He stood in the kitchen looking into the oven. The meal he prepared was waiting on this final dish. All it needed was the right amount of browning before taking it out of the oven. Too soon and it would not have that wonderful crispness to it. The aroma of a magical secret southern ingredient filled the air. What is that ingredient? It is bacon grease and the key seasoning in roasted potatoes with onion and bacon.
The man in the kitchen was my dad. He was the one who cooked dinner during the week. His meals were simple and yet very special. He poured love and care into his cooking. And he knew how bacon grease could take something from bland to awesome. My parents saved every drop whenever they fried bacon. It was stored in an old percolator coffee pot. Why? I don’t know other than it had the built-in strainer and you could easily pour out the grease.
Roasted potatoes with onion and bacon is a simple side dish to make. All you have to do is cut up some potatoes into bite-sized pieces and toss them with chopped onion and bacon grease. Roast it until you see the tops of the potatoes are browned and crispy. Scatter cooked bacon pieces over it and serve. My dad did not top his with bacon pieces. That part is what I added to his recipe because I figured if you are going to cook bacon for the grease you might as well use it too.
Which potatoes to use for this recipe? My dad used russets. I use whatever potatoes I have on hand. I used Frieda’s Gourmet Potato Medley (Star Spangled Spuds) for this particular one. The mix of Yukon gold, purple, and red potatoes made it colorful too.
Do you save the grease when you cook bacon? It can be quite a flavor boost. Strain it while it is warm and before storing because the meat bits are the first to go rancid. Store it in the refrigerator if you do not use it often. Oh, and take a look at another one of my dad’s recipes, beef stew, that he also used bacon grease as an ingredient.
Disclosure: I received a bag of Frieda’s Gourmet Potato Medley at no charge. I was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions are my own unless otherwise stated or contained within a guest post.