Potato bake is a staple at any good Australian BBQ, in Canada however I often hear people use the term ‘scalloped potatoes’, which in my mind is essentially the same as what we would call a potato bake in Australia. Whichever way you roll, with this recipe you won’t be disappointed!
With the warmer weather upon us, it’s time to bust out those BBQ’s and start up some good old fashion back yard entertaining!
I can’t be certain of the protocol here in Canada, nor if ‘scalloped potatoes’ as you crazy kids call it, is a BBQ staple. BUT I can tell you, if you are the one to bring the potato bake in Australia you are pretty much guaranteed to be the most popular person at the BBQ.
Look I am just going to put it out there. If for some unknown reason scalloped potatoes/potato bake is not a staple of the Canadian BBQ, MAKE IT ONE! Next time your hosting or invited to a BBQ, drop the old ‘I’ll bring the potato bake’ and then get ready to be the most popular person at the party!
Another sure fire way for BBQ popularity in Australia is bringing the Cobb Loaf, not sure what that is? Here is a hint – it is full of cheesy goodness and is definitely more of a treat type appetizer. I’ll get a recipe up for you in the near future!
So IF you are a fan of BBQ’s, like to hear how amazing you are and want to be the most popular person at the party. Read on. If not, this recipe is probably not for you… But please be sure to check out some of my other recipe’s like these delicious Loaded Breakfast Cookies or take a peak at some of my Weekly Meal Plan’s.
Cheesy Mushroom Potato Bake
To start, preheat the oven to 180 deg celsius. Then gather and prepare all of your ingredients. Mince the garlic, slice the mushrooms, dice the onion, peel and thinly slice the potatoes (keeping them in water until your ready to prevent them from turning brown) and grate your cheese and parmesan. Also have on hand the bacon, butter, cream and onion soup.
Firstly cook the bacon until crispy or to your liking, remember we will crumble or dice it up later. Once the bacon is cooked remove from pan. Set aside on paper towel and allow to cool.
Add the butter to the fry pan, cook the notion until translucent and soft (usually around 3-5 minutes). Add the mushrooms and crushed garlic to the pan. Cook for around 7-10 minutes. While this is cooking dice or crumble the bacon.
Start with a layer of potato slices, sprinkle potato with onion soup, bacon and mushroom mixture. Lightly drizzle with cream and sprinkle with cheese (not too much). Repeat with another layer of potato, onion soup, bacon, mushroom, cream and cheese. For the final layer, layer again with potato slices and this time use the left over cream (there should be a lot of cream left). Cover the potatoes with the remaining cream (try to distribute evenly) and finish off by covering the potatoes and cream with the remaining cheese.
Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly for 10 minutes. At this stage the cream should have mostly been absorbed, the potato bake should not be runny. The cheese should be lovely and brown and the potatoes soft and cooked!
Slice up and enjoy 🙂