Loaded twice baked potatoes are my new best friend. Sorry Cade, I guess you’re out like a light! Ew, that was lame and I know it. Plus, he’s totally not out of the picture. I could’t make it through life without him. (Oh, gosh she’s getting all sappy now. When will her ridiculous ramblings end?) Totally channeling my inner Jim Gaffigan there.
Tell me you’ve watched him? Not like, watch him all creepy like, but his DVD’s. You guys, he’s hilarious. In fact, I’m going to go ahead and link to a few of my favorites just so you can waste your time like we do when we get sucked into his clips. Jim and Jimmy Fallon, both are time sucks but worth it. And yes, we will talk about these blasted loaded twice baked potatoes because heaven knows Jim approves of this message. And apparently we are on a first name basis.
First up, Kale. Because if you can’t laugh at yourself and this whole Kale thing then we aren’t friends. I’ve had plenty of great kale recipes, but I’m also totally going to admit that I’ve had quite a few horribly bitter and awful tasting recipes. Gah, the phantom taste just hit me again.
And let’s talk about camping since it’s something I love and Cade does not. It’s one of the first clips that sold Cade on him. Listen, I get that it’s not luxurious, but I love it! So what if you wake up soaking wet from laying too close to the tent and the dew soaked you? So what that you head home looking diseased from the 5.2 million mosquito bites? In the end you got awesome dutch oven food and you talked all night around the campfire. Worth it!!
And back to the bacon and it’s awesomeness. These taters are totally and a lazy way to have a killer side. Here’s why it’s a lazy side, some sides you’re roasting, pureeing, seasoning, and standing by the stove all day. This one, you bake the potatoes a day ahead and then just let them cool or place them in the fridge until you’re ready to make them. When you’re ready, cut them in half, scoop out the insides, heat them with a little butter, cream cheese and seasoning, plop it back in the potato, sprinkle with cheese and already cooked bacon, pop it back in the oven until the cheese is melted then call it dinner. Or I guess it really can be a side, but let’s be honest, I ate one as my meal one day. And so what?
Are Potatoes a Vegetable?
Potatoes are classified as vegetables.
However, it is nutritionally considered as a starchy food due to its high carbohydrate content.
So, I guess potatoes are actually starchy vegetables.
What Potato is Best For Baked Potatoes?
Starchy potatoes such as russets, and sweet potatoes are the best potatoes to bake.
Are Potato Skins Good For You?
Potato skins are good and good for you.
The potato skin not only adds fiber and nutrients, but it also helps the flesh of the potato retain its nutrients.
Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes
Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes
- 3 Russet Potatoes
- Olive Oil
- Sea Salt or Kosher Salt
- 2 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons butter
- garlic seasoning with parsley
- Shredded Colby Jack Cheese
- 3 Slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Roll each potato in a drizzle of olive oil and then in the salt to coat entirely.
- Place the potatoes in the oven on tin foil and bake for 40-50 minutes
- Allow to cool then slice open lengthwise and remove most of the white flesh into a bowl. See note if you do this on separate days.
- Add the butter and cream cheese and using a potato masher begin mashing the insides.
- Add seasoning and mash until smooth, adding more butter if necessary.
- Spoon back into each potato skin and top with cheese and bacon.
- Place into a baking dish and bake until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.
If you prepare the baked potatoes a day ahead, store them in the fridge and then reheat the insides in a bowl so the cream cheese and butter melt when mashing.
Yield: 6 potato skins, Serving Size: 1
- Amount Per Serving:
- Calories: 221 Calories
- Total Fat: 12.7g
- Cholesterol: 29.8mg
- Carbohydrates: 22.7g
- Fiber: 1.6g
- Sugar: 1.2g
- Protein: 5g