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Potato and Bacon Cake

This simple four-ingredient dish can be assembled the day before and refrigerated, tightly covered.

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  • Servings: 8
Potato and Bacon Cake

Photography: Con Poulos

Source: Everyday Food, May 2011

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 3/4 pound bacon, cut crosswise into 1 1/2-inch pieces

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large pot, bring potatoes to a boil over high in salted water. Reduce to a rapid simmer and cook 7 minutes. Drain well and return potatoes to pot. Meanwhile, in a large cast-iron or heavy skillet, cook bacon over medium-high, stirring occasionally, until browned but not completely crisp, 7 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain.

  2. Pour all but 2 tablespoons fat into a small bowl. Return skillet to heat and cook one-third the potatoes, stirring occasionally, until light golden brown, 3 minutes. Transfer to an 8-inch round cake pan (2 inches deep); sprinkle with one-third the bacon. Press firmly with the back of a large spoon to pack mixture very tightly. Cook remaining potatoes in two batches. Layer each batch in pan with bacon, pressing as you go. Spoon 1/4 cup reserved bacon fat over mixture. Cover tightly with foil; bake 1 hour. Remove foil; bake until potatoes are crisp and golden, 30 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes. Invert onto a plate.

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