March 06, 2022

Burning Love - mashed potatoes with topping of vegetable and bacon


A classic Danish main course is Burning Love (Brændende kærlighed), which is mashed potatoes served with a topping of fried bacon and chopped onions. I have found a recipe with extra vegetable in the topping, which I have used as inspiration. I served this dish as one of my regular Sunday dinners with my mother.

I have previously made this version of "Burning love" in form of Burning love - mashed root fruit with bacon topping

"Burning Love" - mashed potatoes with topping of vegetable and bacon:  - 4 servings

Mashed root fruits:
  • 1000 g potatoes
  • 2-2½ dl milk
  • 25-50 g butter
  • salt & pepper for seasoning
Bacon topping:
  • 150 g bacon in small squares
  • 2 red onions - finely chopped
  • 2 carrot - finely chopped
Other topping:
  • Pickled red beets
  • Chives
  1. Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut the potatoes into medium squares to obtain equal boiling time.
  2. Place the potatoes in a medium-large cooking pot. Fill in water, so all the potatoes are covered with water.
  3. Boil the potatoes in the cooking pot covered with the lid for approx. 20 minutes.
  4. While the root fruit are boiling fry the bacon pieces on a hot frying pan.
  5. When the bacon pieces are crispy and brown in colour, when add in the chopped onion. and carrots. 
  6. Fry the onion and carrot , until they are soft. 
  7. Keep the bacon topping warm on the frying pan, until serving the dish.
  8. When the potatoes are soft, empty the cooking pot for water. 
  9. Mash the potatoes into a rough puree.
  10. Add the milk into the potatoes mash. Stir well. 
  11. Add in the butter, and let it melt.
  12. Season the mashed potatoes with salt and pepper.
  13. Serve the mashed potatoes with bacon topping, pickled red beets and decorate with chopped chives.


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