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 recipe yields 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 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.


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.

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(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)


What yummy flavors...this is a keeper...loved the crispy potatoes with the creamy cheese...I crumbled the bacon before adding...not sure if I was suppose to but thought it would mix better that way...this gives you two huge servings...made for FYC tag game...

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(4 Jul 2015)


Great potatoes with a cheesy topping that really satisfied my taste buds. I made a ham steak to have with it along with fried cabbage and onions. Delicious combo of flavors that I will definitely make again! Thank you for sharing this tater recipe with us Marramamba! Linda

(20 Mar 2015)