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Creamy Bacon Parmesan Potatoes

Creamy Parmesan Bacon Potatoes. Inspired by an incredible steak house side dish, these parmesan potatoes are absolutely indulgent and irresistible. Hash brown potatoes get tossed with crisp cooked bacon and a creamy Parmesan sauce.

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Creamy Bacon Parmesan Potatoes

Originally published Sept. 2010.

These Creamy Bacon Parmesan Potatoes came about after my family returned last week from a week long western Caribbean cruise. We sailed on Royal Caribbean’s amazing ship, Freedom of the Seas.

While on board, we visited both of the fine dining restaurants available at a reasonable surcharge to passengers.

Chops Grille is a great steakhouse but we were more impressed with the side dishes that came with the steaks. One such side dish was Parmesan and Prosciutto Potatoes which inspired today’s recipe.

These are possibly the most indulgent potatoes I have ever eaten. They combine crispy hash browns with crisp cooked bacon, all tossed in a creamy Parmesan sauce.

Creamy Bacon Parmesan Potatoes wide shot photo on black serving platter

Creamy Bacon Parmesan Potatoes

This is another of my “best guess” sort of recipes where I attempt to replicate something I’ve eaten at a restaurant. I’ve fried the potatoes here but you could just as easily roast them tossed in a little garlic oil instead.

Crisp cooked prosciutto could easily be substituted for the crisp bacon if you prefer as well.

This has also proven to be one of the most popular recipes ever on Rock Recipes. It has consistently landed in the Top 20 recipes of all time.

It is, in fact now our most popular side dish of all time as well. I cannot count the number of positive comments and reviews the recipe has had from readers who have tried it and loved it.

Here’s the link to the Garlic Oil mentioned in the recipe.

We have plenty more side dish inspiration! Including everything from baked beans & corn bread to deliciously different potato or pasta salads. Be sure to check them all out in our collection of 35 Best BBQ Side Dishes too. 

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If you liked this recipe be sure to try one of our top 3 most popular potato side dish recipes ever. This Lemon Herb Roasted Potatoes recipe has been seen millions of times on Rock Recipes, Pinterest, Facebook and other social media.

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Yield: 6 or more servings

Creamy Parmesan Bacon Potatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Creamy Parmesan Bacon Potatoes - inspired by an incredible steak house side dish, these potatoes are absolutely indulgent and irresistible. Hash brown potatoes get tossed with crisp cooked bacon and a creamy Parmesan sauce.


  • 2 1/2 pounds of washed potatoes, skin on, cut in large cubes.
  • 1/4 cup garlic olive oil
  • 1/4 cup butter, not margarine
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 6-8 slices thick sliced, good quality, smoked bacon
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Cut the bacon in small pieces cook until crisp.
  2. Drain off all the fat and set aside.
  3. Melt the garlic olive oil and butter together over medium heat in a large, heavy bottomed skillet. When heated, add the potatoes, season lightly with salt and pepper and cook for about 20 minutes turning the potatoes every few minutes. The potatoes should be fully cooked and crispy but not necessarily crispy on all sides, it's perfectly okay if they are a little "rustic".
  4. Remove the potatoes from the pan and keep warm in the oven as you prepare the sauce.
  5. Reserve a few tablespoons of the oil and butter in the pan that the potatoes were cooked in. To this add the whipping cream and simmer until the cream is reduced by about half.
  6. Add the Parmesan cheese and stir until melted and smooth.
  7. Toss together the potatoes and bacon with the Parmesan cream sauce and serve.

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 560Saturated Fat 20gCholesterol 101mgSodium 406mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 4gProtein 11g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Thursday 16th of June 2022

Recently I have tried to printout recipes so I can make them later and the site is not allowing me to print. I like to have them with me in the kitchen and not my iPad and have to go looking for the recipe again. I have made many of your recipes and they are awesome!


Wednesday 27th of June 2018

Hi Barry, this recipe is very tempting. However there is a certain lack of information. It does not say how many people it serves or what to do with potatoes before cooking - presumably cut up as per picture? And, like another poster, the link to garlic oil recipe does not work for me. I can work with all these but thought you'd like to know.

Barry C. Parsons

Monday 2nd of July 2018

I have updated the post. There were a couple of glitches with our new recipe software but it should be good now. Barry

Carol O'leary

Sunday 17th of September 2017

Couldn't find the link to garlic oil. Received some fancy flavored oils for a gift including garlic. Would love to know how to make them!

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 25th of October 2017

I looked again. The link is definitely in the post and working correctly for me.


Monday 3rd of July 2017

How do you make the garlic oil?

Barry C. Parsons

Thursday 27th of July 2017

There is a link to that post on this recipe.


Saturday 16th of July 2016

I'm not sure if I'm supposed to use hash brown potatoes (shredded potatoes) like you mention in the introduction to the recipe or 2 1/2 # regular potatoes as you called for in the actual recipe? I definitely want to make these 😊

Barry C. Parsons

Friday 19th of August 2016

The photo clearly does not use shredded potatoes though.

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