Bacon and potato cake

February 13, 2011  •  Category:


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.


33 Comments  •  Comments Feed

  1. Devaki says:

    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. Bren says:

    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. john@heneedsfood says:

    Looks so good I can almost smell it!

  4. Ellie (Almost Bourdain) says:

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

  5. Cherine says:

    This potato cake is to die for!!

  6. nammi says:

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

  7. oum mouncifrayan says:

    les photos sont très alléchantes, merci

  8. Chiara says:

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

  9. Karl Baz says:

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

  10. Priya says:

    Thats a delicious and inviting cake..

  11. valerie familyblog says:

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

  12. Caffettiera says:

    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. Peter says:

    ..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. MaryMoh says:

    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. Steve @ HPD says:

    You had me at “bacon”!!

  16. Tom @ Tall Clover says:

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

  17. T.W. Barritt says:

    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. Chiara says:

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

  19. Faith says:

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

  20. Christine @ Fresh says:

    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. Diane says:

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

  22. Bonnie353@sbcglobal. says:

    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. TastyTrix says:

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

  24. A Canadian Foodie says:

    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. Adelina says:

    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. Adelina says:

    I meant meat and potatoes 🙂

  27. Susan says:

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

  28. elra says:

    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. senga50 says:

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

  30. Krista says:

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

  31. Jean says:

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

  32. domi says:

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

  33. Magic of Spice says:

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

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