Sunday, October 10, 2010

half baked? twice baked!

what do you get if you cross a baked potato with mashed potatoes?

you can start by baking some potatoes. a prick of a fork, a hot oven and some patience should do the trick. meanwhile start cooking up some of the stuff that goes great with mashed potatoes,
turkey bacon, red onions, garlic, salt pepper, canola oil.
of course, you could use real bacon it would probably give you a more authentic crispy texture. or leave out the meats for a veggie option! many possibilities.

potato shells!
once your potatoes have cooled, slice in half and scoop out the insides. they won't be silky soft (i've a blister to prove it!), but get as close to the skin as possible without breaking through. rub down with a little oil, and stick the skins back in the hot oven.
mix the insides with the onion mixture
using a fork, try to smooth the potatoes out as best as you can. add sour cream or cream cheese, and milk if desired. if you have a food processor or blender (i don't), you can purée the potato first, then combine with the mix-ins for a more refined texture and clean presentation. alas, my resources are limited, so i'll stick with the rustic!

pack skins with the potato mixture, and pop back in the oven for 20-30 min. time is forgiving with this recipe.
then top with grated cheese and chives, broil for a few more minutes until cheese is bubbly.

you're done! let cool for a few minutes because a hot potato on a tongue can be quite drastic.

say cheese!
twice baked potatoes (sans butter!)
  • few pounds russet potatoes (i used 8 small ones)
  • 4 slices turkey bacon, finely diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp canola oil (or butter if you please)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • milk to taste
  • 1/2 grated cheese
  • chives, optional
  • salt/pepper to taste
preheat oven to 450F. prick potatoes with a fork and bake for 45-60 min.
meanwhile sauté turkey bacon, onions, and garlic in oil over medium heat until onions soft. set aside.
once potatoes have cooled, slice in half and scoop out insides. set insides aside.
rub skins with oil and place back in oven while assembling filling.
mash scooped potato with sour cream and milk. add onion and meat mixture. combine well. season to taste.
scoop potato mixture into skins. bake an additional 20-30 min.
top each potato half with grated cheese and chives. broil an additional 5 min, or until cheese is bubbly.
let cool for about 10 min and serve.