Bacon & Potato Layer Bake – pure comfort food!

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NB: I have brought my Bacon & Potato Layer Bake recipe up to date with some better photographs as its so popular and deserved better. Enjoy!

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Bacon & Potato Layer Bake is another dish that I grew up eating, it’s totally yummy and a great hit with the whole family. Over the years I’ve tweaked the method as the potatoes always had a habit of not cooking and having to spend longer in the oven. To get round this problem I now par boil the potato slices at the beginning and the addition of chicken stock helps by providing moisture and steam during the cooking process as well as making the dish even tastier!

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We love this Bacon & Potato Layer Bake with just a simple serving of petite pois and a dollop of ketchup, comfort food at its best!

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Layers of potato, bacon, tomato, onion and cheese baked with chicken stock make a delicious family meal, comfort food at its best!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: British
Serves: 4
  • 850g Potatoes, finely sliced
  • 1 pack Smoked back bacon, (6 – 8 rashers), fat removed
  • 1 Onion, finely sliced
  • 150g Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 Tomatoes, sliced
  • 200 mls Chicken Stock
  • 30g Butter (approximately)
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Grease a large casserole dish.
  3. Bring a large pan of water to boil and boil the potato slices for 6 minutes and then drain.
  4. Fry the bacon rashers until just cooked.
  5. Place alternate layers of potato, onion, bacon, tomato, grated cheese, seasoning and about 7 small knobs of butter (should make 2 layers).
  6. Finish with a layer of potato and grated cheese flecked with more butter.
  7. Finally pour hot chicken stock over the potatoes.
  8. Cover with foil (shiny side down) or a lid and cook for an hour (or until tender).
  9. Remove foil or lid and cook for a further 10 minutes to allow the cheese to brown.

Pure comfort food at its best!

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Why not pin for later as you’ll want to make my Bacon & Potato Layer Bake again and again I’m sure!

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  1. Cat

    This looks delicious, what a great idea 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Cat, hope you get to try it:-)

  2. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    That’s such a nostalgic dish! Takes me straight back to Uni (which was a very long time ago). I used to live on layered potato bake…. pure comfort food for sure…. but delicious! x

    1. Camilla

      Fab Kate, I’ll have to get my son making it, he seems to be living off chilli and spag bol mainly:-)

  3. Amy Fidler

    Bet this is delicious x looks great x

  4. Richard Eldred Hawes

    This looks lovely and is just the type of food I love to eat

  5. Amy Fidler

    I’d actually try this for Breakfast xx

    1. Camilla

      I don’t think I’d have the energy to make it for breakfast and too long a wait:-)

  6. sandy

    perfect for an easy cheap family dinner – and it actually *is* cheap, unlike many recipes which claim to be. “only £5 for a main course” my foot! This is the stuff… and my 4 year old loves to helps with most of it too 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sandy, yes it is cheap and delicious and a dish I grew up on:-)

  7. Anona

    Hi Camilla. Family visit every Saturday and this is sometimes a luncheon dish. I have made it for my sister’s family in Florida and it was a success. I have been making it for 54 years and I thought I had invented it. Lol!!! I too discovered par boiling the potatoes was a good idea. Are you from the north of England by any chance?

    1. Camilla

      Hi Anona, no I’m from the South but my mother is Danish LOL.

  8. bexjones76

    Sounds and looks totally divine … definitely a winter warmer recipe !!!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, it really is a great winter warmer:-)

  9. Sue OBrien

    What a great dish idea! These are all ingredients that you usually have lying around at home so perfect!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Sue, such a popular dish which was No 2 in the chart for last year:-)

  10. Richard Eldred Hawes

    Ah bacon potatoes and cheese, who could ask for anything more

    1. Camilla

      Exactly, a long time favourite:-)

  11. Ruth Hedges

    Lovely meal, looks really tasty and has the perfect combination of ingredients x

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Ruth, such a popular dish:-)

  12. Christine Lockley

    Fab, love the sound of this, definitely on this autumns menu plan

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Christine, I’m sure you’ll love it:-)

  13. Gillian Mackenzie

    This looks so delicious for cosy autumn nights in front of the tv!! Think I will make this tonight! xx

    1. Camilla

      Great Gillian, it is true comfort food, hope you enjoyed it:-)

  14. Angie Hoggett

    looks gorgeous I must say

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Angie;-)

  15. Sam McKean

    I love recipes like this, proper warming comfort food! Yum.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Sam, it’s such a favourite here:-)

  16. Deborah Mackenzie

    This looks really tasty! Would like to try it with a BBQ

  17. Lynne OConnor

    Great suggestion about par boiling. I always have problems with the potato slices in oven bakes

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lynne, yes I lived through many false starts to this dish as a kid LOL so this was my solution:-)

  18. Sam McKean

    This looks so tasty! Must try as I hope that even my kids will eat it 🙂

  19. Tracy Nixon

    A great Winter warmer – especially on snowy days like today!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Tracy, yes we had a sleet storm here today!

  20. Lisa Williams

    another great idea 🙂 This is going to be one for the new year

  21. Amy Eastwick

    looking forward to making this for my hungry lot! it’s on my to do list!

    1. Camilla

      I’m sure he’ll love it:-)

  22. Gem Cook

    This looks so delicious, i have to make this x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Gem, I’m sure you’ll love it:-)

  23. Tracy Nixon

    I made this recently and added chicken too! Lovely!

    1. Camilla

      Fab Tracy:-)

  24. Sara

    Will be making this tonight looks super yummy!! 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Great, I’m sure you’ll love it:-)

  25. Paul Wilson

    A nice potato bake goes with so many dishes.

  26. Darrell

    Great! All stock ingredients that I have already in the fridge / cupboards . Will make this tomorrow for me and the kids. Looks so yummy

    1. Camilla

      Great Darrell I’m sure you’ll all love it:-)

  27. Tonkatol

    This looks really good and, as I cook for a family of six on a tight budget, would make a great alternative meal. However, when served, is the bacon “slimy” as my children would term it and, if so, would it work cooking the bacon for a bit longer in the first place? Love using or adapting your recipes for my family.

    1. Camilla

      I’ve never thought of the bacon as slimy no but I think I put fry until just cooked because the bacon continues cooking in the oven so you don’t want to end up with a shoe leathered effect but I’m sure you can gauge it to your taste:-)

  28. kris

    looks nice, wonder if this would work with veggie bacon ?

    1. Camilla

      Why not try it a let me know?:-)

  29. sophie2002

    This looks delicious. I will be making it for sure

    1. Camilla

      I’m sure you’ll love it:-)

  30. tiggerific1973

    This will be made this week, it looks lovely!

    1. Camilla

      Fab, I’m sure you’ll love it:-)

  31. Marion Weir

    I am sure my Son will thank you for this recipe 😀

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it’s a recipe you never tire of:-)

  32. Whiteshadows

    This looks so tasty 🙂

  33. Jane Davies

    This looks fab, can’t beat a bit of stodge !

    1. Camilla


  34. NatalieWhite91

    Just what I was looking for – perfect to cook tonight as I have lots of potatoes that need using up 🙂 x

    1. Camilla


  35. Ursula Hunt

    Our family loves this

    1. Camilla

      So pleased to hear that Ursula:-)

  36. esther james

    Delicious hearty food and easy to make!

  37. Jayne T

    Thanks so much for this, I finally got round to making this last night for my family, everyone loved it, I’ll certainly be making it again soon.

    1. Camilla

      Great Jayne, so please to hear that:-)

  38. Susie Wilkinson

    That looks right up my street, I’ll definitely be giving it a go!

  39. Jane McColl

    made this today, it is easy and so tasty.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Jane, glad you enjoyed it:-)

  40. Julie Carwardine

    This sounds delicious! I have to give it ago as my partner would love me forever! 😀 xxx

  41. Tracy Nixon

    This sounds and looks rather delicious!

  42. Susan Hall

    Mmm, looks delicious

  43. sally hartley

    Going to try this recipe this weekend. 🙂

    1. Camilla


  44. Sarah Cooper

    This looks delicious.

  45. gene

    Simply delicious.

  46. melanie

    this is cooking in my oven right now, the house smells delicious!! everyone is hungry, it was very quick and easy to put together and I cant wait to see what opinion is but I have a feeling it will be a big hit. thanks for the recipe

    1. Camilla

      Brilliant, sounds like it’ll become a regular:-)

  47. Amanda Beamish

    Made this and it went down really well. We all loved it – even the super picky 11 year old. Thanks!

    1. Camilla

      Brilliant – thank you for letting me know:-)

  48. Christine Lockley

    Definitely adding this to the menu plan this week – thanks for sharing a great recipe

    1. Camilla

      Fab, I’m sure your family will love it:-)

  49. Julie Brooke

    Brings back lovely memories of a dish my mum used to make 🙂 Going to have to give it a go x

    1. Camilla

      Fab, I had this dish throughout my childhood too so adapted my mums recipe as I lost count of the number of times it came out of the oven not quite cooked and had to go back in again:-)

  50. Kaci Soderstrom

    Sounds really good! You made it sound easy.

    1. Camilla

      It is easy:-)

  51. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir

    Nice, hearty and nourishing lunch idea.

  52. June Etherington

    Now that look good enough to eat.

  53. Maddy

    A great flavoured dish

  54. Frankie

    Just made this for our meal this evening. Total and unqualified success!! I deviated slightly as I had a sad looking leek in the fridge, so to be ultra thrifty I used that instead of an onion – it worked very well with the bacon 🙂 I made one without cheese for DH, as he doesn’t eat it. It’s definitely going to be a staple recipe in our repertoire!

    Thank you for sharing this fab recipe!


    1. Camilla

      Thank you Frankie, so glad it went down well:-) Good tip about leeks!

  55. Christine Bray

    This looks so good it’s on my menu for tomorrow’s evening meal I love thinly sliced foods as I have trouble digesting foods so the bacon and potato combo is great for me and cheese is one of our favourite foods. Yum I’ll be back!!!

    1. Camilla

      Great Christine:-)

  56. Jo Hutchinson

    cheese and bacon works so well together, thank you for the recipe.

  57. Elaine

    Yum! This looks really good, will try to make it this weekend (after I’ve been weighed as a treat meal!)

  58. Kerry-Ann Pope

    This looks absolutely delicious, I’m always looking for different ways of serving potatoes other then chips that my little boys enjoy I will definitely be trying this as they love bacon and cheese too so a winning combination.

  59. Rachel Whatmore

    I’m going to try this, a good Sunday night tea.

    1. Camilla


  60. William Gould

    Yummy! Anything with potatoes and bacon is fine by me!

  61. Jane Middleton

    Looks lovely, would love to try this

  62. David C

    Look so yummy but why you not include CHEESE on the title of the recipe to make it exact what it is?

    1. Camilla

      Well where do you stop, there’s tomatoes, onion – you can’t list every ingredient in a title of it becomes a shopping list. For anyone searching on the internet though cheese is one of the search tags so people would find it rest assured;-) And my have they found it, it’s my most popular blog post so I must be doing something right:-)

  63. Natalie White

    This looks absolutely delicious! Definitely something that my partner would really enjoy 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks – enjoy:-)

  64. Geraldine OGorman

    Oh this looks so good!

  65. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir

    Perfect fo a chilly autumn evenings, thanks

  66. charlotte horsfield

    its looks amazing may be making this tonight x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, enjoy:-)

  67. kayleigh white

    Absolutely delicious!

  68. Sharon Hingley

    We tried this for the first time this week and it was delicious. My daughter has already asked if we can have it again next week. Thanks, great recipe.

    1. Camilla

      That’s great, it’s one of those comfort food dishes you never tire of:-)

  69. Diane Wareing

    I have tried this and it’s gorgeous.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, so glad you enjoyed it:-)

  70. Ursula Hunt

    This has become a firm favourite in our house

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous, it’s never fails to please:-)

  71. Liam Bishop

    Love the look of this. Bacon and potato, what a combo!

  72. Anne Dalzell

    I’ve had very little sleep again and am now in work, just found this recipe and would love it right now (it’s 9.30am!!) I’ve printed it out and am going to eat it straight from the pan tonight!!

    1. Camilla

      Hope you enjoyed it:-)

  73. Ursula Hunt

    Great mid week meal

  74. Diane Wareing

    Having this for tea today. Really looking forward to it 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Lovely – enjoy:-)

  75. Nadia

    So simple but sounds yum. Must try this Autumn.

    1. Camilla

      It’s a classic we all love:-)

  76. Kayfoz

    Such a warm, comforting yet economical dish. This is definitely a family fave 🙂

  77. Irene Wright

    A recipe I’ve made time and time again but with slightly different ingredients. At the moment with fresh garlic, peppers & courgettes so plentiful, they usually end up in here too.

    1. Camilla

      Good idea;-)

  78. Irene Wright

    One of my favourite recipes – all the main ingredients are usually in my fridge

    1. Camilla

      It’s my most popular recipe – seems we’re a nation of bacon and potato lovers:-)

  79. Geoff Clark

    mmm…. a tasty way to end the World Cup, a real winner

  80. Geoff Clark

    One to have a go at this weekend, looks delicious

  81. Tracy Nixon

    This looks seriously delicious! I make similar using pork chops so will give this one a try for a change! Thank you!

    1. Camilla


  82. bev

    Planning on this one day next week – will let you know how it turns out!

    1. Camilla

      I’m sure you’ll love it, have been eating this for decades:-)

  83. June Etherington

    This is a great recipen not at all expensive to make & very tasty to eat.

  84. June Etherington

    This is a great recipe & not at all expensive to make. Also it is very tasty

  85. Steve Coe

    Looking good and I’m guessing would work just as well with that piece of left over ham boiling joint

  86. Susie Wilkinson

    This looks right up my street, I think I’ll be giving this a go soon!

  87. Victoria

    definitely giving this a go!

  88. Zoe

    Looks so scrum!

  89. Tracy Klein

    This I really need to try!!

  90. Felicity Kelly

    Will give this a go thanks x

    1. Camilla


  91. Paul Wilson

    Looks delicious.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks it really is:-)

  92. Joanna

    Ooh, this is going on the menu for next week!!

    1. Camilla

      I’m sure you’ll enjoy it:-)

  93. Bev

    That looks delicious – must try it.

  94. lmacfadyen

    MMMM this is just what I fancy! Think I will make it tonight.

    1. Camilla

      I’m sure you’ll love it:-)

  95. Carolyn Clapham

    Sounds delicious – traditional comfort food 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Definitely comfort food – everyone here loves it:-)

  96. Krissie

    This look yum, i wonder if it work work ok with veggie bacon…..?

  97. glenn hutton

    This looks delicious… so warming!

  98. janetbennett

    love this and so will family – great on a Saturday night whilst watching TV

  99. Heather Haigh

    That looks like something that’s not too expensive or complicated but would be very popular. Hubby would love it I’m sure.

  100. jannette roden

    Looks delicious a real hearty meal x

  101. June Etherington

    This is a dish where You would probably have the ingredients at hand. It looks so tasty as well. Nice & cheap to the purse. Guess what we’re having for dinner tomorrow.

  102. Paul Wilson

    Looks nice and filling.

  103. Miss. Lucinda Fountain

    This looks like a really hearty, delicious meal and one that i shall be keeping for those winter months when i love a comforting, warming meal!!

    Your recipies continue to inspire and delight – with this potato layer bake another fantastic one! x

    1. Camilla

      Aah, thank you. My husband asked for this dish tonight LOL;-)

  104. Sarah

    I left the bacon out and served with a gammon joint. Perfect pairing, will make again

    1. Camilla

      What a good idea:-)

  105. Helen McCarron

    My son is so fussy but he would love this. Definitely one to try for dinner soon

  106. Carolyn Clapham

    Lovely – and it sounds so simple that even my other half could probably make it, with a bit of encouragement!

  107. christy beckett

    This looks very tasty thanks x

  108. Heather Haigh

    mmm, comfort food

  109. glenn hutton

    This sounds delicious…

  110. Donna Kent

    So few ingridients for something that looks so delicious.

  111. Taylor J

    I really like the sound of this! Looks quite cheap to make, I’ve added it to my recipes to try bookmark.

    1. Camilla

      Ooh it’s so good, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it:-)

  112. Chris

    Really a lovely and comforting dish. I’ll keep that in mind.

  113. Jo Hutchinson

    great recipe I love bacon and potato.

  114. Carrie Ashton

    Ooh this sounds delicious – especially the cheese on top 🙂

  115. Jane Willis

    I make one very much like this but without the tomatoes. I’ll try adding tomatoes next time

  116. Daniela James

    Tonight`s dinner sorted, thanks 🙂

  117. Ursula Hunt

    I agree it was a main course and very tasty too

  118. Ruth Carson

    This looks and sounds tasty. I do a version of this with potato, cheese and onion but I’m going to give this one a try.

    1. Camilla

      Fab, I think you’ll like it:-)

  119. KMayers

    This looks and sounds delicious! All the ingredients are easy to get hold of, it doesn’t take long to cook & in our house would be enjoyed by the whole family for sure.
    I’m glad of seen this as it’s given us another meal we can eat now (my wife is always trying to find things because some in the house are a bit fussy lol). Thank you!

    1. Camilla

      Hope your family love it as much as mine do:-)

  120. Ursula Hunt

    Great side dish, will definitely give it a try

    1. Camilla

      It’s definitely a main course LOL:-)

  121. Victoria

    Very nice recipe

  122. Lisa Williams

    how to make a side dish into the main event amazing I will so be making this 🙂

    1. Camilla

      It is very popular here, enjoy:-)

  123. GILL

    great cheap dish, the last time I made it I had not enough potatoes to layer the top, so i layered the top with garlic bread.SCRUMMY.

  124. Jules

    This looks amazing! I always seem to have potatoes languishing in the fridge so this is a great (and tasty) way to use them up! 🙂

  125. Maya Russell

    Looks great and peas are perfect to accompany it.

  126. carol egan

    Sounds yummy – perfect for Brunch

  127. prwilson

    Love a nice potato bake.

  128. Hayley Butcher

    This recipe looks like exactly the kind of thing I could eat every day… yum. My mouth was watering every time I looked at the picture!

    1. Camilla

      Well I do hope you get round to making it then:-)

  129. Tracy Nixon

    I made this again yesterday – it really is quick and easy to make for these cooler Autumnal days! Thanks again!

    1. Camilla

      Wow, glad you’re enjoying it:-)

  130. Lisa King

    This looks and sounds delicious and something I would not have thought to do in the past but will be giving this a go soon 🙂

  131. Heather Cain

    this looks fab and easy to make and the whole family will love

  132. starwell

    One of my favourite comfort foods – I make this regular but with different variations depending on what’s in the fridge. Your recipe looks good though – must try it.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, hope you enjoy it as much as we do:-)

  133. Penelopehannibal

    I’m gonna try this it looks lovely! 🙂

  134. Alison Smith

    That looks really tasty, I’d like to try that for the kids!

    1. Camilla

      If they’re like mine they’ll love it:-)

  135. Elizabeth

    This sounds like the perfect winter comfort food! Yes please!!! Thanks for sharing with credit crunch munch:)

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Elizabeth and thank you for being a brilliant host of Credit Crunch Munch.

  136. Evelyn Moffat

    Now that looks appetizing

    1. Camilla


  137. chris nichol

    hope i can make this a nice as my gran used to make, it will certainly bring back some fond memories.

    1. Camilla

      Aah, I’m sure you will:-)

  138. Tracy Nixon

    My mum used to make a dish similar to this but she used pork chops instead of bacon and added onions too!

    1. Camilla

      I have onion:-)

  139. Ursula Hunt

    I love the look of this am going to try it tonight, thank you

    1. Camilla

      Great, hope you enjoy it:-)

  140. Paul Wilson

    A nice way of spicing up a potato bake.

  141. Anne Wallwin

    almost makes me look forward to those cold winter nights!

    1. Camilla


  142. Jayne T

    Great recipe, I’ve made this before but never with bacon.

    1. Camilla

      Ooh you must try it with bacon:-)

  143. Maya Russell

    I always love a potato, bacon and cheese combination.

    1. Camilla

      Yes they go so well together:-)

  144. Jen @ Blue Kitchen Bakes

    So simple yet so delicious, my favourite type of cooking when I’m busy, plus it has bacon and anything with bacon is a winner for me 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jen, yep it’s a winning formula:-)

  145. Heather Haigh

    Is it wrong that I want this for breakfast? mmmmmm

    1. Camilla

      Well I suppose it’s very similar to a cooked breakfast apart from the onion and cheese LOL:-)

  146. Tracy Nixon

    Thanks for this recipe – I followed it yesterday and the whole family loved it! A lovely Autumnal warmer!

    1. Camilla

      Wow, that was quick! So glad you all enjoyed it:-)


    Looks lovely Camilla – nice comfort food that warms you up and fills you up. Perfect for this time of year. I love potatoes done the ‘scollop’ way as we call the up north!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Danielle, it really is hearty, filling food.

  148. Javelin Warrior

    Potatoes, bacon and cheese – what could possibly be better? I love the technique of par-boiling before baking. It’s so true that the potatoes take longer than everything else and without the par boil, the cheese tends to really break down by the time the potatoes are cooked through… Love this, Camilla!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Mark, you say the nicest things:-)

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