You'll love the layers of bacon and cheese inside this potato cake

This recipe is inspired by the Germans who are certainly a potato-loving folk. Just a few of the most beloved national dishes include: kartoffelklöße/kartoffelknödeln (potato dumplings), kartoffelsalat (potato salad), kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes), kartoffelpüree (mashed potatoes), kartoffelsuppe (potato soup), kartoffelbrot (potato bread), kartoffelgratin (potato casserole), bratkartoffeln (pan-fried potatoes), ofenkartoffeln (baked potatoes), schupfnudeln (potato noodles), reibekuchen (potato fritters), rösti (hash browns), pommes (fries), and kroketten (croquettes). Clearly the Germans really, really love potatoes, and what's not to like? These delicious tubers are amazing and go with everything, so it was high time that someone made a potato cake, and now you can too.

You'll need:

  • 2 tbsp softened butter
  • 3⅓ lbs russet or Idaho potatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • 17 fl oz boiled cream
  • 9 Swiss cheese slices
  • 12 bacon strips
  • 1 puff pastry sheet
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan

Here's how:

1. Grease an ovenproof bowl with butter. Then refrigerate.

2. Cut the potatoes into thin slices and place them in a large ungreased bowl. Salt and pepper the potatoes, pour in the boiled cream, and mix well.

3. Remove the greased bowl from the refrigerator and arrange the potato slices in layers inside the bowl. You can see in the video how the potato slices should ideally be arranged and layered.

4. Cover the first potato layer with two slices of cheese, followed by a layer of bacon, and more potato slices. Continue this process with two more layers of cheese, bacon, and potatoes.

5. Finally, place a pre-measured and pre-cut sheet of puff pastry on top and brush with the egg wash. Place the bowl inside the oven and bake at 320°F for 90 minutes.

6. In the meantime, pour the remaining cream from the ungreased bowl back into a pot. Add the parmesan cheese and pepper to the cream and cook again until the cheese is dissolved. Serve the cream sauce with the potato cake.

This unusual, yet nonetheless impressive, potato dish works on so many levels and is also perfect as a party snack or appetizer — simply cut the dome into thin "pie slices" and let your guests dish up. For a vegetarian version, simply leave out the bacon. Now go ahead and dig in!

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