Cheesy Bacon Ranch Au Gratin potatoes

Bacon Ranch Au gratin

 

Recently I had the pleasure of making these thick and creamy potatoes Au Gratin from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures. They were a huge hit, and I will be making them again in the very near future. If you have yet to check out A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures, then you’d better get hopping. She has so many delicious recipes that will leave you drooling. Trust me..

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My Bacon Ranch Potatoes Au Gratin was adapted from A Kitchen Hoor’s recipe, thick and Creamy Potatoes Au Gratin. I had no garlic or gruyere cheese in the house. But, what I did have, was bacon, ranch packets, and shredded cheddar cheese. It’s hard to go wrong with those three ingredients. Add some potatoes and a few more ingredients to the mix and you have yourself a delicious pan of bacon ranch au gratin potatoes. YUM!

Bacon Ranch Au Gratin Potatoes 

Ingredients:

4-6 medium to large potatoes ( about 6 cups sliced)

1/2-pound bacon

1 Ranch seasoning packet

3 C. milk

1/2 stick butter

1 1/2 C. shredded cheddar cheese ( mild)

2 Tbsp. flour

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Peel and wash potatoes; slice thinly using a mandolin slicer. In a microwave safe bowl, melt butter. Add potatoes to the bowl of melted butter, salt, and pepper to taste. Use hands to toss potatoes in the melted butter, salt and pepper, so each potato gets coated well. Place half the potatoes, evenly, in the bottom of a greased 13 X 9 cake pan, sprinkle, evenly, with 1/2 cup of the cheese; Repeat once. Using kitchen shears, or a sharp knife, cut or slice bacon into small bite sized pieces. Cook bacon in a medium to large saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the bacon has finished cooking, drain grease, and reserve 1 Tbsp. of cooked bacon for the top. Add milk, ranch packet, and flour to the saucepan of cooked bacon. Still on medium-high heat, wait for the milk mixture to come to a boil, use a whisk to scrape the brown bits up from the bottom of the pan, whisking often. As soon as milk mixture comes to a boil, turn off the burner, and carefully remove it from the heat, pour evenly over top the cheese and potatoes. Cover with foil and bake at 425 degrees for 50 minutes. Take foil off, and evenly sprinkle 1 Tbsp. of the reserved bacon and the last 1/2 C. of cheese. Bake and additional 10 minutes or until cheese is brown and crispy.

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Loaf

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buffalo ranch chicken loaf

 

This was good and so easy to make! It would be a great make a head meal too! by that I mean the day before you could cook the chicken and the bacon and the day of all you would have to do is assemble the loaf.

Now, normally I don’t share big long stories before I share a recipe, it’s just not my style, I like to get straight to the point. But today I am going to share a short, funny story with you. While I was at the grocery store picking up the ingredients to make this, along with some other things I needed, I did the most embarrassing thing! I was walking around the store listening to the Christmas music the store plays or so I thought. Well, when I was almost finished and turned the corner to the butter aisle (the last things on my list, thank God!) I realized that the store was not playing Christmas music at all… It was me!! Here I found out that somehow my itunes radio was on and I was the one blaring Christmas music all through out the store! And if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, when I found out I quickly turned my phone off and grabbed my butter, when I did a whole stack of butter fell on the floor! All I could think of was, I gotta get out of here! And of course when I got to the register the lines were long. SO now I’m pretty sure everyone that was in that store thinks I’m a fruit cake! … why??! LOL Have you ever had this type of thing happen to you??

 

Now that you know all about my embarrassing trip to the store, lets get to the recipe.

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Buffalo Ranch Loaf

Ingredients:

3 skinless boneless chicken breasts

1 ranch packet

1/2 C. oil ( you may need a little more depending on the size of the chicken breasts)

1 loaf of Italian bread

1/2 pounds bacon (fried and crumbled)

2 cups shredded  Mozzarella cheese

1/2 stick of butter

1 cup of buffalo sauce

ranch dressing for dipping

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Whisk oil and ranch packet seasoning together. In a deep skillet over medium high heat add chicken breasts and pour the oil ranch mixture over them. Fry until chicken is fully cooked, let chicken cool and cut it into bite size chunks, set aside.  Fry bacon, drain on a plate lined with paper towel and crumble, set aside. In a microwave safe bowl combine buffalo sauce and butter, microwave till butter is melted (about 1 minute) then whisk. Slice loaf of Italian bread in half , like you would for a hoagie except cut it completely through so you have 2 pieces. Lay the bread crust down on a greased cookie sheet. Next you will divide the chicken, sauce, bacon and cheese evenly among the two halves of bread. Start with the chicken then pour the sauce evenly over the chicken, next sprinkle on the bacon and finally sprinkle on the cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes then broil the top till the cheese browns.

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