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Instant Pot Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes

A creamy, buttery mashed potato with sweet / savory caramelized onions and smoked and salty bacon is an incredibly easy side dish to prepare.

3 lbs of potatoes, (roux or your favorite starch)
2 lbs sweet onions (regular onions will do if that’s all you’ve got)
1/2 lb bacon, cut into pieces
1 cup of water
1/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/3 cup parsley, fresh
1 teaspoon of dried thyme
3 – 4 tablespoons heavy cream
salt and pepper to choose from
1 tablespoon of butter

Start by peeling and finely chopping the onions. Use a mandolin if you have one.
In a large saucepan over medium-low heat, begin to sauté the bacon pieces. When they are 3/4 crisp, remove the bacon on a plate.
Leave the bacon fat in the pan, add the onions and start to sauté. This process is the longest because you don’t want to cook them over high heat to rush the process as the sugars in the onions will cause them to burn.
Add about a teaspoon of salt to the onions to help pass the natural juices through and aid the caramelization process. Keep stirring often to watch the onion process go from white to brown, to brown. The amount of onions will wilt.
While you are sautéing the onions, peel the potatoes and cut them into large chunks (quarters are good). Transfer them to the instant pot using the trivet at the bottom of the pot.
Add water
Pressurize manually for 14 minutes, making sure to place the toggle switch in the “seal” position.
When the onions have a nice light brown color, add the bacon and finish sautéing. Add 2 tablespoons of butter, thyme, salt and pepper. Mix well. Remove the onions from the heat when you are finished.
When the potatoes are done cooking, release quickly and when the pin falls off, use a set of tongs and carefully transfer the potatoes to a bowl.
Add the butter, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper. Crush well. Using small increments, add the cream to the potatoes to achieve a creamy (but not runny) consistency.
Transfer the potatoes to a 9 x 11 baking dish and smooth the top. Add the onion and bacon mixture and distribute evenly over the top of the potatoes.
Grill the potatoes for a few minutes to make the top slightly crispy. Be careful because onions can burn very quickly.

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