Bacon Loaded Twice Baked Taters

So nice, I had to bake it twice! These bacon loaded twice baked potatoes are packed full of flavors!! Applewood smoked bacon, fresh green onions, sour cream …. yeah, I’m drooling… ( figuratively)

I love these and you will too…. I promise, AND  they can be made ahead ! That’s the best part, well its a good part, the bacon….. that’s the best!

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Ingredients
  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 12oz Applewood smoked  bacon 
  • 1 cup  Daisy® sour cream
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cups heavy cream 
  • 4 tablespoons butter ( each tab halved )  
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • cups shredded Mexican  cheese  ( divided)
  • 1/4 cup diced green onions

Pre-heat your oven to 350°

Cover to potatoes with foil and bake for one hour….

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Check to see if your potatoes are cooked all the way through , but insert knife through the side, about in the same place where you will halve it later.  Unwrap and let sit about 20 minutes.

 

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About half way through the baking, I start my bacon…I do mine in batches, not sure why… I just like it that way….  I cut the package in half and the diced it before cooking. I set the other raw half aside.  I render it then drain on a paper towel.

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After taters have cooled a bit, I hollow out the center, careful to leave an edge around the potato and not to go too deep… you want this so it will be sturdy when you stuff it… do not be in a hurry… take you time……

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After removing the inside of the potatoes,  mash up just a little, I don’t like to make mine into creamed potatoes, I like a bit of chunk… but it up to you and what you like.

Add the cream, sour cream, salt and pepper, cheese, onions and bacon… mix well.. if it is too dry, you can add a bit more cream until it is smooth.

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Stuff the tater “boats” with the filling, as much as you want, just remember you have to stuff 8 halves… then top with the other half of the cheese.

Set aside and allow to rest for about 10 minutes ( or, this the the stopping point o cover with foil, and stick in the fridge until ready to heat)

While they are resting, chop and render the other half of you bacon….. do you keep the fat? I do… I have jars of fat, its odd but not….. anyway……………

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Top the taters with the butter you cut earlier and add the bacon you just cooked.

Bake at 350° uncovered for 15-20 minutes

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And there they are… our go-to tater side of choice!

 

enjoy

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