Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Oven Roasted Potatoes...toppped with bacon!

Ok, so usually my favorite kind of potatoes are mashed....but these are delectable! And I just have to share this recipe with you. I know it's long but it's not hard to make at all, I promise! Just make sure you start this before your main course if your main course doesn't take very long to prepare :)

1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 lb hickory smoked bacon
5-6 baking potatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c sweet onion, chopped
1 green onion, minced
1/4 c Parmesan cheese
2 tsp coarse salt
2 tsp fresh ground peppers
1 tbs fresh parsley
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano

Peel potatoes then quarter or cube them (you can cube after they have been boiled also)  and place in large pot. Fill pot with water until potatoes are covered by 2-3 inches of water. Bring water to a boil and cook for 12-15 minutes or until potatoes are just barely fork tender. 
Meanwhile slice bacon strips in half then cut into 1/2 inch pieces.
Cook bacon in skillet until golden but still flexible. You don't want it crunchy. Remove cooked bacon onto a plate and reserve bacon drippings for later use.
Once potatoes are done, drain and allow to cool.  While potatoes are cooling preheat oven to 425 and mince the garlic and parsley. Also grate Parmesan cheese. 
Next prepare the baking sheet by brushing 1 tablespoon of olive oil and half the bacon drippings on the bottom of the pan.  Once the potatoes are cool if not already  cubed do so now. 
Place the potatoes cut side down on prepared pan and sprinkle with course salt and fresh ground pepper. 
Place in oven for 35-40 minutes. Rotate potatoes halfway through the baking time to ensure an even color.
Reduce temperature to 375 and turn potatoes over. Sprinkle with the bacon, garlic, onion, green onion and Parmesan cheese. Add more salt and pepper if desired. Return to oven for an additional 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are evenly browned and cheese is melted. Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh parsley, basil and oregano.

And I made these yummy little treats for an appetizer- even better than the potatoes! Sweet Bacon Chicken- YUM

1 lb boneless skinless chicken, cubed
1/2 lb to 1 lb bacon
2/3 c. brown sugar
2 tbs. chili powder
2 tsp hot sauce

Cut chicken into 1 inch or so cubes. Then cute bacon strips into thirds. Wrap each piece of chicken with a piece of bacon. Combine brown sugar and chili powder then dredge chicken in the mix. and place in greased pan. Drizzle the hot sauce over the chicken then bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until bacon is crisp

So there it is. Also I'd like to say congrats to two of my good friends on becoming aunts today! They both sent me pictures of their nieces and they're pretty cute :) So congratulations again girls! I hope you enjoy being aunts and spoiling the little babies!

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