So I wasn’t planning on sharing this but, what the hey… I didn’t take any pics but I totally made a quick Instagram video.
This is a super easy recipe and most definitely budget friendly, the original recipe called for four large potatoes, you know me I had to change that up a bit.
I bought a bag of Idaho potatoes and dove right into my twice baked cooking project, per the request of my aunt for my awesome uncle Mert and family to nosh on at the holiday gathering on the South Side of Chicago.
Total Cooking Time: 1 hour 40 Minutes Budget: $-$$ (depending on how many you are catering)
Preheat Oven: 400 degrees
Wash the taters really well, better yet just give them a good scrubbing a little dirt never killed anyone but, it’s just good practice. Once clean poke the potatoes in random spots with the fork (this keeps them from exploding in the oven). Once you’ve stabbed the potatoes give them a good rub down in the olive oil, this allows for a nice crispy golden skin. Cook for about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until potatoes are fully cooked and tender to the touch.
Cook the bacon while the taters in the oven (I cooked mine before I even touched the 1st potato). Soak all the grease off with a paper towel on a plate.
Once the potatoes have cooled to the touch, cut them in half lengthwise and canoe out the halves of the potato with a spoon, I used a teaspoon. Take a look at the video to see what I mean. Mix in a bowl the scooped out potatoes, milk, cream, spices, butter, sour cream, and a bit of the cheese and scallions. Mash into desired consistency, if you use an electric beater be cautious as you will turn the mashed potatoes into a paste.
Turn Oven Temp Down: 350 degrees
Take a spoon and fill potato skin shells with filling and top with scallions, bacon, and cheese then place back into oven for about 20 or until cheese has melted.
I also made mine without bacon for those that would like a meat-less version just add more CHEESE!!
I hope you like this easy and simple recipe, be sure to leave your comments and questions below, happy cooking.