Jul 13, 2009

Potato & Bacon Muffins


C’mon now, don’t frown! It’s me… Kay! Surely you must’ve seen stranger recipes over here!

In pursuit of the one perfect ‘leftover mashed potatoes‘ recipe, I think I’ve come pretty darn close this time. I figured if I can turn the mashed taters into pancakes and soup, I should be able to turn them into muffins too, right? Throw in some onions, bacon, cheese and well, it could work. And it sure did!

Now you can snack on them or even have them for lunch, but I served them for dinner—as a slightly unconventional side-dish. They were a hit. People were surprised when they found them on their plate, and thrilled after they had taken their first bite.

It really is something else.



1 1/2 cups mashed potatoes
2 cups self-rising flour
1 cup grated cheese
3/4 cup sour cream
2 tsp dried thyme
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 small onion
2 oz butter (melted)
1 cup milk
3 oz bacon
2 eggs



Chop a small onion. How many of my recipes start with that sentence? No wait, don’t say it. I suppose, technically, you could leave out the onions. But why would you? Why, I ask you?


I’ve cooked the bacon until crispy brown and drained them on a paper towel. See the one in the front with all the little protein bubbles on the surface? I ate it.


Add the onions to the bacon grease and cook until soft, sweet and slightly brown. This smells heavenly. Simply divine.


Crumble the bacon and transfer the onions to a bowl. Let them cool off.


Grab a really big bowl and dump 1 1/2 cups (leftover) mashed potatoes and 1 cup of milk in there. 


Lightly beat two eggs and add them to the bowl as well.


Add 3/4 cup sour cream, 2 oz melted or very soft butter, 2 tsp dried thyme (or any other herb of choice) and 1 1/2 tsp salt.


Okay, I admit; it does look a little freaky like this. Just start stirring and everything will be fine, I promise.


Next, stir in the onions and crumbled up bacon.


And cheese. There has to be grated cheese. I’ve added 1 cup of spicy Gouda but I’m sure you can use any type of cheese for this.


Throw in 2 cups of self-rising flour and combine everything.


Until it’s a thick but still stirrable batter.


My batter was enough for 6 large muffin forms (1 cup capacity). I lightly buttered them first. Wicked colors!


Bake the muffins at 400F (200C) for 40 minutes, depending on the size of your muffin forms of course. Just bake them until golden brown and until a metal skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.


They were really great. In a fluffy and almost pancakeish kind of way. Very moist and very flavorful. Also very rich. I can definitely see lots of variations in my near future, with some of them undoubtedly containing vegetables. Hope you’ll like them as much as we did.


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    1. 1

      This looks yummy. There is no such thing as left over mashed potatoes at my house though…

      Kate on Jul 13, 2009 @ 7:48 am Reply
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      Overhere I always manage to make about 2 cups too much. It triggered the ‘what to do with leftover mashed potatoes’ category :)

      Kay on Jul 13, 2009 @ 7:49 am Reply
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      These look amazing. Potatoes, bacon and cheese…how could you go wrong?

      Kristina R on Jul 13, 2009 @ 8:02 am Reply
    4. 4

      Oh Kay, you’ve totally outdone yourself!

      Tammy on Jul 13, 2009 @ 8:04 am Reply
    5. 5

      Lovely, the pictures are brilliant, and it sounds like a real great idea…

      Arch on Jul 13, 2009 @ 8:59 am Reply
    6. 6

      Sign, now I gotta buy some onions so I can try this out.

      Jazzy on Jul 13, 2009 @ 10:05 am Reply
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      It’s sounds really tasty. I will surley try this out. I think they will do great for a picnic. Love your colorful muffin forms.

      Have a nice week!

      Nadja from Sweden

      In Nadjas kitchen on Jul 13, 2009 @ 11:03 am Reply
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      Bacon, mashed potatoes, onions and cheese … four of my absolute favorite foods! We never have leftover mashed potatoes, but I might have to make some just for this recipe. It sounds delicious! Especially since I’ve got a little bit of bacon left that needs to be eaten soon!

      Alison on Jul 13, 2009 @ 11:24 am Reply
    9. 9

      Omg, this sounds absolutely amazing! Love the detailed photos.

      Erin on Jul 13, 2009 @ 11:42 am Reply
    10. 10

      My waist is expanding just looking at these beauties! Looking forward to trying this recipe!

      Mari on Jul 13, 2009 @ 1:44 pm Reply
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      these look delicious! i’ll have to give them a try soon. :)

      Nichole on Jul 13, 2009 @ 2:11 pm Reply
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      How can any recipe be bad when it starts with cooking some onion and bacon? It simply can’t, I tell you. Then you go and add cheese and mashed potatoes!!! I can feel the pounds jumping onto my thighs just thinking about it! And still I can’t wait to try it! Another winner, Kay.

      Lana on Jul 13, 2009 @ 2:15 pm Reply
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      These savoury muffins sound great!

      Kevin on Jul 13, 2009 @ 3:23 pm Reply
    14. 14

      Do you think this would work baked as a loaf? Rather than individual muffins?

      Also -chicken curry masala recipe and the roasted sausages w/tomatos and balsamic were both really, really wonderful! Thanks

      mirinblue on Jul 13, 2009 @ 3:37 pm Reply
    15. 15

      the recipe seems really good! and i LOVE your madly colored muffin forms!!

      raj @ the hungry cook on Jul 13, 2009 @ 6:19 pm Reply
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      also, i was wondering what is it that you’re served with the muffins? in those little cups in the last photo. looks delicious.

      raj @ the hungry cook on Jul 13, 2009 @ 6:21 pm Reply
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      @raj @ the hungry cook:

      That was green and red pesto, I’ve been on a major pesto binge lately :)

      Kay on Jul 13, 2009 @ 6:23 pm Reply
    18. 18

      I just made something like this … very very close to your recipe … but I topped half of mine with avocado “frosting” (cream cheese blend, not sweet) and served the other half with avocado butter on the side … /glee … such a hit! Afterall, avocado and bacon are made for each other, right? ;-)

      GMRWolf on Jul 13, 2009 @ 8:40 pm Reply
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      Hi I’m from Iceland and we don’t have self rising flour here, any suggestions what I could do instead? Anyway I love your recipies….!:)

      Sigr. on Jul 13, 2009 @ 10:01 pm Reply
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      That’s different! My husband doesn’t like onions and we never seem to have leftover mashed potatoes around… but it looks good to me. Maybe I could make them without the onion.

      Kristin on Jul 13, 2009 @ 10:47 pm Reply
    21. 21

      What a creative idea – I love it! They like the ultimate comforting biscuits :)

      Kerstin on Jul 14, 2009 @ 12:46 am Reply
    22. 22

      One cup self-rising flour equals:
      1 cup all-purpose flour, plus
      1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder, plus
      1/8 teaspoons salt.

      Megan G on Jul 14, 2009 @ 4:50 am Reply
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      Ohhh avocado! Why didn’t I think of that!

      Kay on Jul 14, 2009 @ 9:45 am Reply
    24. 24

      Great idea! I do bake bread in muffin forms and serve them with the starters, but to bake actual muffings is great. Thanks a lot for the idea.

      tobias cooks! on Jul 14, 2009 @ 3:02 pm Reply
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      please, what can I use instead of bacon ?

      Dolly on Jul 14, 2009 @ 3:38 pm Reply

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