Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes

These have got to be my favorite mashed potatoes to date. I love the caramelized onions in this side dish. It definitely adds a sweet and savory flavor to the potatoes. I am not a huge fans of onions, but I love them when they are cooked this way. Since the onions need time to cook, this dish is a bit more time consuming, but they are well worth the wait. I didn't have any red potatoes so I used regular white potatoes and they still turned out great. Yum! The only downfall is that the points are a little high for a side dish, but as long as you plan your points for the rest of the day you can still enjoy this dish.

Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes

1 tablespoon canola oil
2 large onions, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1-1/2 pounds medium red potatoes, quartered
3 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
3 tablespoons fat-free milk
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
2 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; add onions and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cook and stir for 15 minutes or until moisture has evaporated and onions are completely wilted. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook and stir for 30-40 minutes or until onions are caramelized. (If necessary, add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if onions begin to stick to the pan.)
Meanwhile, place potatoes and garlic in a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 18-22 minutes or until tender.
Drain potatoes; place in a large bowl and mash. Add the sour cream, milk, pepper and remaining salt; mash until blended. Stir in caramelized onions. Transfer to a serving bowl. Drizzle with butter; sprinkle with cheese and bacon.

Servings: 6  (2/3 cup servings)   Calories: 200   Fat: 9g   Fiber: 3g   WW Points: 4

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