We have now entered my favorite area, the potato! Clearly, I am a simple woman, because this Scottish Bacon and Potato Pie is one of my very favorite, satisfying recipes. My sister and I have a running joke, that when we eat something we love, we say, “Oh my gosh, I could marry this…….(fill in the blank)”. This recipe is one in which I do make that proclamation and I don’t take marriage lightly! This is just that delicious. Actually, it’s better than that!
Scottish Bacon and Potato Pie is beautiful enough to serve to company, but simple enough for a weeknight meal.
It is often the simplest, least complicated things that are often the best. Now, I certainly would never turn down the opportunity to cook or eat a wonderful meal, even one that took hours to prepare. Recipes with lots of ingredients, preparation styles and layers of flavor are right in my wheelhouse. I like the challenge of pushing myself outside the box and trying to conquer something that I hadn’t ever thought I could. That however, is not my everyday cooking style.
To me, food is more than just nutrition and eating is more than just satisfying hunger. To enjoy a meal, is the ability to receive what that food offers. Feeding the people I love, is one of my great loves. To cook something that brings back wonderful memories, creates comfort or delights and satisfies the soul, is a gift I know I am blessed with.
Scottish Bacon and Potato Pie is layers of thinly sliced potatoes, neatly piled on a bed of bacon. It is then seasoned with parmesan, spices and baked until the potatoes are tender and the bacon crisp. Phenomenal!
I’m going go say it, I think potatoes get a bum rap. They are clearly the most easily overlooked side dish. They aren’t as mysterious sounding as quinoa or farro. They may not be as fancy as a skillet of risotto, or cheese filled tortellini, but don’t underestimate the loveliness of a potato. It may not look like much on the outside, but when treated well, it blossoms into amazing dishes. This Scottish Bacon and Potato Pie, is on every level, a simple recipe. It takes a few basic ingredients and weaves them together in a way that is absolute magic. You will want to keep coming back for more of this comfort food, forkful after delicious forkful.
When done baking, this Scottish Bacon and Potato Pie is impressive and may even look a little complicated. Rest assured, it is a simple dish to make. It just takes a couple of minutes to put together and even the most novice cook can master this impressive and tasty recipe.
To make this pie, you will need potatoes that you have scrubbed. We are not peeling these, so the skins need to be clean. I like to choose an Idaho potato, because they have thin skin and are the perfect combination of waxiness and starchiness. Slice the potatoes approximately 1/4″ in thickness. You will be layering these potatoes on a bed of bacon slices that have been spiraled out in the bottom of a pie plate, like the spokes of a wheel.
Once your bacon is in place, you will layer about 1/3 of your sliced potatoes in the bottom. You can do as many layers as the depth of your baking dish will allow. On top of the potato layer, you will drizzle 1 tablespoon of melted butter, parmesan cheese and black pepper. You then repeat the layers until you reach the top of your baking dish. The final layer will be parmesan cheese and black pepper. Place this into a preheated oven and bake for approximately 45 minutes or the potatoes are fork tender.
Scottish Bacon and Potato Pie
- 9 slices bacon
- 2 pounds Idaho potatoes
- 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
- 3 tbsp melted butter
- cracked black pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a deep 9-inch pie pan with nonstick spray.
- Place strips of bacon into the bottom of the prepared pie pan. Lay the strips across the length of the pan and keep adding and while turning slightly, until the bottom and sides of the dish is covered with the bacon and looks like the spokes of a wheel.
- Scrub potatoes and slice 1/4" thin. Layer the potatoes over the top of the bacon. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the parmesan cheese, drizzle with 1 tablespoon of melted butter and cracked black pepper.
- Start another layer of potatoes on top of the parmesan cheese layer. You will repeat this layering 3 times with the top layer being a parmesan cheese, butter and black pepper. Press the potatoes down firmly before adding each cheese layer.
- Place this into a preheated oven for approximately 45-50 minutes or potatoes are tender. You can poke the potatoes with a fork to ensure they are soft.
- Remove from oven and let sit for about 5 minutes before inverting onto serving platter. Slice like you would a pie to serve.
This is a dish that look like it may be complicated, but it isn’t. You are merely placing bacon strips in a pie pan and layering potatoes. Easy peasy! You can even make this ahead of time and pop it into the oven at mealtime. I like to serve this with my Never Fail Prime Rib at the holidays or with a gorgeous Smoked Pork Butt on a Sunday afternoon. It always wows my guests if I make this as a side dish with Simple Cedar Plank Salmon. All that to say, it goes with everything and is an absolute favorite in my family and with my guests. Give it a try, and you will be amazed how easy, satisfying and delicious this is. Enjoy friends!!
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