These are a favourite in our house, and once you try them I'm confident they will be a favourite in yours!
Let's face it, there are not too many of us that DON'T like potato...I suppose there must be a few out there...but here in this house we are
big huge potato fans, so I'm always looking for new and interesting ways to serve them.
BTW, we also
like love bacon, so these little beauties are a win win!
Simple to make, just bake the whole potatoes in the oven straight on the rack (yup, right on the rack) then scoop out the insides, mix it all together then stuff it back in, a sprinkle on top then back in the oven. Couldn't be easier.
PS: a side note from my sous chef, bottle washer, taste tester, biggest fan and all around favourite person in the whole entire world...yeah, I know, sorry for the gush...he wants you to know this recipe is "husband-friendly" (his term not mine!)
Stuffed Baked Potatoes with Bacon
- 4 large potatoes about 180g each (thin skinned - I used coliban)
- ½ tbsp. olive oil
- 2 spring onions (finely sliced)
- 100 g bacon (roughly chopped)
- 1 garlic clove (crushed/minced)
- ½ cup cheddar cheese (with some reserved to sprinkle - shredded)
- 2 tbsp. sour cream
- 1-2 tbsp. fresh breadcrumbs
- Pre heat oven to 180c.
- Prick potatoes all over with a fork - you want to do this so they don't burst their skins in the oven.
- Using your hands, rub the potatoes all over with olive oil & place directly on oven rack.
- Bake for 1 hour or until cooked through (check by inserting a sharp knife into potato to test for doneness).
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10-15 mins.
- Meanwhile in a small non-stick pan fry bacon over medium-high heat for 2-3 mins or until starting to brown, add shallots & garlic and turn off heat (the residual heat in the pan will slightly cook the shallots & garlic) and leave in pan to cool slightly.
- When potatoes are cool enough to handle, slice them in half length ways.
- Using a melon baller or teaspoon, scoop out the middle of the potato (you want to scoop out as much potato as you can, but be careful not to pierce the skin).
- Mash potato until there are no lumps, add sour cream & bacon mixture, mix to combine.
- Place a wire rack over a baking tray, and place potato skins on rack, cut side up.
- Add shredded cheese to potato mixture and mix to combine.
- Evenly divide potato mixture between skins.
- Combine reserved cheese and breadcrumbs, sprinkle evenly on top on potatoes.
- Bake for 30 mins, or until tops are golden.