- 2 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled
- 2 slices thick cut bacon, cut crosswise into 9 pieces
- 2+ tablespoons butter, melted
- Salt to taste
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
Preheat the oven to 375º.
After peeling potatoes, place them in a bowl of cold water to prevent browning.
Lay the bacon pieces on a baking sheet and freeze until hard, about 30 minutes. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil.
Add the potatoes to the boiling water and cook 4 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and carefully transfer to a baking sheet; let cool slightly.
NOTE: This just gets them started cooking a little faster.
One at a time place potato lengthwise on a cutting board. Place wooden spoons lengthwise along the potato. Cut slices across the short side of the potato, about 1/8 inch apart. The wooden spoons will prevent your knife from cutting completely through the potato. You don’t want to cut through to the bottom of the potato.
Once cut,place potatoes on a baking sheet and insert 3 pieces of the frozen bacon into the cuts of each potato, spacing the bacon evenly and letting it poke out of the top. Melt 1 to 2 tablespoons of butter and brush generously over the potatoes and in the cuts. Reserve any excess butter for basting. Season the potatoes with salt and pepper.
NOTE: Okay, so I used more than THREE pieces in each potato. THREE? Seriously?
Transfer the potatoes to the oven and bake until the outsides are browned and crisp, about 40 minutes, basting halfway through with the reserved melted butter.
Season with salt and pepper.