Smoky Spicy Mashed Potatoes
4 lb. russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
8 slices bacon, cut into 1" pieces
3/4 c. sour cream
1/3 c. butter
1/4 c. NW Elixirs #3 Hott Smoke
2 tbsp. heavy cream
2 cloves garlic, minced
Freshly ground black pepper
1 3/4 c. shredded cheddar, divided
Chopped chives, for garnish
Preheat oven to 350º. In a large pot, add potatoes and cover with 2 inches water. Boil until fork tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and return to pot.
Meanwhile, in a large oven-safe skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crispy, 6 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
Mash potatoes. Add 1¼ cups cheddar, most of the cooked bacon, sour cream, butter, heavy cream, and garlic and season generously with salt and pepper.
Transfer potatoes to oven-safe skillet (or a 9-x-13" baking dish) and top with remaining cheddar and cooked bacon.
Bake until cheddar is melty, 15 minutes.
Garnish with chives and serve.