese, I love it therefore I serve it!

  7. I’ll take that planner off your hands! Then send your hubby over to vacuum…I’ll makes treats for him…I promise! They might not be as wonderful as these mashed potatoes though!

    • I’ll rent him out for sure, he does good work!

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    • How you can not love mashed potatoes! Thanks Bobbie!

  9. I can totally relate! My husband is usually pretty patient, but every now and then he blows a gasket and it’s ugly. Maybe I should make him these mashed potatoes preemptively next time….when things are just starting to get bad…. genius :)

    • Yes! Make him potatoes!!! He’ll melt I promise!

  10. Th recipe looks absolutely delicious! What a great idea the note of blue cheese for extra depth! Not only that but you managed to take such pretty pictures of potatoes! One of the hardest things to photograph ever, lol thanks for sharing Tanya!

    • Awe thanks Lizy I was worried they would look gray! Thank you so much for stopping buy!

  11. Oh my goodness – I will come vacuum your house if you will make ME a bowl full! :)

  12. Oh my, Tanya! These mashed potatoes are no ordinary mashed potatoes! Pancetta AND cream cheese?? YES! 😉

    • Yes these were wonderfully over the top potatoes!

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  14. Wow…those mashed potatoes sound wonderful. I wouldn’t mind vacuuming if I was rewarded with a plate of goodness like that. :)

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