6. November 2010

Week 31/52: Love, disguised as twice-baked potatoes

Ok you guys, it is Saturday and you still have some time to go grocery shopping to make twice-baked potatoes. I instantly fell in love with them, the geek didn't like the generous amount of melted cheese on top loved them, so why shouldn't you? Or your kids? Or your guests? So hurry up and get going!

For this dish designed in heaven you need only things you probably have at home anyways, but just in case, you'll need:

8 large potatoes (feeding 4)
Canola oil
8 slices of bacon (or 125 g ready-cut bacon)
1/2 pound butter
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp seasoned salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 cups grated cheddar cheese (or that pizza-cheese you get at Aldi)
2 green onions, sliced

And now open a bottle of white wine, pour yourself a glass and get down to business. I liked making these potatoes because nothing hurries you while cooking. Nothing to be done in about 30 seconds where you need about 45 seconds to think about how to do it. It basically waits for you to get in the mood, so it is perfect if you have a friend over to chat. I guess it would be great to make with kids, too, as they can take their time.

How to:

Preheat the oven to about 200°C (400°F). Wash the potatoes and rub their outsides with canola oil. It is easy if you take a paper towel to do it. I thought I wouldn't need this step, but I guess that the potatoe skins will be crispier if you use oil. So do it, place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes. That gives you ample time to prepare a salad, by the way. And yes, I used more potatoes, but they were so small...

Now fry the bacon and cut into bits. If you have used the convenient already cut version: good for you.

When the potatoes are done, cut them in half, lengthwise. Place the potatoes halves onto a baking sheet, open side up.

With a spoon, scrape out the insides of the potatoes into a bowl. It is easier than you think and the insides separte from the skins without fighting. That's why I think that kids can help.

Mix the potatoe insides with bacon, sour cream, milk, butter, 1 cup of cheese, salt and pepper. So basically almost everything.

Cut the green onions.

Add them to the mix.

Now fill the potatoe mix into the potatoe halves.

Top them with the rest of the grated cheese. I also added some fresh parmesan cheese and felt great about being inventive. The geek would have liked it better with less cheese and I have to admit that 1 cup really is a lot, but the cheese was stronger than I. What can I do.

Bake for another 15 minutes and guard yourself against their power of persuasion. I had let my guard down for just a few seconds while handling the hot baking sheet and was lost.

Love. Pure, cheesy love.

Guten Appetit!


  1. Klingt nach etwas an dem Fee ihre wahre Freude hätte!!

  2. Hehe, kocht sich hier jemand durch das Pioneer Woman Kochbuch ;-) ?

  3. Und ich liebe jeden Bissen davon :-)