Dating a southern boy has taught me some things.
- When it comes to cheese, the more, the better.
- Sour cream goes on everything.
- Chicken is best when fried, placed between two biscuits and eaten for breakfast. True story.
- Potatoes (white, not sweet) are king – french fried, baked, mashed or whipped.
- Pizza, french fries and grilled cheese all require a side of ranch for dipping.
- Tea should be sweet. No exceptions.
Needless to say, we disagree on a couple of points.
Lucky for him, feeding people is like one of my favorite things in life.
I know, I’m a complex being. It takes a lot to make me happy.
So yeah, feeding people is fun. Especially when you can combine like 5 of their favorite foods into a one-shot dish.
I’ve never made twice-baked potatoes before, but I think I’m kind of in love. I mean, these don’t even need to be contained to a side dish. These could be an entire meal on their own.
And not like one of those “I’m ordering an appetizer or two for my meal” kind of meal.
(Sidenote: I kind of always want to be the person that does that /\ , but I’m just not. When I sit down for a meal, I want it to be a MEAL. Except for when I go to P.F. Changs because every time I go there I order the Chicken Lettuce Wraps (which are so unbelievably good) as an appetizer and never once learn that they completely fill me up. My entree (that I inevitably always order as well) as a result, goes almost completely untouched.) <— are parentheses within parentheses allowed?
These could be a real, stick-to-your-ribs-fill-me-up kinda meal.
And if these were just for me they’d be sweet potatoes, mixed with cinnamon and topped with almond butter and I would be all about it. Breakfast, lunch or dinner.
But these are not just for me.
They’re also for that Southern boy I talked about up there. So they were loaded with the good stuff…but made secretly a little healthier, because I just can’t help myself.
Shh. Don’t tell.
Southern Boy Twice Baked Potatoes
- 4 large russet potatoes
- 4 strips of nitrate-free bacon
- 2 to 4 tablespoons Earth Balance
- 1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
- 1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded Colby-Cheddar cheese, divided
- 1 scallion, finely chopped
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and place the potatoes directly on the rack, baking for about 30 minutes.
- Remove potatoes and cut several slits in each with a knife.
- Place potatoes back into the oven for another 30 minutes or until soft.
- Meanwhile, cook bacon according to package instructions. Allow to cool 5 minutes and then crumble.
- Remove potatoes from the oven, and turn the heat down to 375 degrees.
- Slice off the very top of the potatoes lengthwise.
- Carefully scoop out the majority of the potato’s inside into a mixing bowl. Make sure to leave a little inside so that the sides of the potato don’t collapse.
- Add Earth Balance and sour cream to the mixing bowl mashing lightly to combine.
- Stir in the scallion, bacon and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Refill the shells with the potato mixture and top with shredded cheese
- Bake potatoes on a baking sheet for 20 minutes or until cheese is brown and bubbling.