Marcel’s Easy Cheesy Potato Casserole. Just the name of this recipe screams comfort food! Potatoes, bacon, and cheese are three of my favorite things!! My friend Marcel passed this recipe to me. It has been a favorite ever since!
The first step is to cook the potatoes. This step can be somewhat tricky. It is very important to not overcook the potatoes. If they cook too long they become mushy. Trust me, no one wants a mushy potato.
One of my favorite flavors in this casserole are the onions. After you fry the bacon you leave some of the bacon grease in the pan. You will saute the onion in the bacon grease. They will soak up all that delicious bacon flavor. So tasty!
The best part of this dish are the layers. So many amazing layers! You start with potatoes at the bottom and end up with a cheesy layer of goodness at the top. If that doesn’t tempt you I don’t know what will!
Marcel's Easy Cheesy Potato Casserole
- 5 medium russet potatoes, peeled and sliced into chunks or rounds
- salt -
- 10 slices bacon, chopped, divided
- 4 medium onions, thinly sliced
- 1-2 tablespoons garlic, minced more or less to taste
- pepper -
- seasoned salt
- 2-3 cups shredded cheese, divided more or less to taste
- 2-4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup chicken broth -
- cooking spray or butter, for greasing
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a 9x9 inch pan with cooking spray or butter. Sometimes I end up using a 9x13 inch pan if I prepare too many potatoes or if we want lots of layers we have a deep casserole dish to use instead. The decision is up to you. Set aside.
Next, boil potatoes, in salted water, until starting to become tender, usually not more than 10 minutes. Do not overcook the potatoes or they will become mushy! Timing is difficult to predict depending on the size of your potatoes. Drain.
In the meantime fry up your bacon pieces until crisp, in a large skillet, over medium heat. Drain on paper towel and set aside.
Keep a few tablespoons of the bacon fat in your skillet and add your sliced onions. Stir onions, over medium heat, until onions become very tender and start to brown.
Add garlic, combine with onions and remove from heat.
Cover the bottom of your prepared pan with potato slices or chunks.
Sprinkle with seasoned salt and pepper.
Sprinkle onions all over top of your potatoes, then bacon, and cheese. Repeat.
Totally cover the top with your remaining potatoes. Try to cover any holes with potato.
Drizzle with melted butter, remaining bacon and some seasoned salt and pepper to taste.
Pour chicken broth over top of casserole and cover with cheese.
Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
Uncover and bake until cheese has totally melted and the top is golden brown, about another 15 minutes.
Allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving, if not 10. Serve with sour cream if desired. Enjoy!