Just hours away from March and I’m already thinking St. Patrick’s Day and Irish food! I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that didn’t love some form of Irish cooking.

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Irish Potato Bacon Bake

Below is a recipe for potato ‘collops’. If not mistaken, collop denotes a small amount of food, although how anyone can make just a small amount of this dish is beyond me! Serve hot with any favorite main course, or serve alone for lunch. All you really need is an appetite!

Irish Potato Bacon Bake

You will need:
9 X 13 Baking Dish (I use a large cast iron skillet)
cooking spray (we use Pam but generic is fine)
6-8 med. potatoes
2 med. onions
1/2 to 3/4 pound of bacon, uncooked and diced (may substitute ham)
4 Tbsp butter
3 tsp parsley, chopped fine
2 Cups milk..slightly scalded (keep hot)
1 1/4 Cup grated cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Spray oil liberally in dish or skillet
Peel potatoes and slice quite thin
Chop/dice onions
Preheat oven to 350*
In dish or skillet add a layer of potatoes, onions, parsley and bacon, salt, pepper, and dot with butter. Repeat until pan is full or ingredients are gone. Mix cheese with hot milk and pour all over top. Cover and bake for about 45 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until it’s a nice golden brown.