I love a good plateful of comfort food, especially in the winter. And that’s what my cheesy potato casserole here is all about! Braised slices of potatoes, onions and bacon in beer. While the whole lot is covered in a gooey layer of melted cheese…
Are you in for a real treat?
That day I wanted to make a potato side dish.
And of course I also thought about making classic au gratin potatoes dauphinoise. So I started slicing the potatoes. But the minute I want to grab the cream for my sauce, I just can’t find it anywhere in my fridge.
And I’m sure that I bought some! Sounds familiar?
There goes my initial plan to make dauphinoise then. Time to start thinking of a plan B.
I plow through my kitchen cupboards, pantry and fridge to try to come up with a decent alternative for my potato side dish. In the end I have picked up onions, bacon, beer and cheese along the way.
Only question is, can I make something edible with these ingredients?
Cheesy Potato Casserole with Beer
So I started to form an idea in my head.
Bacon potatoes braised in beer. Why not give that a try? I tossed all the ingredients in a baking dish and popped it in a hot oven. Let’s see what comes out of it.
I can assure you that something very savory ended up on our dinner table that evening! Because it’s a gorgeous potato casserole: it’s rich, smooth, cheesy. Excellent.
I also served it with juicy pork chops for dinner that night. However I could also eat it just as a main meal. Potatoes, bacon and beer, that sounds like a proper meal to me!
Comfort food at its best. I’m sure you get the point!
Do you love potatoes and bacon?
Then also check out my classic German potato salad!
Dig in and enjoy…
- 2 lbs oven potatoes (900 g)
- 5,5 oz salted bacon (155 g), diced
- 1 small onion sliced
- 1 medium garlic clove chopped
- 4,5 oz cheese (125 g), grated
- 1 cup pilsner beer (240 ml)
- olive oil
- Peel the potatoes and slice them up evenly. Place a pan of salted water over high heat until boiling. Then add the sliced potato.
- Blanch the potatoes for 3 minutes. Then drain them and rinse under cold running tap water. Pour a little olive oil in a non-stick pan and add the onion and garlic.
- Stir fry for 3 to 4 minutes over medium heat until the onions start to brown. Season with a little pepper. Add the diced bacon.
- Stir well and cook for another 5 minutes. Then take the pan off the heat and put it aside until cooled. Layer some of the blanched potato slices on the bottom of a ceramic dish. Cover with some of the cooked onion and bacon mixture. Season with pepper and salt.
- Cover with some grated cheese.
- Top with another layer of potatoes, onion, bacon and cheese. Season with pepper and salt. Finish with a layer of potatoes. Pour the beer on top.
- Season with pepper and salt. Then top with the remaining grated cheese.
- Bake the potato casserole in a preheated oven at 356°F (200°C) for 30 minutes until the cheese has melted. Check regularly. Cover the dish with tinfoil if the top starts to burn. Then remove the casserole and let it cool a bit. Cut it up and serve.