Like some others, I also had to tweak this recipe. But after doing so, it turned out really good. First of all, I didn't cook my bacon and onions together. I did my bacon first and set it aside. Then cooked my onion in the drippings for just a minute or two to let them soak up the flavor. I did NOT drain the grease. (This southern girl never wastes good bacon drippings. Paula Dean would be proud.) To keep the bacon from getting soggy, I didn't add it until I added the cream.
Secondly, I read several complaints that it was too watery. So I only used 1 cup of water which took care of that problem.
Thirdly, I read several complaints of it being too bland. I added 2 stalks of celery and 2 cloves of garlic to the mix. I didn't use the dill because my hubby isn't a big fan.
After the taters got soft, I added the cream, then mashed them with a potato smasher and mixed them with a hand mixer (strongly recommended). At this point, you can taste-test it. I felt it was really bland and needed waaaay more salt. I didn't measure how much I used. I just kept putting more in there until it tasted right. Probably about 2 talbespoons. It needs more pepper too and I just used black pepper instead of white. I still felt it needed something so I added a little garlic powder and some onion flakes to the mix. Finally, I felt it was getting there, but that it needed more bacon!!
I cooked more bacon to crumble on top of each bowl just before serving (about one and a half pieces per person).
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