Cheesy Bacon Potatoes

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This recipe is another fantastic looking recipe from Joy in Texas!

Ingredients:
2 russet potatoes (4-5 inches long), scrubbed and sliced 1/8th inch thick (thicker cooks longer)
½ medium onion, ¾ sliced thin in half-moons, ¼ diced
12-14 slices of bacon, fried up and cut into small strips (reserve grease)
2 T butter
2 T flour
2 c half and half (1 ½ and 1/2 separated)
1’ish c shredded sharp cheddar
Salt and pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and prepare baking dish with bacon grease.

Place 1/3 of the potatoes in a layer to cover the bottom of the dish, sprinkle some pepper then sprinkle half of the sliced onions, then sprinkle ½ of the bacon pieces on top.  Layer 1/3 of the potatoes, sprinkle with some salt and pepper then the other half of the onion slices and bacon.  Now layer the last of the potato slices and sprinkle with more pepper.

In a sauce pan melt the butter, add the diced onions and sauté a couple minutes.  Add the flour and stir to combine and cook 2-3 min over medium heat till the raw flour smell is gone.  Add the 1 ½ cups of half and half and whisk over medium heat till thickened.  When it starts to bubble, turn off the heat and add the shredded cheddar and stir till it melts and is combined.

IF the cheese sauce becomes too thick, add a little more half and half so that the sauce is easy to pour… Not too thin not too thick.

Now pour it over the potato/onion/bacon layers, making sure it’s all coated.  Cover with foil and place in the preheated oven.  Bake for 1 hour.  When the timer rings remove foil and stab it with a fork to make sure the potatoes are soft… if they are, let it sit 5 minutes then serve!

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