Bacon and potato cake

One of those meals that will hit the spot, feed a crowd economically, looks good and is easy to make; the only requirement is to get thick-sliced bacon and some good waxy potatoes.

Recipe is adapted from Chef Guillaume Gomez, from the Elysée Palace, Paris, France.

INGREDIENTS: Pan used was 8inX3in

  • 16 THICK slices of bacon
  • 7 large waxy potatoes (about 4 pounds)
  • 1 cup of shredded parmesan (or similar cheese)
  • 2 tablespoons of thyme or zaatar (not the mix)
  • 2 tablespoons of hot red Aleppo pepper (or paprika)
  • salt (barely) and back pepper to taste
  • butter to grease the pan (1 tablespoon)
  • 1 onion, preferably red, chopped fine


  1. Peel the potatoes and place in a bowl covered in water.
  2. Grease the pan with a dab of butter and place the bacon slices all over the pan, in a concentric fashion.
  3. Slice the potatoes evenly and thinly and place in the pan in a concentric fashion, slightly overlapping.
  4. Sprinkle seasonings (thyme, Aleppo pepper or paprika, bit of salt, nutmeg), some chopped onion and some grated cheese on the potato layer.
  5. Repeat the operation, forming another layer of potatoes and sprinkling it with seasonings.
  6. When the potato layers are near the top, fold over the bacon slices and press on them firmly to flatten the cake a bit.
  7. Bake in a preheated 375F oven for 1 hour or longer, until the potatoes are cooked thoroughly. After 30 minutes of baking, cover the pan with some foil to prevent drying out the cake.
  8. Remove the cake from the oven, cool a few minutes and tilting the pan drain it of all the melted bacon grease. Serve the bacon and potato cake with a dollop of sour cream or KIRI cheese or labneh.

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  1. Posted February 13, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    This is absolutely delish and to heck with the calories! For someone who LOVES potatoes and bacon, you have me swooning. You always make the most wonderful eats, Joumana :)

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  2. Posted February 13, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    I’m soooooo all over this but with turkey bacon— though I know it won’t be as tasty unless I do a lot of altering, but good Lawd, girl, you got me here.

  3. Posted February 13, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    Looks so good I can almost smell it!

  4. Posted February 13, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    Delicious potato cake! Pack full of flavours. I like it!

  5. Posted February 14, 2011 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    This potato cake is to die for!!

  6. Posted February 14, 2011 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    Even though i dont eat bacon that dish does look lovely. wonder what I can use instead of bacon

  7. Posted February 14, 2011 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    les photos sont très alléchantes, merci

  8. Posted February 14, 2011 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    looks tasty Joumana, I love potatoes in any way….

  9. Posted February 14, 2011 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    My God this looks good.
    Queued in for next week’s menu; and again, I love your blog.

  10. Posted February 14, 2011 at 5:12 am | Permalink

    Thats a delicious and inviting cake..

  11. Posted February 14, 2011 at 6:11 am | Permalink

    très jolie recette, j’aime beaucoup
    bonne journée
    bonne st valentin
    val de familyblog

  12. Posted February 14, 2011 at 9:04 am | Permalink

    My reader just shows me the tile and the first few lines of your posts. When I finally saw the pictures, I gasped… I did not expect a potato and bacon cake to look that chic! wow!

  13. Posted February 14, 2011 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    ..and here I thought you didn’t eat pork…you’ve redeemed yourself with this comfy dish. The men in your life will thank you for serving this!

  14. Posted February 14, 2011 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    I love this. Beautiful presentation. I’m sure I will impress all my guests if I make this. I must show off one day…haha. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  15. Posted February 14, 2011 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    You had me at “bacon”!!

  16. Posted February 14, 2011 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Joumana, I love it. This recipe is like a homestyle Pommes Anna, with bacon to boot! Who can argue that. Merci!

  17. Posted February 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

    You’ve got my bacon-craving soul running on overdrive at the moment! I’ve tried stacking potatoes as a cake in the past and have had mixed results, but you’ve given me some new ideas to try out.

  18. Posted February 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    Bacon and potatoes. Enough said! With those ingredients nothing can EVER go wrong =)

  19. Posted February 14, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful and delicious! Savory cakes are always so impressive…fantastic job, Joumana!

  20. Posted February 14, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    Oh J! You’ve outdone yourself! This looks like dish that would impress just about anyone. Best of all it can be served for breakfast, lunch of dinner.

  21. Posted February 14, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    This looks quite delicious, I have made a note of this recipe. Thanks. Diane

  22. Posted February 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    This looks delicious! I’ve been spoiled with the great Lebanese restaurants in and around Chicago. Of course, my favorite Lebanese “table” is that of my brother-in-law who is a marvelous cook. He was born and raised in Beirut and went to university there. He came to the U.S. for medical school and stayed. In addition to being a great cook, he’s a wonderful man.


  23. Posted February 14, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

    Wow. This is an amazing looking thing here. And potatoes are the real way to my heart. (and hips sadly)

  24. Posted February 14, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    I have made such a similar recipe from Chef Michael Smith. It did stick together and was crispy on the outside. It was cooked low and slow in the oven for about 3 hours…. the potatoes were butter soft, and the bacon golden brown and very crisp. It was put together exactly the same way, but seasoned with salt and pepper only, and there was thin thin thin thin slices of see through onion and a bit of shredded cheese on each layer.
    I served it with creme fraiche on the side. Not a diet dish, but who cares. I need to make this again, and your spices sound so much more lively – I will try them. There are few things you make that I can say, “I’ve done that, too!” So, I got pretty excited here!

  25. Posted February 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    what a nice alternative to meet and potatoes. I am going to be making this along with the rest of the recipes you have on here.

  26. Posted February 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    I meant meat and potatoes :)

  27. Posted February 14, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    What a soul-satisfying cake and a delightful way to serve potatoes!

  28. Posted February 14, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Wow, I can imagine how delicious is this bacon and potato cake. Bacon is my weakness, I can eat a lot of this for sure.

  29. Posted February 14, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Permalink

    Belle recette généreuse comme on les aime en ce moment chez nous… J’ai eu un petit faible pour ton choco valentin !!

  30. Posted February 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Oh how splendid, Joumana! :-) Bacon and potatoes are so glorious together, and this is beautiful to boot!

  31. Posted February 15, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

    Joumana, this is my kind of cake–rich and satisfying in a savory way. So simple and so effective in its presentation. :-)

  32. Posted February 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    Une tourte de belle facture avec ce visuel étonnant , et ces saveurs cachées sous son manteau de lard sont divines….

  33. Posted February 16, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    Oh goodness…another treat my bacon crazed kids would go crazy for :)

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