March 26, 2012

Skillet Potatoes with Bacon and Parmesan Cheese

I was inspired by a picture I found on Pinterest that came from this blog to make these potatoes.  Instead of making my usual Twice Baked Potatoes to go along with my chicken for Sunday dinner, I decided to switch things up a bit.  A crispy potato dish was just what I was looking for.  This dish really is so versatile.  You can throw in whatever you have in your fridge or pantry.  Instead of parsley, you could add some dried rosemary or thyme.  You could throw in some smoked paprika and use Cheddar cheese.  You could use the same seasonings that were used in these spicy chili fries and have some spicy potato bites!  I was also thinking some Feta cheese would be amazing.  
Skillet Potatoes w/ Bacon & Parmesan Cheese
from: Jenn@eatcakefordinner
idea adapted from: here
(Printable Recipe)

3 russet potatoes
1/2 lb. bacon, diced
salt and pepper
2 Tbl. chopped fresh parsley
freshly grated Parmesan cheese
ranch dressing, for serving

Wash and dry potatoes.  Poke each potato with a fork a few times.  Wrap tightly in foil.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour - 1 1/2 hours or until tender (really depends on how big your potatoes are).  Remove from oven and remove foil.  Allow to set for a few minutes or until cool enough to handle.  Use a sharp knife and carefully cut into cubes (the potatoes are very soft, so the slower you cut, the better).  I cut the potato in half lengthwise and then each half into thirds and then cut into cubes.  If you don't want to dice the potatoes, you could always just slice them into rounds instead.  Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the diced bacon and fry until crisp.  Using a slotted spoon, remove bacon and set on a paper towel lined plate.  Reserve 1-2 Tablespoons of bacon grease in the pan.  Carefully add cubed potato pieces to the pan.  Season with salt and pepper.  Allow to cook for several minutes, without stirring, until potatoes are nice and browned and crisp.  Flip over and allow to brown on the other side.  Top with cooked bacon, chopped parsley and grated Parmesan cheese (as much as you like).  Allow the cheese to melt.  Serve plain or with ranch dressing.  Yield: 3-4 servings.      

Jenn's Notes: The key to crispy potatoes is to only flip them once.  Don't flip them until they are browned and crispy. I prefer these potatoes dipped in ranch dressing.      


  1. These sound amazing - pinned!

  2. Wow, these look great! I'll have to add them to my must try list, and make them soon!

    Just wanted to thank you for stopping by on Foodie Friday!


  3. Oh, I'm totally drooling! Added this to my list of things to make. Cannot wait to try!

  4. I want a plate of these right now--pure comfort food.
    Looks delicious.

  5. Oh my yum... bacon,cheese and taters is the best meal ever.

  6. These sound delicious, I also want a plate of these all by themselves! Have pinned, will try :)

  7. Yum, these look really good! I think these will be part of my weekend meal planning!
    I'd like to invite you to share it at Sweet & Simple Sunday!

  8. Oh my! These look amazing! I am going to get the ingredients for supper! Would you share these on my linky party?

  9. Potatoes are possible my favorite food - this recipe has me drooling!

    Thanks for linking up at Beautify It Monday! We were thrilled to have such a great turn out for out first party! Features will go up on Saturday and we hope to see you back again on Monday for week 2!

  10. um...yummmmm. This looks awesome!

  11. yummm! I think feta would be super delish too. Definitely going to try these:)
    I am your next door neighbour at think pink so I thought I would come by and say hi!

  12. This looks so so so yummy!!!

    I would love for you to share this at my Flaunt It Friday link party. There are also TWO amazing giveaways this week! It closes Sunday at midnight.

    Looking forward to more posts,

  13. These potatoes sound so good, wish I had been there!

  14. Ooh, this lokos delicious! Maybe not better than twice baked, but definitely a cool way to change it up.:)

  15. These potatoes look and sound yummy!! Can't wait to try these. Thanks for sharing the recipe.