roasted potatoes with bacon jam and "fonduta"

On our trip to Philly, my favorite restaurant was an Italian place by the river. I talked about our potato appetizer for days after and pledged to recreate it at home. The time has come. Crispy potatoes pair up with a spicy bacon jam and a creamy, cool sauce. It's a bit time consuming for some steps but it's beyond worth it. 

"roasted potatoes with bacon jam"

I started off with the bacon jam since it was the longest to prepare. Since I knew I would have to recreate the other parts of the dish, I just followed an already made recipe for this part. I figured I could edit it the next time I made it if I wasn't pleased. But boy, was I pleased. I followed Spoon Fork Bacon's recipe and it was amazing. It was on the spicier side for me but nothing I couldn't handle. And that's obviously something you can change yourself if you're wimpy like me. 

"bacon jam"

For the potatoes, I thickly chopped gold potatoes and placed them on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. I tossed them with olive oil, salt, pepper, and oregano. I placed them in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. After that, I removed them, flipped them over and placed them in the oven for an additional 20 minutes. Once they were done, I sprinkled them with parmesan cheese and placed them back in for 5 more minutes but if you're short on time feel free to skip that step. 

In the restaurant, the potato dish was sitting on top of a warm cheese mixture. But it wasn't a stringy gooey cheese. It was something that had the texture of sour cream without the flavor. It was very bland in a good way. It let the rest of the dish do the talking while lending texture and a coolness. After considering an elaborate cheese sauce, I skipped ahead to the dairy section of the grocery store. 

I ended up mixing softened cream cheese one to one with ricotta. You can warm it to make it easier to mix. It was perfect. It was soft, light, with a bit more zing than the original but I liked that. It was perfection. Layer it all together and make a meal out of this bad boy. I won't judge you. 

"roasted potatoes with bacon jam"

Obligatory fur photo bomb, check. Delicious dish you can make ahead of time if need be, checky check. Enjoy!


  1. Potatoes and cheese are my faves! And I must say, your food photos look awesome. Inspiring me to figure out how to use my camera (one day)...

    1. thank you so much! when it comes to photos I'm either hit or miss these days :p

  2. Looks so yummy and I love the cute photobomber. You should see the Boston terrier plate that I just got from H&M home line ;)


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