This one is a crowd pleaser and will not take up too much of your time. All you need is some potatoes and bacon, a match made in food heaven (at least in my opinion). Make it as a quick snack if you have company over or as a lazy weeknight dinner, with a salad on the side. My dad tasted a similar dish while visiting relatives that live near Carpathian mountains in Ukraine and was so impressed with it that my mom had to try making it. The original version had small potatoes cut in half and topped with a nice chubby slice of smoked salo (Ukrainian type of bacon that has no, or very little, meat). It is delicious and comes with a variety of seasonings. I improvised given the lack of proper salo and unwillingness to wait for too long for the thicker cut spuds to cook through. I like to season them with salt and pepper as bacon packs quite a bit of flavour, but feel free to experiment with your favourite seasonings. The result will be delicious! I do wonder, how this dish is not a pub food staple?
Prep time is quick and my helper in this case is my trusted mandolin. This kitchen gadget is inexpensive and extremely useful. You can buy one with various attachments and start shredding and slicing to your heart’s content. When I am feeling lazy I use the mandolin to slice onions for salads, as my chopping skills are not exactly worthy of my chef’s knife (but I like to tell myself that I am getting better). Just watch out for your fingers as it is very easy to get carried away with all that speedy slicing and end up with a nasty cut. Most mandolins come with a holder thingy (AKA handguard) so you don’t have to directly hold your vegetables and risk getting your nail sliced off. OUCH! Below is a link to the one similar to mine:
To feed 4 hungry people you will need:
- 8-9 medium potatoes, scrubbed clean and thinly sliced
- 1 package of bacon, cut into 1/2 inch wide strips
- Parchment paper
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 375F
- Line the baking sheet with parchment paper and generously oil it to prevent potatoes from sticking
- Arrange potatoes in rows, slightly overlapping
- Season with salt and pepper
- Top each slice of potato with a piece of bacon
- Bake for approximately 45 minutes, until potatoes get slightly crispy around the edges. If you like them more well-done, bake for 10 to 15 minutes longer.