We are big bacon fans here. If it has bacon, it is almost a guarantee that we are going to like it. Potatoes are another staple in our house. So combining bacon with potatoes …. YUM! This winning combination is a different twist to an old favorite, loaded potato skins. Bacon wrapped potatoes with queso blanco sauce was one of the dishes I decided upon for our Christmas Eve dinner. Christmas Eve Celebrations They were a big hit. As you can see, it is a simple dish with just a few basic ingredients that most people have on hand all the time. Often times, simple is best.
Bacon Wrapped Potatoes with Queso Blanco Sauce
1-2 lb red potatoes, washed and cut into wedges
1 lb bacon – I used pepper bacon
salt & pepper to taste
1 jalapeno, diced fine
1 shallot or 1/3 red onion, diced fine
1 TBSP garlic
1/2 cup milk
4 slices jalapeno jack cheese
1 jar queso blanco dipping sauce
1/4 diced tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Preheat the oven to 425* F,
Add salt & pepper to the potato wedges. Cut the bacon in 1/2 and wrap a piece of bacon around the potato wedges. Hold the bacon in place with toothpicks. Drizzle a little olive oil over the wedges and roast for about 40-45 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp and the potato wedges are tender.
While the potatoes are cooking make the sauce. Saute the shallots, garlic and jalapenos together in olive oil for about 2 minutes or until the onions are translucent.
Add the queso blanco sauce, the milk and the jalapeno jack cheese then mix everything together well. Cook until the sauce is creamy and the cheese is all melted. Then add the tomatoes and the cilantro and combine well. Adjust the seasoning if needed. Your sauce is now ready to serve. Serve it warm or hot.
Serve the potato wedges and the queso blanco sauce hot. I guarantee these will be a party favorite and will disappear almost as soon as you get them out of the oven. I barely had time to plate them up before they started disappearing. And there are plenty of things you can use the left over sauce for too, assuming you have any left over. I have already used it for a couple of things. Once was in our Christmas morning omelettes. Christmas Day You will just have to wait to find out what else I did with it. 🙂