Thursday, June 18, 2009

Bacon Potatoes Au Gratin (from the garden, in the crockpot)

It was 90* in our house last night, after a day of upper 90's temperatures and the use of the stove for supper preparation.  Today is supposed to be about 95* again, and I am NOT going to use the stove or oven.

So it's a crock pot night!  And to make it even better, this meal is mostly locally grown.  The pork cured bacon is from a local pig (not ours) and the peas and onions are from our own garden!  The potatoes and everything else came from the grocery store, though.  Maybe later this year we can try it again with our own potatoes.

Bacon Potatoes Au Gratin
(this is my own recipe, combining ideas from several other recipes ... my favorite way to cook!)

8-9 medium potatoes
1 lb. ham cubes or pork cured bacon
1 - 2 cups peas
1 large onion
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Cream of mushroom soup (10.5 oz. can)


Peel and slice 4-5 potatoes into thin slices.  Layer in bottom of crockpot.
Chop onion and layer half the onion over the potatoes.
Pour half the peas over the onion.
Sprinkle half the ham or bacon over the peas.
Sprinkle half the cheese over the ham/bacon.
Repeat layers (potato, onion, peas, ham, cheese).
Pour 1 small can of Cream of Mushroom soup over it all.
Pour 1/2 can of milk over the soup.
Sprinkle the top with pepper.

Cook on high for 4-5 hours, or on low for 8-10 hours.

I have no idea how many this would feed.  Six is probably a safe assumption.  I'd like to take this to a potluck sometime. 

I hope my kids will all eat it, but many of them reject potatoes in all forms except fried.

Trusting in Him,