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Bacon Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes + WIN a KitchenAid Food Processor!

Disclosure: KitchenAid Canada provided me with a KitchenAid 13-Cup Food Processor with ExactSlice System for review at no cost to myself. They are also providing another food processor to give away to one of my readers!

UPDATE: This contest is now closed.

A great side dish is essential for holiday dinners like Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. These bacon cheddar scalloped potatoes are a delicious twist on a holiday classic, going perfectly alongside your baked ham or roasted turkey. Layers of thinly-sliced potatoes are smothered in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce with bits of crispy bacon thrown in just to blow your mind. The only thing you may want more right now than the recipe for these creamy, cheesy scalloped potatoes is the chance to win the tool I made them with - the all new KitchenAid 13-Cup Food Processor with ExactSlice System!

Seriously, guys, I'm giving away a food processor! No, I'm not kidding. For real. One reader will win their very own KitchenAid 13-Cup Food Processor with ExactSlice System in white, black or silver - you choose! This incredible kitchen tool is all about power and precision. Get the perfect slicing thickness - anywhere from 1 mm to 6 mm thick - with the adjustable lever on the outside of the processor. The 3-in-1 feed tube lets you process large foods like potatoes and blocks of cheese as well as slender foods like carrots and cucumbers. Use it to slice, shred, chop, knead and more. For someone who has gone her entire life without a food processor, I have used this machine every day since I opened the box. And it's not just fun. It's darn pretty, too! See the post with my full review for more thoughts on this awesome food processor from KitchenAid Canada.

I want you to win this food processor! But first, be sure to print or pin this recipe so you can make these incredible bacon cheddar scalloped potatoes. The food processor's shredding disc preps the cheese in seconds. The onions, bacon and thyme are pulsed using the multipurpose blade for the creamy sauce, and the potatoes are precision-sliced to a perfect thickness for even cooking. Bring this to the table all baked and bubbly and your holiday dinner is a guaranteed good time.

Bacon Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes
Makes 6 servings

8 slices of thick-cut bacon
350 g (12 oz) sharp Cheddar
1 medium onion, peeled
2 tbsp (30 mL) fresh thyme leaves
3 tbsp (50 mL) all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) salt
1/2 tsp (2 mL) black pepper
3 cups (750 mL) whole milk
3 lb (1.4 kg) russet potatoes, skins on (4-5 large potatoes)

Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C. Cook the bacon in a large frying pan over medium heat until crispy. Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside, transferring the bacon to a plate to cool slightly. Using the shredding disc on the food processor, shred the cheese and set it aside. 

In the bowl of the food processor using the multipurpose blade, combine the onion, cooked bacon and thyme. Pulse until coarsely chopped. Scoop the mixture back into the pan the bacon was cooked in. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes to soften the onion. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper. Pour in the milk. Turn the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring constantly, until the sauce comes to a bubble and thickens. Remove the sauce from the heat and stir in the cheese until it melts, reserving a handful of cheese for later.

Using the slicing disc on the food processor, slice the potatoes thinly. Layer a third of the potato slices in the bottom of a large greased casserole dish. Ladle a third of the sauce over the potatoes, spreading it out evenly. Layer on another third of the potato slices and cover them with another third of the sauce. Layer the remaining potatoes and cover them with the rest of the sauce in the same way. Bake on the middle rack in the oven for 45 minutes. Sprinkle on the reserved cheese, and bake another 20 minutes until golden and bubbly.

Garnish with more fresh thyme if desired.

One reader (sorry, Canadian residents only) will win a KitchenAid 13-Cup Food Processor with ExactSlice System valued at $299.99!
To enter, leave a comment telling me why YOU want to win, and be sure to leave your email address so I can reach you if you win. A winner will be randomly selected on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014. Good luck, Canada!