Roasted Ranch Potatoes with Bacon and Cheese

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.


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.
Ingredients:
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 2 pounds potatoes (unpeeled, washed and cut into chunks)
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing (bottled, not packet)
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus 1/4 - 1/2 cup more for topping
  • 1/4 cup crumbled, cooked bacon
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill weed
  • 3 scallions, washed and chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine (in a large bowl) the ranch dressing, dill, cheese and bacon.  Add in the potatoes.  Sprinkle in a generous pinch of salt and pepper.  Toss to coat potatoes.
  3. Spoon into a greased 9 x 13 baking dish.  Cover with foil.
  4. Bake for 60 minutes.  Stir gently halfway through to get the bottom potatoes rotated to ensure they don't become burnt and to ensure that the middle and top potatoes get a chance to brown. 
  5. Remove foil.  Raise oven temperature to 400 degrees.  Gently stir again, as necessary.
  6. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, then sprinkle on additional cheese.  Bake a few more minutes or until everything is gooey, browned and bubbly on top.
  7. Serve with scallions sprinkled on top for garnish.