Bacony Parmesan Potatoes

parmesan potatoesWhat does one make for a very picky eater? This is the question that I ask most nights. My daughter, Grace, eats plain pasta, breaded chicken, ramen noodles and a few other things. I forget what I was making, but I had a potato, some bacon, Parmesan cheese and rosemary. Yes, I have managed to introduce rosemary! So this was the result, which got rave reviews!

Bacony Parmesan Potatoes

Serve 1

1 Tbs olive oil
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 slice bacon, cooked, and crumbled
1 Tbs fresh rosemary, chopped
2 Tbs unsalted butter, cut up
1 potato, peeled, thinly sliced
salt and white pepper, to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Brush the bottom of a little baking dish with the olive oil; set aside.

In prepared baking dish, place the potatoes mixed with the bacon Parmesan, rosemary, salt and pepper. Top with a bit more Parmesan. Bake for about 30 minutes.

If you are making the richer, more grown up version for the rest of the family….

Bacony Parmesan Potatoes for the Family

Serves 8

1 Tbs olive oil
12 oz parmesan cheese, shredded
4 slices – bacon, cooked, and crumbled
1 Tbs fresh rosemary, chopped
1/4 cups – unsalted butter, cut up
4 lbs potatoes, peeled, finely sliced (about 12 cups)
salt and white pepper, to taste
3/4 cups – whole milk
3/4 cups – whipping cream
3 Tbs – all-purpose flour
fresh rosemary, for garnish

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Brush the bottom of a 3-quart rectangular or oval baking dish with the olive oil; set aside.

In prepared baking dish, place half the potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, half of the bacon mixture, and half the herbs. Top with half the Parmesan. Dot with half the butter. Repeat layers.

In a small bowl whisk together whole milk, whipping cream, and flour; pour evenly over potatoes.

Bake, covered, for 1 1/2 hours. Increase temperature to 400 degrees F. Bake, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes more or until potatoes are tender and top is golden brown.

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