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Southern potatoes

Note: These recipes use NZ measurements. 1 c = 1 cup = 250 ml. 1 T = 1 tablespoon = 15 ml. 1 D = 2 teaspoons. 1 t = 1 teaspoon = 5ml. If you're in America, you may find you need a little extra baking powder in recipes that use it.

4 pounds red potatoes
6 bacon slices
1 bunch green onions, chopped
16 oz. sour cream
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup milk (I use half-n-half)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic (optional)

Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Remove bacon and drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet. Add chopped green onions to skillet and cook for 1 minute or until tender. Crumble bacon and return to skillet. Set mixture aside.
Cut potatoes into 1/4-inch pieces (you can peel the potatoes, but I leave the skins on for an extra kick of vitamins). Place potatoes in boiling, salted water in a Dutch oven to cover and cook 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain and return to Dutch oven.
Add bacon/onion mixture to potatoes as well as sour cream, 1 cup of cheese, butter, milk (I use half-n-half), salt and pepper (and garlic, if desired). Combine all ingredients with a potato masher until blended. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 13” x 9” baking dish. Top with remaining cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until cheese melts.

Source: From Susannah Koontz Webb

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