Skillet-Cooked Potatoes and Cheese

This rich Auvergnat specialty, a cross between mashed potatoes and scalloped potatoes, is the perfect side dish for a steak.

Skillet-Cooked Potatoes and Cheese Skillet-Cooked Potatoes and Cheese
This bacon- and cheese-rich cross between mashed and scalloped potatoes, is the perfect side dish for a steak.
Yield: serves 6

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. new red or other waxy potatoes
  • 3 strips smoked bacon, cut into 1⁄2″ slices
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 oz. grated cantal or gruyere cheese
  • 8 oz. farmers’ cheese (such as Friendship brand)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped chives
  • 14 cup canola oil

Instructions

  1. Using a mandoline, cut potatoes into 1⁄16″-thick slices. Place potatoes in a bowl of cold water; set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a 12″ cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add bacon and cook, stirring, until its fat has rendered, about 6 minutes. Drain potatoes in a colander; add to the skillet. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Cover the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally and crushing potatoes into small chunks with a wooden spoon, until potatoes are tender, 20-25 minutes.
  3. Add cheeses, and garlic to skillet; stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover. Cook, scraping bottom of skillet with a wooden spoon, until cheese is melted and the potatoes are mashed, about 5 minutes. Stir vigorously and season with salt to taste. Sprinkle with chives and pepper to taste.