Every penny counts these days - especially when considering the cost of groceries combined with the cost of cooking the actual food itself.  That’s why I try to think ahead and make the best choices when it comes to turning the oven on to cook a meal.  Everyday I ask myself a question that goes like this --- Can I cook double of this and create something equally as delicious for the second dish?  Try asking yourself!

Baked potatoes are one of those items that I bake double or more of on the actual baking day.  Bacon is another item that if I am going to go to the trouble of getting a pan dirty - I’m going to cook extra!  I’ve been successful in placing my cooled cooked bacon strips in the freezer to use in future dishes.

**Check out Strip House Potatoes Romanoff - made from potatoes that must be baked the day prior for inspiration - and check out the Leftover Makeovers.

Let’s get started ...

Take your day old baked potatoes ... and slice into bite-size rounds.  And dig out that extra bacon already cooked from breakfast!

Then set up a dish of eggs (whisked) and a plate of all-purpose flour.

Dredge the potato slices through the flour - then through the egg - and then through the flour again. 

Heat some canola or vegetable oil in a skillet until hot but not smoking.  Then fry the dredged the potatoes in the oil until golden brown and crispy on both sides.

Transfer the fried potatoes to a paper-towel lined plate.

Pre-heat your Broiler.

Place the potatoes on a broiler-safe baking sheet --- and now the fun part ... lay slices of cheese or shreds of cheese over the top ... you could also add cooked bacon pieces at this point if you’d like!

Slide the cheese-topped potatoes under the broiler for roughly 5 minutes ... watch them carefully since I’m giving an estimate based on the amount of time mine take with my broiler.

They should come out crispy but not burned.

Once they are cool enough to handle - sprinkle with chives or green onions and crispy bacon.  Serve with a side of sour cream or ranch for dipping!

Watch them be devoured before you can even get them to the plate!  We like these on our casual date nights at home with other finger food snacks and a movie!  Great for a party too because the potatoes are cooked the day before!