Thursday, March 29, 2012

Deep South Eats: Bacon Cheddar Crock Pot Potatoes

While I love the crock pot for main dishes, it is wonderful to stretch my capabilities of crock pot cooking and try a side dish. The first time I attempted this recipe, I followed the directions and ended up with so-so results. It was a little disappointing, but I was determined to try, try again. I think the fault of the original recipe was not cooking the bacon before putting it in the crock pot. The texture was underwhelming as you were expecting a bite of crisp bacon and ended up with a rubbery texture. Second go around, I crisped the bacon in the microwave for a few minutes and then crumbled it. I was much more pleased with the crunchy bits of bacon and the overall flavor was excellent. These potatoes pack a good amount of flavor, so serve them with a more mild main dish. Rotisserie chicken, grilled steak, or some barbecue pork chops would be an excellent choice to accompany.

  • 1/4 pound of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 medium potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 8 slices of cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter, cubed
  • salt and pepper
  • Green Onions, sliced (optional)
  • Line crock pot with foil, overlapping the edges with enough foil to cover the tops of the potatoes.
  • Layer: half each of bacon, onions, potatoes and cheese in crock pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper and 1 Tablespoon of cubed butter. Repeat layers with remaining half of ingredients.
  • Cover with remaining foil and place crock pot lid on top.
  • Cook on low for 10-12 hours.
Original Recipe from Moms with Crock Pots.

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