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Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish


  • 1 lb red potatoes
  • 4 tbsp Bacon Up bacon grease
  • 2 cloves or tbsp garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp  chopped rosemary
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 Cup shredded gouda (or your favorite cheese)


  • Bacon bits to garnish


  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Clean potatoes and place in a large pot. Cover with water, add salt and bring to boil. Cook 15-20 minutes, until potatoes are tender.
  • Drain, but leave potatoes in pot.
  • Add the Bacon Up bacon grease and toss with garlic, rosemary, and smoked paprika.
  • Transfer coated potatoes to a rimmed baking sheet, covered with foil or parchment paper. Using a potato smasher or the bottom of a small glass or mason jar, flatten each potato into a disc or patty. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then sprinkle the cheese on top.
  • Bake about 20 minutes until cheese is melted and the potatoes are crispy on the bottom.
  • Garnish with bacon bits, if desired.