POTATOES TIKA WITH BACON & CHEESE

Tika Potatoes

     A month or so ago, I created a new potato dish called Potatoes Tika.  We loved them so much that I decided to make them even better!  I added cooked bacon, sautéed onions and peppers, and topped them with cheese.  I lightened up on the butter, too.  Baking them in cast iron created crispy edges, and the cheese topping added a wonderful flavor layer! Unbelievably delicious!  Give them a try.

INGREDIENTS:  4 – 5 Servings

2 large russet potatoes, thinly sliced

6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 medium onion, sliced

3 mini sweet peppers, sliced

2 TBSP butter to dot on top

Drizzle of olive oil

1 cup grated cheese (Cheddar, American, Mexican, Gruyere, or your favorite)

Seasonings for top: Pepper, Parsley, Paprika, Garlic Powder

 

PREPARATION:

In 10” cast iron skillet, cook bacon until crisp, crumble, and set aside.  With wadded up paper towels, remove most of the grease from skillet.  While the bacon is cooking, slice potatoes, peppers, and onions.

In the same skillet, sauté peppers and onions in the remaining bacon grease.  Remove to paper toweling.

In same skillet, place half the potatoes, lay onions, peppers, and bacon on top.  Add remainder of potatoes.  Drizzle with olive oil, dot with butter, add pepper, parsley and garlic powder.  Cover with foil and bake.  You can vary the temperature in case you’re baking something along with the potatoes (like meatloaf.  Yum!) Anywhere between 350° F and 400 ° F until potatoes are tender.  Allow 45 minutes to an hour, depending on temperature of oven.

Remove foil, add grated cheese, and return to oven until the cheese melts and becomes slightly browned.  (About 10-15 minutes).

NOTE:  If making enough for a family, double everything, use a larger cast iron skillet and add a little extra baking time.

 

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Tika Potatoes

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