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Bacon Smashed Potatoes

Yields1 Serving

 2 lb. thin-skinned potatoes, cut into chunks if they need it
 a few (or several) slices bacon, coarsely chopped
 2-3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
 1 Tbsp. grainy mustard
 1 tsp. sugar
 salt and pepper

Steam potatoes in a steaming basket or in an inch or two of boiling water, covered, until very tender, 20 to 25 minutes.


Meanwhile, cook bacon in a heavy skillet over medium heat until crisp. Transfer bacon with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain, reserving fat in skillet. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar, mustard, sugar, and a bit of salt and pepper to the hot bacon drippings, scraping up the browned bits.


Transfer potatoes to a large bowl, reserving 1/2 cup of the steaming water.


Add vinegar mixture to potatoes and smash with a potato masher to desired texture, adding reserved water if you like to thin it a bit.