Maple Bacon Potatoes Au Gratin

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you all get to celebrate love today for family, friends, significant others, and pets. And that you have some Champagne or chocolate or whatever your heart desires.

I celebrated Valentine’s Day a day early yesterday, helping out at the MSPCA Valentine’s Day sale. The sale is also on today at the MSPCA Angell Memorial Hospital in Jamaica Plain. Stop by to pick up flowers, baked goods, dog and cat toys, and other fun items, with all proceeds going to the MSPCA. I was happy to be in the mascot costume; it was a chilly day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

When I got home, I didn’t feel like eating much. I don’t know if it is tiredness from being away over the weekend, or I am coming down with something, but most foods didn’t appeal to me yesterday.

One recipe did, however. My mom gave me a cookbook she received from the Philadelphia cream cheese company, and I zeroed straight in on the Maple Bacon Potatoes Au Gratin. Somehow, though the bins of spinach and other veggies in the house did nothing for me, cheesy potatoes with sweet and salty flavors did. Sometimes you just have to eat what feels good, even if it’s not the healthiest dinner.  I think these would make a great side with any sort of chicken, steak, or pork dish.

Sadly, I deleted all of my prep photos before uploading them. Out of it.

maple bacon potatoes

These potatoes are super easy to make. I scaled it back to feed two, which ended up being a portion for about six people.

Before I got started on the ingredients, I preheated the oven to 400.

Then I used my mandolin to cut half a red onion. I added the onion to a dry frying pan and let it get a little browned and crispy, stirring frequently so it didn’t stick.

In the meantime, I cut two large Idaho potatoes into thin slices. I set those aside and got started on the au gratin sauce which consisted of chicken stock, milk, and cream cheese. I basically eyeballed the ingredients until I had a creamy sauce mixed with the onions. To that I added four slices of chopped, cooked bacon and a swirl of maple syrup.

These potatoes need to cook, covered, for a long time. Leave them in for about 40 minutes, then uncover, cook for about 10 more minutes.

What you end up with is a baking dish filled with cheesy, sweet, salty potatoes. The smoky bacon, the crispy onions, the cream cheese, oh the flavor love!

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I didn’t feel very well when I started eating, but by the time I finished my first bowl of these, I had my appetite back. I had another bowl, made a fresh carrot and apple juice, and called it a night.

I hope my energy returns!

And I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day. Ever since the blogger dinner at Stone Hearth Pizza, I have been dreaming of a cozy night in with pizza and bubbly, so that’s what we are doing. I might make a special dessert if I am feeling better.

Do you have any fun plans for tonight?

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    B and I are celebrating Valentine’s Day and his new job with a steak dinner tonight. :-)

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  2. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    Oooh creamy maple bacon potatoes sounds perfect!! We celebrated twice this weekend so tonight will be a little more routine. Maybe Ill have a glass of wine with our home cooked dinner.

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  3. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    I love that you were the mascot! Too cute!

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  4. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    I have always wanted to be a mascot! Have a great night in tonight – Nick and I are off to Grill 23. Noting says V-Day like steak ;)

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  5. Megan’s avatar

    Those potatoes look so good! I am pretty sure I got that cookbook for free when I bought a ton of Philly cream cheese to make a cheesecake. :)

    We will be having the most boring v-day night ever– cleaning our place. But we did lots of celebrating and feasting this weekend while my family was in town.

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  6. Molly Galler’s avatar

    I drove by the MSPCA flower sale on Saturday! I love the dog costumes. What a cute idea! Pizza and bubbly sounds perfect for tonight. Enjoy!

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  7. Daisy’s avatar

    you were the mascot?! too cute my friend. Happy Valentines Day to you and Eric. I am also feeling a little sick today but stayed home from work so I could feel well enough for dinner at Deuxave.

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  8. Elizabeth’s avatar

    Enjoy your dinner tonight! Sounds fabulous. And what a cool way to volunteer! If I’d been nearby I totally would have bought a baked good.

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  9. Eric King’s avatar

    Meghan Rocks!!! So proud of her, travelling all weekend and coming home to volunteer. wonderwoman has nothing on her.

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  10. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)’s avatar

    Mmmmm, those look so good!!!! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  11. Raija’s avatar

    Why isn’t that dog photo your profile photo? I think that may be my favorite photo of all time. Ever.

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