Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes Florentine

Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes Florentine

8 ounces fresh baby spinach
4 bacon slices, chopped
2 shallots, minced
1 (22-ounce) package frozen mashed potatoes
2 1/3 cups milk
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter or margarine
8 ounces crumbled blue cheese, divided

REMOVE large stems from spinach.

SAUT? bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp; remove and
drain bacon, reserving drippings in skillet. Add shallots to skillet, and
saut? until tender; remove from skillet. Add spinach, and saut? 4 to 5 minutes
or until wilted. Set aside.

COMBINE mashed potatoes, milk, and butter in a 2-quart microwave-safe bowl.
Microwave at HIGH 15 minutes, stirring once. Let stand 2 minutes. Stir in
bacon, shallots, and half of crumbled blue cheese.

ARRANGE spinach around edges of a serving plate. Spoon potatoes in center,
and sprinkle with remaining blue cheese. Makes 4 to 6 servings.