Florida Potato and Bacon Au Gratin

servings 6
calories 548


1 pound Florida potatoes, unpeeled, sliced 1/4-inch thin

1 cup bacon, cooked crispy and chopped

1 medium onion, diced fine

1/2-1 cup chicken broth

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup shredded cheese (such as cheddar, Swiss, Italian blend, or pepper jack)

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

2 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped fine

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Preheat a large cast-iron (or nonstick) skillet to medium-high. Add butter and olive oil to the pan and allow to melt. Add onion, season with salt and pepper, and saute for about 6 minutes. Next, add the fresh thyme, parsley, cooked bacon and garlic and cook for additional 2 minutes. Pour in chicken broth and heavy cream and bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Add cheese 1/2 cup at a time, making sure cheese fully melts before adding more. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper as needed. Remove from heat and set aside.

Slice potatoes and toss with the heavy cream mixture; this helps the potatoes cook evenly and ensures flavor on each potato slice. Arrange with even distribution in a skillet. Pour any remaining liquid over potatoes; it should barely come to the top layer of potatoes. If it doesn’t, simply add more chicken stock or heavy cream. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 30 to 40 minutes, depending on how thick your potato slices are. When cooked thoroughly, the potatoes should be easily pierced with a fork. Remove from heat and add more cheese and parsley if desired. Serve while warm.


  • Calories Per Serving548
  • Fat42g
  • Cholesterol107mg
  • Sodium1201mg
  • Carbohydrates18g
  • Fiber2g
  • Protein26g

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