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Have I mentioned before how much I love potatoes? For many years I was an addict, barely able to prepare a meal without them. I’m a mashed potato expert, but never tell my guests that they’re eating equal parts potato, cream and butter. I want them to enjoy the experience without the guilt.

Sadly, in an effort to keep from buying an entire wardrobe in the next size up, I’ve cut the instances of potatoes in my diet to “infrequent.” And now they’re usually steamed or grilled baby potatoes rather than gooey mashed pillows of heaven. On a very rare occasion, I’ll make a homemade gratin of potatoes and cheddar, a guilty pleasure my husband and I both love. Which brings me to the topic of today’s post: the Potato Bacon Cheddar Tart by Michael Smith of the Food Network Canada. You can find the recipe here at Jumbo Empanadas, a lovely site that I highly recommend for your viewing and drooling pleasure.

You would almost think that a potato and cheese tart couldn’t get any better, but as we all know, BACON MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER. There could be no clearer evidence than this recipe. And so the next time I’m ready to splurge on potatoes, I will have the double luxury of splurging on bacon. I can hardly wait.

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