Crispy Cheese and Bacon Potatoes

Crispy Cheese and Bacon Potatoes

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Crispy roasted potatoes, topped with melting cheese and plenty of crisp bacon are a great side dish for any meal.


Ingredients:

  • ½ pound bacon
  • 6 cups (about 3 extra large) russet potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1/2"-3/4" pieces
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¾ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar (or Mexican blend shredded cheeses)
  • 3 green onions (sliced thin)

Directions:

  1. Cook the bacon: Spread the bacon strips out across a large rimmed baking sheetpan and place on the middle rack of a COLD oven. Set the temperature to 400 degrees. Set a timer for 16 minutes and check the bacon. Remove it from the oven when it is as crisp or crunchy as you like.
  2. Cook the potatoes: While the bacon is cooking, peel and chop the potatoes. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. There should be 2-3 tablespoons of bacon grease left on the sheet pan. (If there is more than that, drain off a bit.)
  3. Put the potatoes on the pan and toss with tongs to thoroughly coat them in the bacon grease. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread the potatoes out in a single layer and bake for 20 minutes, stir well with a spatula and bake an additional 20 minutes. Stir again, making sure that none of the potatoes are sticking to the tray. Bake another 15 minutes.
  4. Chop the bacon into small pieces. Remove the potatoes from the oven, stir again and sprinkle generously with shredded cheese and chopped bacon. Return the tray to the oven and bake an additional 2-3 minutes, until the cheese has melted. Top with sliced green onions just before serving.