Butternut & Bacon Mash

Those of you who are avid readers of my blog, know very well about my love affair with butternut and sweet potato by now.  This last few days I have been using butternut in any which way I can.

Readers, friend and family have this impression that I host dinner parties at least 4 times a week, and of course that a 3 course sit down meal, which is served with all the bells and whistles because it’s so easy when you are a chef.  Sorry guys, but this is definitely not the case!  There is a huge difference between a dinner party for 4 – 6 people, and a wedding where I am catering for anywhere between 80 and 180 people.

My dinner parties in my mind are normally very boring, so I do try to experiemnet and introduce something different.  Last week we invited my parents in law over for a easy dinner, which consisted of roast pork and butternut mash with bacon.

I remember having sweet potato mash as a kid, and mashed up butternut, so I kind of tried to put an idea together which I will happily do again.

Butternut & Bacon Mash

1kg butternut, cleaned and cubed
1 pkt bacon, diced
Butter
seasoning
2 tbsp golden syrup

Steam the butternut, or boil it, for about 30 – 40 minutes, but just make sure that you strain it properly as you don’t want to retain to much of the liquid otherwise your mash comes out sloppy.
Fry off the bacon until nice and crispy, this is the only time I do enjoy crispy bacon.
When the butternut is nice and soft, mash until smooth, add a nice dollop of butter, and mix through.
Add bacon and then season to taste.  Careful on the salt as the bacon will contribute to the salt factor. Add a drizzle of golden syrup, just to round off the flavours.

Serve with a little crumbled feta on top.  This is great as something different for a roast or your vegetables with any  meal.