They are simply amazing.
You not only bake the potato in the oven for an hour, but after that you scoop out the inside and mix anything you like in your potato and stuff it back inside, then you bake it again! The extra baked potato gives you this crunchy top and not to mention a crunchy skin, simply amazing!!!
If you are on a diet, you can make this with sweet potato, or simply use little amount of ingredients such as light sour cream, chives, and no butter.
Me however, I just can’t fathom eating a baked potato without the works! I added gorgonzola cheese, some real bacon bits, light sour cream, light cream cheese, garlic salt, pepper, and onion powder. I substituted the gorgonzola in RJ’s potato with shredded cheddar cheese.
To get started, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Roll each potato in olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Lay aluminum foil on a baking sheet and place the potatoes on the foil. Pierce several holes in the potatoes with a fork. Place in the oven for 1 hour.
Take out of the oven and let cool for a few minutes. You will need an oven mit or glove and hold the potato and shred the skin off of the top of the potatoes. Then, take a spoon and gently scoop out the center of the potatoes making sure to leave the bottom skin in tact by leaving a little potato left on the bottom and on all sides. Place the potato insides into a bowl.
Mix your sour cream, cream cheese, gorgonzola (or other cheese), bacon bits, garlic salt, pepper, and onion powder. And anything or everything you can think of! Take a masher and mash this to mix together evenly. Once smooth and mashed, stuff the potato mix inside the shells. Place back into the oven for 20-30 minutes, depending on how hungry you are! If you want your stuffing mix to be crispy on the top, you should leave it in the full 30 minutes.
The best part about this side is that it tastes great with so many meals! It is a great pair with steak, seafood, pork, even by itself! And what I love most about these potatoes is that you can mix and match so many ingredients! You can go creative with southwest flavors, like pico de gallo, shredded chicken, southwest ranch!
So many ideas, so many ways to make this great side!!! I hope you enjoy 🙂