Should I fry potatoes in bacon grease?

I have a recipe I’m experimenting with tonight, part of which involves bacon and fried taters. I wonder if could use the left over grease from the bacon to fry the taters in?

It seems like it would be awesome but I’m worried the salty bacon flavor may be too much.

Thanks for any input.

Do it!! I’m hungry just reading it!

Do it! It’ll shave a year off your life or something, but you’re old, senile and shitting your pants at that point anyway.

I would - in fact I do it quite often.
The bacon grease doesn’t seem to retain that much salt, compared to the bacon itself.
If you’re adding the bacon back to the recipe, it makes a difference whether it’s thick-cut (saltier) bacon or regular/thin cut (not as salty.) Just drain the cooked bacon well first.

Bacon is awesome.

Bacon fat is great, and not particularly salty (use lots of freshly ground pepper on the potatoes).

But goose fat is even better, especially for deep frying. I regularly make thick-cut french fries (skin on) with goose fat, and they are a little bit of heaven in a bowl! :o

If you want something to be thankful for, input those potatoes into that bacon grease!

(Wait, you’re not talking whole potatoes are you? That would be weird.)

They would be tasty;)

This is America. If we can deep fry a whole turkey, we can darn well deep fry a whole potato!

You should fry everything in bacon grease. If there’s bacon grease in the pan, and you need to fry something, that’s what you use.

Whenever I make a recipe using bacon, I always make something fried (often eggs, but potatoes would work too) for the next meal, to use up the grease in the pan.

I do it all the time. It adds a nice smoky flavor to the spuds, which of course MUST be topped by an over-easy egg.

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You will likely still want to add salt to what you’re cooking, just start with less and taste from there.

To add to the alternative fats to use; also duck fat. Something about duck fat and potatoes is amazing, and it’s lower in saturated fat than butter.

I often start breakfast with bacon, followed (in the pan) with chopped potatoes (home fries), followed by an egg with onions. It takes less salt for the potatoes and egg than if I start with cooking oil, but seems efficient use of resources. Tastes great!

Didn’t say it couldn’t be done. Said it would be weird.

Also didn’t say I wouldn’t try a bite. :slight_smile:

As far as I know it’s impossible to make anything worse with bacon or it’s grease.

Absolutely not! What you should be doing is frying more potatoes in more bacon grease.

Just don’t try this in a pan that isn’t very non-stick.

Except for maybe your arteries. But then again… it is bacon.

Or duck fat!

Poultry fat in general works very well for frying potatoes. Duck fat is possibly the best of all, and humble chicken fat is quite delicious as well.

Bacon grease is a distant second to poultry fat; it’s too smoky IMO.

I’d say give it a try. What’s the worst that could happen?