|Bacon Ranch Potatoes|
Definitely more than a side dish...these potatoes are a meal!
When I first saw the original recipe over on Joyously Domestic, I knew this was something that would make it's way into my menu.
Potatoes? Bacon (YEAH!)? Cheese? These are three words of pure ecstasy. How can you go wrong?
|Tasty side dish|
I used way more bacon--ok she said whatever you want--and the same with the cheese. But I wanted to jazz up the sauce more than the usual ranch dressing and I have to say that even though I like dill, I could NOT see it in this dish.
So what resulted was a more piquant and creamy sauce and a better (to me at least) herb addition.
Made in my favorite (but it is hard to pick) Revol baking dish and my new halogen oven. You want crispy and cooking on the "cheap" go halogen. I love mine and they cost next to nothing to run and cook in about 1/2 the time!!!
Bacon Ranch Potatoes
- 2 lbs red bliss potatoes, cut in chunks
- 1/4 cup buttermilk ranch dressing (the stuff in the bottle)
- 2 tbs Russian or Thousand Island Dressing
- 2 tbs sour cream
- 2 tbs minced fresh chives or 1 tbs dehydrated
- 5 slices bacon, diced
- 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
- 2 green onions, chopped finely for garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray or grease an 13 x 9-inch baking pan*
In a large bowl, combine the dressings, sour cream, chives, bacon, potatoes and 1/2 cup of the cheese.
Place potato mixture in prepared pan. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 60 minutes.
Remove foil and stir. Turn oven temperature to 400 degree F. Return pan to the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of cheese over the potatoes. Bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Remove from oven and garnish with green onion.
Makes 6-8 servings. Nutrition info will be based on 8 side dish portions (no matter what, it's calorie and fat packed--which is why it's so goooooood).
*About the pan size--if you want crispier potatoes, use the 13 x 9 pan. If you want softer potatoes, use an 11 x 7 or as I did an 8 x 8 deep square baker. Bake times are the same for all pans. Cook times are for a conventional oven. A halogen oven would cook in half the time.
|Bacon Ranch Potatoes|