Cheese Potatoes (Poutine Precurser)

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"As a Canadian I adore poutine, our French fries smothered in curd cheese and gravy. I always wondered where it came from, and I suspect this French recipe from Laura Calder's French food at Home (FNC)is part of its historic roots. Wonderful dish, double or triple as you wish"

Original is 2 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (400.1 g)
  • Calories 571.1
  • Total Fat - 31.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 14 g
  • Cholesterol - 68.9 mg
  • Sodium - 843.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 45.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 6.9 g
  • Sugars - 6.4 g
  • Protein - 27.7 g
  • Calcium - 559.5 mg
  • Iron - 1.8 mg
  • Vitamin C - 27.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Fry the bacon and remove to paper towel to drain.

Step 2

Pour all but a tablespoon of the fat from the pan and add the butter to get hot.

Step 3

Fry the onion until soft and golden, adding the garlic for a minute or two at the end.

Step 4

Deglaze with a splash of balsamic vinegar, if you like. Remove all to a plate.

Step 5

Add the oil to the pan to get hot.

Step 6

Cook the potatoes, seasoned with salt and pepper, until soft inside when pierced with a fork, and very crisp and golden on the outside. This will take a good 20 minutes, without stirring too much or they won’t get brown.

Step 7

Return the onion, garlic, and bacon to the pan.

Step 8

Scatter the cheese over the top and leave the pan on the heat, covered, until the cheese has melted, about a minute.

Step 9

Serve with mixed salad greens.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.

8 Reviews


wow, wow, wow. Was this recipe ever good. Quick and easy to make with exceptional results. The potatoes were so tender and flavorful. I used white cheddar cheese curds that I had in the house. They were so good in this dish. The cheese stretched it was awesome. Thanks for sharing another new favorite my friend. Happily made for Players favorites - 5 Star Gems


review by:
(15 Mar 2021)

Chef Potpie

OhMyGoodness. This recipe is going into my Best of 2021 File, Marra! I do Southern Fried Potatoes often, but this recipe puts mine over the top. The extra time it takes to caramelize the onions is so worth it. Thankfully I doubled the recipe to serve 4, because we are having the leftovers tomorrow night with fresh eggs from our family chickens and English muffins with homemade jam for ""breakfast for dinner!"


review by:
(11 Mar 2021)

Daily Inspiration

These potatoes were so delicious. The bacon was a perfect addition and I always have gruyere cheese on hand. The potatoes were crispy and went perfectly with our breakfast for dinner. I halved the recipe since it is only the two of us. : )


(2 Dec 2020)


Bacon, onion, cheese, crispy potatoes....Oh, there is everything here to tingle your taste buds! Served alongside French Toast as breakfast for dinner, and what a dinner! Upped the garlic a bit and double fried the potatoes, to bring out the crisp, otherwise followed as written. Yum, Marra and thanks so much for sharing! Made it for Billboard tag.


review by:
(11 Sep 2020)

dienia b

Mr picky really liked them


review by:
(3 Dec 2019)


Great potatoes. They turn out nice and crispy and the cheese and bacon take them over the top. This has been put in the "save" file at the family's request. Thanks for sharing!!


review by:
(15 Sep 2019)

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