Twice-Baked Potatoes

You never can go wrong with potaotes and this is one that doesn’t stay on the Kitchen counter for very long. My 11 and 14 year old sons had potato skins while we were out to lunch one day, and they exclaimed that those potates were just the best! So here’s my version. Of course the toppings are endless and you can get quite creative, but I stuck with the basics. Needless to say, my sons request these pretty often. A very easy recipe to make.

Garnished with sour cream, chopped bacon, fresh parsley, and chives. I didn’t have fresh chives on hand, but dried chives did the job just as well

Begin by washing your potatoes thoroughly , then dry them and give them a few pricks with a fork all around; coat with butter or olive oil; sprinkle on a little salt, fresh cracked black pepper, a little onion & garlic powder, and a hint of Lawry’s Season Salt if you so please.  I also added a few cloves of garlic brushed with a little olive oil. Bake at 350 for about 45-50 minutes, until tender.

After the potatoes have cooled (about 20 minutes), cut them in half lenth-wise and get ready to scoop them out. I chopped the bacon that was cooked in the oven prior to cooking the potatoes. Notice those garlic cloves are nice and browned…and the smell was very nice..well garlic cooked any way smells nice to me

Carefully scooped out, leaving the skins intact

Next, just proceed the same as making mashed potatoes. However, you want to leave a few ‘lumps’…so do not over mix.  With those potatoes that I scooped out in bowl–I added half of the chopped bacon bits, the roasted garlic cloves, chopped parsley, salt,  fresh cracked black pepper, butter, and heavy whipping cream–enough to get the desired consistency. Now you can go ‘lite’ on this by adding the liter versions of some of  these ingredients. Mash everytbing together to a nice consistency…again, don’t over mix…we’re not making mashed potatoes, just ‘almost.’

Fill each half with our potato mixture. Back into the oven (hence, twice-baked) and bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted, then top with the rest of the chopped bacon

Add the sour cream and a few more chives. My sons simply devour these! Frankly I have to put a few aside for myself if I want any

Goes very nice with left-over Corned Beef and Cabbage

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