Bacon roasted potatoes are a great way of enjoying roasted potatoes because the bacon oil and bits really flavour the potatoes. It is quite sinful with the bacon fats but like all foods sinful, they are so delicious. I adapted the recipe from Michael Smith’s Chef at Home program (one of my favourite cooking shows) and this is my favourite to-go simple roasted potatoes recipe. I enjoy these potatoes both as a meal on its own or as a side dish.
I par boil the potatoes in step 2 to reduce the roasting time. If you do not wish to do so, you can use raw potatoes but increase the roasting time to about 40 minutes, or until the potato skin is wrinkled.
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
150g streaky bacon thinly sliced
8 baby potatoes (scrubbed & skin on) halved or quartered
5 cloves garlic mashed
2 dried bay leaves
salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
Toss bacon slices in a large sauté pan, add a splash of water and begin heating the pan over a medium-high heat. When the water evaporates and the bacon begins to brown, turn the heat down and continue cooking until the bacon is browned and crisp. Set aside the bacon oil and the bacon bits.
Par boil the potatoes in boiling water for about 10 minutes. Add par-boiled potatoes in a roasting tray, and coat the potatoes with bacon oil.
Season the potatoes with sea salt and pepper. Add garlic and bay leaves. Roast the potatoes at 200°C (392°F) for about 20 minutes, or until the skin is wrinkled. Top with the previously prepared bacon bits.
Noob Cook Tip
You may also add 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary in the roasting tray for additional flavour.