CHEESY BACON AND MUSHROOM POTATOES
It's meat grilling season at our house! Once it hits 50˚ here in Michigan, I can be sure that all my boys (hubby included) will want to spend every possible moment outside and eating meat! (LOTS of meat!) I am determined to spice up my side dishes from the normal baked potato, rice, beans, or chips. I love a good challenge! Yesterday, I came up with this super easy and delicious side that whipped up fast while hubby grilled up some chicken thighs.
Here's how to make it.
Grab yourself a bunch of potatoes and scrub 'em down and dice 'em up. (I diced them up with the skin on because lets face it, I really just didn't want to peel them.)
Plop those diced potatoes in a pot and pour cold water on top and get them boiling.
You want to boil the potatoes until they are almost fork tender. Don't over-boil. We aren't making mashed potatoes here!
*Fun Fact: Did you know if you lay a wooden spoon on top of a pot it won't boil over? I've tried it. It's true!
Grab an onion and dice it up.
(Try your best not to cry as I do...)
Chop up some mushrooms. *If you don't like mushrooms, leave them out. I know not everyone likes them. (My boys luv them!)
Fry a few slices of bacon. (I used turkey bacon, because I am trying to loose that baby weight! But real bacon would be even more awesome)
Take your crispy bacon out and use the bacon grease to sauté your mushrooms and onions.
Once the mushrooms and onions are about half way, take your almost fork tender potatoes that you have drained, and toss them in the pan. At this point, go a head and add some salt and pepper. Don't stir too much. Let the potatoes brown a little.
Here you see my very red and blotchy hand from washing dishes... (Yikes!) I am spraying some Butter Substitute on the potatoes. Again, watching the fat for me. But put in a few pats of butter for the real thing and some very tasty potatoes!
At this moment, my hungry boys came in the kitchen and insisted I take a picture of them instead of the food! (CHEESE!!! WE ARE HUNGRY!)
Line a sheet pan with foil and spray it with non-stick spray. (I love easy clean up!)
Dump your mixture of potatoes, mushrooms and onions on the pan and sprinkle bacon on top.
And my favorite part...
Pull out your favorite cheeses. Sprinkle liberally on top of your potatoes. I sprinkled half the pan with Colby-Jack and the other with crumbled slices of Pepper Jack. (I have little boys that aren't into spicy yet) Then I sprinkled Mozzarella over the whole pan.
Stick those potatoes under the broiler and let that cheese melt! Pull it out when the cheese is starting to brown and your mouth is salivating from the smell!
Here is the whole recipe for you.
CHEESY BACON AND MUSHROOM POTATOES
5-6 Medium Potatoes - Diced
1 Large Onion - Diced
2 Cups Diced Mushrooms
4-5 Slices of Bacon
1 T. of Butter or Butter Substitute
2 Cups of Cheese (Mozzarella, Colby-Jack, Pepper Jack or favorite cheese)
Boil potatoes until almost fork tender. Fry bacon in a large skillet until crispy. Remove bacon and set aside. Reserve 1 tablespoon of bacon grease. Sauté onions and mushrooms in tablespoon of leftover bacon grease. When mushroom and onions are starting to soften, add drained potatoes to the skillet. Continue softening mushrooms and onions and allowing potatoes to brown. Add salt, pepper, and butter. Dump skillet contents onto a tin foil lined baking pan. Sprinkle with cheeses and place in oven broiler until cheese is melted and beginning to brown.
Keikilani ~ All My Good Things