Mashed potatoes get a magical upgrade with all the best fixings like bacon, Cheddar, and chives.
1. Cut the potatoes into 1-inch chunks and place in a large pot. Cover with cold water. Season with salt. Partially cover and heat to a boil on high. Uncover and reduce heat. Simmer 12–14 min., until potatoes are very tender.
2. Meanwhile, finely chop the bacon. In a 10-inch skillet, cook the bacon on medium 6–8 min., until crisp, stirring often. Set aside. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the milk and butter. Cover with vented plastic and microwave 3 min., until butter melts, stirring once halfway through.
3. Drain the potatoes and return to pot. Add the milk mixture and sour cream. Season potatoes with salt and pepper. With potato masher, mash until mostly smooth.
4. Fold in bacon, cheese, and chives, reserving 2 tbsp each bacon, cheese, and chives for garnish. Transfer to serving bowl and garnish with reserved bacon, cheese, and chives.