Bacon Clapshot

    50 min

    A flavourful, slightly spiced twist on clapshot, which features the addition of bacon and hails from northern Scotland. Perfect with roast meats or double the servings and serve as a tasty supper.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 600g (1 1/3 lb) floury potatoes, peeled and diced
    • 1 medium turnip or swede, peeled and diced
    • 50g (2 oz) butter
    • 4 tablespoons milk
    • 8 rashers back bacon, cooked and chopped
    • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
    • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Place the potatoes and turnips in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Cook until tender, about 20 minutes.
    2. Drain the potatoes and turnips, return them to the saucepan and mash until fluffy. Add the butter and milk and beat until creamy. Stir in the chopped bacon and season with nutmeg, salt and pepper. Serve hot.

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    Whoa, these are some darned good "mashed potatoes!" First, a mention of an unintended substitution - I sent Hubs to the store for turnips and he came home with rutabagas. *Sigh* Thank goodness they're pretty much interchangeable! I added a little chopped green onion and some softened cream cheese and in so doing found I didn't need to add any milk at all. I don’t know what it is about the simple and humble additions of nutmeg, rutabagas, er, turnips and bacon to the potatoes but there WAS something special and different about them, albeit quietly understated. It really dressed up basic mashed potatoes. I reserved some of the bacon and green onion to garnish the top which really prettied them up.  -  26 Dec 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This has been a staple at our Thanksgiving dinner ever since I was a young girl (many years ago). It's a nice change from plain old mashed potatoes. The turnips give it a pleasant "bitterness" but the flavor is not so overpowering that it conflicts with any of the other holiday offerings. Especially good when topped with gravy. A couple of suggestions: (a) include the bacon grease when folding in the crumbled bacon; (b) crumble the bacon really fine (the kids LOVE it when they come across these little treasure bits); and (c) add a finely chopped yellow onion for a little bit more of a "kick". Chicken or vegetable broth can be substituted for the milk. A dollop of sour cream (and perhaps some chives) go very well with this dish when it's prepared as a side for a normal weekday meal.  -  18 Oct 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I used organic red potatoes, lowfat buttermilk, instead of plain milk, turkey bacon and instead of nutmeg, I added a teaspoon or so of chopped chives and a little garlic powder. We all liked this a great deal. NOTE: For those of you who cook with turnips, be aware that they cook faster than potatoes. So, when you cut up your turnips, make them larger than your potatoes so they cook evenly.  -  11 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)