Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Cheddar Bacon Potato Packets

If I had to choose a favorite vegetable, it would have to be the potato.  They are just so versatile (and filling!).  I just love to make so much with taters.  The possibilities are endless and thankfully I married a tater-lovin' man too.  It was a match made in Spudsville.
Some of y'all might remember the potato packet recipe I shared last year?  This just takes those potatoes up a notch.  I mean, really, how can you go wrong with cheese and bacon??  I first started making this recipe years ago after seeing it in my trusty big red Betty Crocker cookbook.  The folks at Betty Crocker come out with a new big red cookbook every few years. They are great if you are new to cooking or looking for timeless recipes.  I just changed out the types of cheese used. I prefer good ole cheddar for this. It melts well and tastes great.  These are great for summer because you can easily make them on the grill.
Throw some steaks on the grill too and you have an amazing meal and no heating up the house. But these are easily made in your oven too (see notes below for directions). 
Ingredients:
4 medium potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
4 tbsp. butter
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup cooked & crumbled bacon
2 green onions, sliced
salt & pepper to taste
This recipe is really to taste. Use as much (or as little) cheddar cheese as you like for each one. We like a lot of cheddar cheese on ours.  Also, to save time, you can use those prepackaged bacon pieces or microwaveable bacon.

Directions:
Preheat grill to medium heat (make sure grates are clean).

You'll need 4 large squares of foil to make these packets.
If you aren't using nonstick aluminum foil, you'll need to make sure you spray the foil really 
well with nonstick cooking spray to keep potatoes from sticking while cooking.
Place cubed potatoes on each of the 4 aluminum foil squares.
Add 1 tbsp. butter to each pile of potatoes.
Sprinkle with salt & pepper, to taste.
Cover potatoes with about 1/2 cup shredded cheese and 1/4 cup bacon pieces.
Wrap foil securely around potatoes.
 My foil piece wasn't large enough on this one so I ended up having to place another small piece of foil on top.  Pierce foil with a knife several times to vent steam while cooking.
 Place on grill (only 2 shown here).
Cover and cook over medium heat for about 45-60 minutes until potatoes are tender.
Once potatoes are finished, sprinkle with sliced green onions.
This makes 4 very generous servings.
A large potato might be enough for 2 people to share.
Cook's Notes: These can be made in the oven as well. Place packets on a baking sheet in a
375F degree oven for about 45 minutes (until potatoes are fork tender). 

23 comments:

RavieNomNoms said...

Well hello there pockets of goodness!!

Angie's Recipes said...

Such a comforting and delicious potato dish!

Jessica@AKitchenAddiction said...

These will be making an appearance at my house real soon!!

labbie1 said...

Yummers! Bacon and Cheese! And butter! Yummmmmm!!!!! Good idea for this recipe. :) Pinning it!

Ellen B Cookery said...

What a great idea! I love the addition of cheese here!

Pretend Chef said...

Yummy!

The Better Baker said...

These look absolutely mouth-watering! OH MY!

Medeja said...

So easy! So delicious!

Elyse said...

I started to scroll though this recipe, even though the name of the recipe really didn't catch my attention. Let me tell you though, when I saw the picture of cheesy goodness, I was absolutely sold and so glad I kept looking. Yum

Drisanna said...

These look delicious. I bet the would work with the frozen hash browns - the cubed ones, not the grated ones, too. That would make it even faster for when you are in a hurry.

Annie {From the Bookshelf} said...

Drooling. Yum! Gotta get these made this weekend!

Jenn said...

This is my kind of dish!

Tara said...

These look so good I have added them to my Mouth Watering Mondays post today. Come on over to see at www.noshingwiththenolands.com I have to make these!! Cheers, Tara

Anita at Hungry Couple said...

So simple and so, so good!

Cherie said...

Love love love how you make things so simple and yummy! Makes me want to cook;-)

Sarah E. said...

We have been making this exact recipe for YEARS!! It's a family favorite and a crowd pleaser too!

Courtney Z. said...

I made these for my family and everyone loved them! They were a huge hit and little did they know how simple it was to make. It literally took me minutes to put together and cooked in the oven while I prepared the rest of the meal! Definitely a keeper. Thanks for sharing.

Marashea said...

I love the simplicity of the recipe. I can't wait to make it. I live in an apartment and we can not have a gas or charcoal grill on our patio. Will this work on a George Forman grill?

~PJ~ said...

I have been spending a fortune every payday BUYING packages (many)of frozen potatoes and broccoli in a cheddar sauce due to a crazy addiction to them. Thanks to this posting, I will now begin mass production of these packages and freezing them for future use.

How will the time and temp need to be changed if I add broccoli to this recipe and cook in the oven.....or will it? Thanks for sharing.....this is a lifesaver!

The Country Cook said...

PJ - good question! I'm not sure I have a good answer though. The trick is with broccoli is you want it to steam but not get too wilted down. I would probably add it in the last 20 minutes of cooking if you could handle taking them out, opening and putting broccoli in (being careful of the steam). If you try it - let me know!

Anonymous said...

These look delicious! Love the idea of each one being individual. Thanks for the great recipe.

IZZN said...

I will shield myself from the disapproving looks, but I baste the foil generously with clarified bacon drippings rather than use the spray. I can't help it, it's what I raised with and the potatoes taste great! (Ducking now...)

Dena Martin said...

I've struggled with making good breakfast potatoes for our guests. This would be perfect and with little fuss - I can concentrate on other things while the oven does all the work. Thanks for this!