Cheesy Bacon Ranch Roasted Potatoes


Ultimate comfort food right here! I decided to end the year right with an indulgent recipe that is sure to please! I mean really who wouldn’t love these?

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Roasted Potatoes | Cooking Classy

If you’ve ever ordered the cheese fries at places like Outback Steakhouse then these will very familiar to you. On a good note though, at least they are a bit healthier than those fries since these are coated in a light amount of olive oil and baked, and you can opt to use light cheddar cheese (which works great, I tested with the first batch). Also I chose to go somewhat skimpy with the bacon and just crumbled it up into small bits to make the flavor go further, then I opted for a light ranch rather than a fat packed, calorie heavy version.

These are full of irresistible flavors you will simply love! I know I’ll be turning to this recipe every now and then when I’m just in need a of good comfort food.

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Cheesy Bacon Ranch Roasted Potatoes

Yield: About 6 servings


  • 6 slices bacon , cooked and crumbled or chopped it bits
  • 2 lbs russet potatoes , scrubbed and rinsed, diced into 3/4-inch pieces (about 7 cups)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt , more to taste if desired
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 oz medium or sharp cheddar cheese , shredded (use 2% if desired)
  • Light ranch dressing , recipe follows in notes below
  • 2 - 3 green onions , whites discarded, greens chopped
  • Cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray (or just brush with olive oil using plastic wrap).
  2. In a large mixing bowl toss potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread onto prepared baking dish. Bake in preheated oven 20 minutes, then remove from oven and toss (a metal spatula works best so you can break the few potatoes that stick away from pan). Return to oven bake 20 minutes longer, remove and toss. Return to oven and bake until golden and edges are crisp, about 15 minutes longer.
  3. Move potatoes closer to center (just so there isn't a lot of extra space between them), sprinkle evenly with cheddar then return to oven and bake several minutes longer just until cheese has melted. Remove from oven and drizzle with ranch dressing, top with bacon and green onions. Serve immediately.
  4. Recipe source: inspired by Barefeet in the Kitchen

Recipe Notes

For the light ranch dressing: To a small mixing bowl add 1 (5.3 oz) container fat free plain Greek yogurt, 2 Tbsp full fat mayo, 2 Tbsp milk, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 1/2 tsp dried parsley, 1/4 tsp dried dill, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/8 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper and stir just to blend. Don't over mix or it will thin.



  • Marsha: These most definitely do sound like a comfort food. I’m going to make this recipe right away. Love anything with potatoes. I guess it’s a good thing I live in Idaho, Huh?! December 29, 2014 at 8:14pm Reply

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet: I can never say no to cheesy potatoes! Loving this! December 30, 2014 at 10:28am Reply

  • BJMRamage: I make a similar version (I use Red Potatoes and make wedges) and this is an awesome appetizer that everyone loves. mine uses a combo of Sour Cream/Ranch/Milk as the drizzle (that makes it feel slightly healthier, i guess)

    I just make layer after layer in a nicer casserole dish once the taters have cooked. Yum! December 30, 2014 at 2:47pm Reply

  • christina @ but i’m hungry: These look insaaaaane. 6 servings? More like one. For me. By myself. YUM. January 1, 2015 at 2:58pm Reply

  • Nadine: Can you use sour cream in place of the yogurt? January 12, 2015 at 9:57am Reply

    • Jaclyn: That might work okay, can’t say for sure since I haven’t tried. Just not sure if the flavor would be too strong? January 13, 2015 at 10:04pm Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: I could INHALE all of these potatoes! January 13, 2015 at 1:55am Reply

  • Jen and Emily @ Layers of Happiness: These potatoes look dangerous!! I have never tried the potatoes from Outback, but I don’t think I will ever have to! Love!! Pinned :) January 15, 2015 at 5:17pm Reply

  • Stephanie I really like the look of these. Potatoes are such a wonderful comfort food. I could totally serve these up at my next pot luck. May 3, 2015 at 8:11am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Stephanie! I hope i’m invited to that pot luck! :) May 11, 2015 at 4:01pm Reply

  • Linda: This looks so good, im going shopping for ingredients. Tonights dinner sorted thnx May 16, 2015 at 5:37pm Reply

  • Michele: can I make this up a head of time and reheat it .thanks September 4, 2015 at 3:11am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I wouldn’t recommend it with this recipe, they are best right out of the oven. September 9, 2015 at 4:34pm Reply

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