Festive potato casserole

Festive potato casserole

Like it happens every year, vendors round the world trip over each other trying to beat the rest in the Earliest Christmas Display Competition. Round here Christmasy things were on display on September. Don’t believe me?

Not to be left behind (too much) we start adding festive (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Festivus, etc) recipes starting now.

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Festive potato casserole

Besides the traditional Dominican festive dishes, we have added some new ones of our creation, because mixing the old and the new is a good thing. Eating the same thing every year gets boring by the time you grow your permanent teeth.

Festive potato casserole

Casseroles (pastelones) are a popular choice for Dominican festive meals. This dish is somewhere between a casserole and baked potatoes. It’s juicy, cheesy, crispy, all in one. And it can also be made with some time in advance and finished some time before serving.

Festive potato casserole

The original “baked potato salad” recipe comes from here, and I was invited by Sargento to make the recipe mine. I have made some changes to make it lighter, and added a couple of new elements, but the concept remains the same.

Aunt Clara
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The perfect festive potato dish, this potato casserole is cheesy, flavorful and with a crispy topping. It can be prepared beforehand and finished shortly before serving.
Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1½ lb of potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1½ cup of Sargento® Traditional Cut Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cubed
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into squares
  • 1 pack of bacon (1/2 lb)
  • 2 large white onions, cubed
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 1 sprig of dill, chopped (or 1 teaspoon of dry dill)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix the dill, and olive oil. Reserve.
  2. Boil carrots, adding a teaspoon of salt to the water.
  3. Two minutes later add the potatoes and boil until cooked throughout but firm.
  4. Remove from the water, add the peppers, onions and a pinch of pepper. Reserve.
  5. Cut the bacon into small (1/2") pieces.
  6. Heat a heavy-bottom pan (with lid). Add the bacon.
  7. Cook over medium heat, nearly covered, until the bacon has turned into golden crisps.
  8. Heat oven to 350 ºF (175 ºC).
  9. Remove from the pan and place on a paper towel to remove excess fat. Reserve.
  10. Mix the the potato mix with a cup of cheese, the olive oil and place in a baking pan.
  11. Bake for 25 minutes or until bubbly.
  12. Top with remaining cheese; bake 5 minutes more.
  13. Sprinkle with the bacon chips and serve hot.
Notes
If you are uncomfortable using this amount of oil, feel free to reduce it to half. The potatoes won't be as crispy, but the will be lighter.

This post was sponsored by Sargento. I received compensation to create this recipe but the post has not been revised nor altered by the sponsor. All the opinions are 100% mine.

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  • Judi October 21, 2013, 5:32 PM

    Thanksgiving

  • leaver Ashley March 29, 2013, 12:55 PM

    It calls for too much oil…if you make this use a fraction of the oil called for because it ends up being potato scallops

  • Marylou Kormann March 4, 2013, 10:52 AM

    Does this recipe really use 1 c of olive oil?

    • Aunt Clara March 4, 2013, 1:50 PM

      Yes! It’s not a light recipe by any means (basically it’s oven-fried potatoes), if you are not confortable with it, please feel free to reduce it. It may affect the texture, but not the flavor.

  • Carol Strassman March 3, 2013, 11:20 PM

    Would love to see this cut down as there is only 2 of us. Thanks

  • Ross March 3, 2013, 4:25 PM

    This recipe looks delicious and I would love to try it, but I’m not exactly sure what a “pack of bacon” is. Is it a whole pound of bacon?

  • Jackie March 3, 2013, 3:34 PM

    What is a “pack of bacon”? Is that a pound, or what?

  • Kankana October 17, 2012, 5:59 PM

    That’s comforting! I don’t need any season in specific to enjoy potatoes specially when served so beautifully!
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  • Jennifer @ Delicieux October 14, 2012, 6:57 PM

    Your potato casserole looks so festive with all of those beautiful colours. You can’t beat baked potato in my opinion. I adore your heart shaped casserole dish too.
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