So…the other day my parents and I started prepping the yard for spring. It was mainly just raking some flower beds, but the main project was that we had to rip out the stump of a tree that had been over turned by Hurricane Sandy (yup, we’re still cleaning up after that mess). After working at it for a few hours, I ended up being covered in mud. I had to lasso the stump and rip it out with my car….I guess if food blogging and real estate don’t pan out, I could be a lumberjack haha. So after that I went inside to clean up and raid the fridge.
Since my folks were still outside working, I wanted to make something fun for them when they got inside. After thinking about it for a second, I realized we always hear about bacon wrapped shrimp, figs, or veggies…but how come no one ever wraps it around a potato? It’s like combining two of America’s favorite foods. I mean, come on! Has no one but me had hashbrowns and bacon? When I was younger, that’s all I would order for breakfast on vacations (or the occasional trip to a local diner). Match made in Heaven.
So I did just that! Wrapped bacon around potato wedges and baked until they became tender. The high heat of the oven crisps up the bacon nicely too…and all that flavor filled fat soaks into the potato. It’s like a potato/bacon confit. My parents couldn’t stop eating them and asked me to make a tray (or five) of these bacon wrapped potatoes for our next party. Guess it’s a winner. Try it out! :)
**Serve it with ketchup mixed with a little bit of hot sauce. It’s a simple condiment, but so tasty.”
4 strips of bacon
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt/pepper/garlic powder to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wash and cut the potatoes into wedges.
Bring a pot of water to a boil, add a pinch of salt. Parboil the potatoes, about 6 minutes (parboil means you don’t cook it all the way…so it’s still “raw”.) Remove from water and brush with a little extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle lightly with salt/pepper/garlic powder. Cool slightly before handling.
Cut the strips of bacon into sections (each strip will cover 3-4 potato wedges). Wrap around potato. Place on bacon sheet.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, flipping the potatoes onto a new side every 6 minutes.
Serve with spicy ketchup and enjoy!