James Carrier
Makes 8 cups; about 4 servings

How to Make It

Step 1

In a 5- to 6-quart nonstick pan over high heat, stir bacon until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Add oil to pan; when hot, add onion, apple, and garlic. Stir often over medium heat until onion is very limp and beginning to brown, about 20 minutes. Add wine and stir until evaporated, 3 to 4 minutes.

Step 2

Add potatoes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 3 1/2 cups water; bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes mash easily, 25 to 30 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, in a 1- to 2-quart pan over high heat, boil apple cider until reduced to 1/4 cup, 8 to 15 minutes.

Step 4

Add milk to potato mixture and, working in batches, whirl in a blender or food processor until smooth. Return to pan over low heat and stir in apple cider, cheese, nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir often just until hot, 2 to 3 minutes. Ladle into bowls and top with chives and bacon.

Ratings & Reviews

medfordchef's Review

April 18, 2010
This recipe takes a lot of prep, but comes out delicious. It has a nice, full, creamy texture without the fat from cream and the apple flavor is very subtle. I didn't add as much blue cheese and still had the tangy flavor, so I would suggest using sparingly if you aren't a big fan of it. Overall, will definitely make this again.