Bacon adds a lot to this easy-to-make homemade cheesy potato casserole. Serve this on its' own or as a side or even a hot appetizer.
Here is how to make my homemade cheesy red potato and bacon bake.
Start off with red potatoes with skins on that have been scrubbed clean. I used 7 medium potatoes. (leftovers are even better)
Cut each potato in half lengthwise and then slice them thin. Put into a casserole dish. Make sure to sliced as thin as possible. If you prefer a thicker potato, par-boil them or else it will take FOREVER to cook.
Cook 1 lb of thick slice bacon and drain on paper towels. Chop the bacon and spread over the top of the potatoes.
Make the cheese sauce. In a saucepan melt 1 tablespoon butter and add 1 1/2 cups of milk. I only use fat-free milk and this will work just fine. Add 1 tablespoon flour or cornstarch (thickener) and your cheese. I used 8 oz. of sharp cheddar, 8 slices of American cheese and two snack sticks of Monterey Jack.
Stir until cheese is melted and sauce thickens.
Pour over the top of the potatoes and bacon and stir together.
Cover with foil and bake in a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 45 minutes. Take off foil, check doneness of potatoes and allow to bake uncovered for about 15 minutes more. If potatoes are not done, cook until they are. (they should be done if they were sliced thinly enough)