Okay. I realize that several of my recent posts have included bacon in some form or another. I think it is partly due to the fact that a couple of weeks ago my grocery store had a killer deal (half off!) on thick, center cut bacon. Of course, I stocked up.

Honestly, however, let’s just admit that bacon is just so darn tasty!  There need be no excuse reason to eat it. In fact, last year we traveled from Michigan to Arizona for our son’s college graduation.  We took a couple of days to travel into California to go to Legoland and due to our adoration of bacon, we made specific plans to go to Slater’s 50/50 (a bacon-lover’s paradise of a restaurant that we had seen featured months prior to our trip on a bacon-themed food show).  They grind bacon into their burger meat, offer a maple-bacon milkshake and serve bacon brownies.  It was heaven!

So, when I came across this recipe, it appealed to me in every way. I developed it into something kind of amazing and based on our preferences! It has become a real family favorite and is often even requested by relatives at family gatherings.

8 -10 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 1/4 cups milk
1 envelope ranch dressing mix
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
salt and pepper
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
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