Saturday, April 7, 2012

Mashed Potatoes Plus

Tommorow is wise its my favorite holiday. I like alot of different dishes from assorted holidays but for some reason, Easter as a whole is the bomb! The baked Ham, the Sweet Potato and Banana casserole, the Asparagus, my Easter Bread......and the Easter Mashed Potatoes! How can anyone NOT like mashed potatoes with Bacon, onions, and cheese? I spend Easter mornng having breakfast with my mom and her husband. Colored hard boiled eggs, my Easter bread, bacon and some fresh fruit is the usual. Then its off to Ama's ( Aunt Marie Anne's ) to spend the afternoon and enjoy dinner with my 2 aunts, my son, and any family that does not have other plans. This year will be spent with my dad's cousin Carmen and her daughter, my cousin Sharon. Just the six of us.....a nice quiet relaxing dinner.  I am making the mashed potatoes.....regular plain ones for my son. Just milk and butter some salt and pepper.....and then the Easter Mashed Potatoes. Ama has been making these for years and they truly are my favorite. The bowl on the left ( blue ) are the Easter Mashed potatoes and on the right are the plain regular ones for my son Paul.
Easter Mashed Potatoes
2 1/2 lbs yukon gold potatoes...cooked and mashed
1/2 lb bacon....cooked and small diced
1 cup of grated parmesan cheese
1  large egg beaten
1 large onions ( small diced )
1/2 stick softened unsalted butter
1/4 cup milk
Mix all ingredients. Put into oven proof casserole and bake at 350 degrees until hot and top is light golden brown. Enjoy!
Holidays are all about family and food for me. The memories some of the traditional dishes evoke, the tastes of my childhood, and the twists of my adulthood and culinary career are what makes each gathering a special onel. I love it all. Most of all I love sharing it with the people I love. Happy Easter!

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