Potato Mash with Leek Confit and Bacon

By • September 23, 2011 • 35 Comments



Author Notes: I love leeks, potatoes and bacon in soup and decided to make a little potato casserole with the same ingredients. The leek confit is adapted from the Molly Wizenburg version with the substitution of rendered bacon fat for the butter.inpatskitchen

Food52 Review: These bacon-studded mashed potatoes are absolutely delicious. Served as a side for Thanksgiving or a standard weeknight dinner, this recipe is sure to be a crowd pleaser. I didn't have bacon fat sitting in my fridge, so cooked up 6 slices to yield the total of 4 tablespoons required in the recipe. Since there are an extra 3 slices, might as well crumble them on the top to make it extra crunchy and bacon-y!! thehappycook

Serves 4

For the leek confit

  • 4 leeks, white and pale green parts only
  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning mash
  1. Wash and remove all dirt from leeks. Quarter them lengthwise, and then cut crosswise into quarter-inch pieces.
  2. In a medium sauce pan with a lid, melt the bacon fat, then add leeks, water, and salt and cook covered on medium low heat for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring frequently. When soft, remove the lid and cook a few more minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated. Set aside.

For the casserole

  • 3 strips bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 5 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 1/2 inch cubes
  • Chicken broth, enough to cover potatoes in a medium saucepan
  • 1/4 cup light cream (plus more if necessary)
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth, reserved from boiling potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • Leek confit
  1. Boil the potatoes in the chicken broth until fork tender. Drain, reserving about 1/4 cup of the broth.
  2. Mash the potatoes (I put them through a ricer).
  3. Warm the cream, broth, bacon fat, butter and white pepper and mix into the potatoes. Add more cream if mixture seems dry.
  4. Stir in 3 tablespoons of the leek confit and salt to taste, and spread the mixture into a buttered shallow 9 x 11-inch baking dish.
  5. Top with the remaining leek confit and bake for about 40 minutes in a 325F pre-heated oven, uncovered. (Alternatively you can prepare the casserole ahead of time and bake later.)
  6. Once out of the oven, sprinkle with the crumbled bacon and serve.

Comments (35) Questions (1)

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5 months ago JenOzmun2010

THIS WAS AMAZING. Absolutely amazing. This will DEFINITELY be a repeat at our place. Hubs said it was an 8 on the ol' one to ten scale. :-)

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5 months ago inpatskitchen

I like 8!! Thanks so much!

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5 months ago JenOzmun2010

Preparing this tonight for dinner and it's in the oven now. Smells absolutely wonderful!!!! Husband just said, "You put a lot of work into the mash so I don't think I want any sides." Awww... Hope it turns out! Will keep you posted!

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5 months ago inpatskitchen

Hope it went well for you!

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6 months ago fosterOR

Tried this tonight and really enjoyed it! Next time I may try reducing the amount of potato by half or a third and making up the difference with either more leek or artichoke. I'm guessing that might make it a bit lighter with more of the vegetable flavor. I also had to make it without the cream due to a guest's dietary restrictions so just increased the broth and a bit more butter but otherwise just as prescribed. Big hit! Thanks so much for posting this!!

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6 months ago inpatskitchen

Thank YOU!

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8 months ago Laurelb

Yum. Mine was a bit too moist but that's easily adjusted. Will be making this gorgeous Christmas.

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8 months ago inpatskitchen

I'm so glad you liked this! Thanks!

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8 months ago WellFedWit

How kind of you, haha! It would only be fair, since you did share the recipe with us :) I'm in Colorful Colorado, and comfort food like this is just perfect for the chilly evenings.

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8 months ago WellFedWit

I REALLY REALLY enjoyed this. In fact, I'm thinking about how lonely it must be sitting at home without me there to eat it...

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8 months ago inpatskitchen

Thanks! Where do you live? I'll be happy to babysit it for you!(lol)

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over 1 year ago lapadia

Comfort food, perfect for this time of year, don't know how I missed it!

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over 1 year ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much Linda! You're right...total comfort!

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almost 2 years ago AntoniaJames

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Wow, this one looks simply over-the-top delicious. I can see it on our table, with autumn roasts in the very near future. Great recipe. Congrats on the CP!! ;o)

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almost 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much AJ! And doesn't the Food52 pic look gorgeous? Someday I'll learn how to use a camera properly(LOL)

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almost 2 years ago Mzoo

These mashed potatoes were really delicious. Mine turned out quite dry and needed more cream and broth. They were fantastic pan-fried the next morning, too!

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almost 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much Mzoo! I know..depending on the potato you have to adjust. I'll have to try frying leftovers..sounds fantastic!

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almost 2 years ago lorigoldsby

Another yum from you!

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almost 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much lori!

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about 2 years ago sdebrango

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So glad to see this again, I love when a recipe that I love but unfortunately forgot about appears again. So delicious!

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about 2 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks suzanne!

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almost 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This looks wonderful! It just doesn't get much better than leeks, bacon and potatoes!

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almost 3 years ago inpatskitchen

I agree! Thank you so much!

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almost 3 years ago VanessaS

I have a weak spot for leeks and bacon - this sounds great!

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almost 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much! It was quite tasty!

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almost 3 years ago GiGi26

This sounds wonderful......a cross between an Annie and Mozelle ( I think you know what that means) recipe! Never thought that COULD happen! Yummy!!!

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almost 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Are you telling me that Maine meets the South? How funny! And thanks for the Yummy!

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

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YUM love this!!

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almost 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much sdebrango!

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almost 3 years ago Bevi

Another candidate for Thanksgiving!

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almost 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Oh thanks Bevi! I have to make casseroles like this for other than Thanksgiving because all those kids and grandkids want plain old mashed and lots of gravy!

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almost 3 years ago sexyLAMBCHOPx

LOVE all those leeks!

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almost 3 years ago inpatskitchen

Me too! They do wonders for potatoes (and bacon!)

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almost 3 years ago wssmom

LOVE the bacon fat in this!

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almost 3 years ago inpatskitchen

You know what they say about that pork fat!!