Bacon, Horseradish, & Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
4 med potatoes (skin on), cut into large chunks
4 slices thick bacon, chopped
1/4 lb good white cheddar, shredded (I used a really high quality Welsh cheddar)
2-3 Tbsp butter
1/3-1/2 C milk
2 Tbsp prepared horseradish (more or less for taste)
salt and pepper
Render bacon until crisp, drain. Pour bacon fat into pot you are cooking the potatoes.
Cover potatoes with water in a large pot. Add about 2 tsp salt. Bring to a boil. Boil for 15-20 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Drain off water, return potatoes to pot.
Add butter and some milk. Mash.
Fold in cheddar and horseradish. Add milk until the potatoes are your preferred consistency.
Salt an pepper to taste. Fold in bacon last (so it doesn't break up too much.)
Perfect pairing: Bratwurst, English, or Irish sausages that have been cooked in a med-dark beer.