My husbands favorite side dish is red potatoes, he likes them just about any way but these Bacon and Garlic Baked Red Potatoes are always a hit. Boiling them first then baking them makes them smooth and creamy on the inside and nice and crunchy on the outside, the perfect combo.
Bacon and Garlic Baked Red Potatoes
You will need
- 5-6 cups cubed red potatoes
- 2-3 thick cut strips of bacon,
- 1 clove of fresh garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon parsley fresh or dry
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
First, in a pan fry your bacon. I found it is easiest to get uniform perfectly cooked bacon bits if you cut them before you cook them. If you toss the strips in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before cutting them they become MUCH easier to cut. Once they are cooked remove from pan, but keep the drippings. Add fresh garlic and parsley to the bacon drippings set aside. I like to mince my garlic with a garlic press, quick easy and no mess.
Prep a large baking sheet with 1 table of olive oil on the bottom, set aside. You could use non stick spray or butter as well, what ever you prefer. Wash and cube potatoes, boil them for 10 mins in a large stock pot or till they are fork tender.
Drain potatoes, then in a mixing bowl add hot potatoes, bacon drippings, garlic and parsley. Stir till well coated salt and pepper to taste, pour out onto prepared baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, till they turn golden brown. Garnish with bacon you cooked earlier.