|Potato of doom!|
Twice-baked potatoes are a thing of beauty. It's like a combination of the 2nd and 3rd best way to eat a potato (the first being french fries IMHO). You get the crispy outside of baked potato coupled with the velvety texture of mashed potatoes. I don't know if I would necessarily call these true twice-baked potatoes, so I'll just call them "loaded" - as in "loaded with toppings and deliciousness".
They are really easy to make. I didn't really put measurements, because I sort of feel like it's based on how crazy you want to go with them. And in case you're not a huge lame-o like me and make potatoes for one, you can always just eyeball the recipe for 2 or 3 or 4 people... however many you want.
And OBVIOUSLY, the Contours are totally applicable in this case. Get it? Because they can do the mashed potat'a?!?
Loaded Baked Potatoes
Makes 1 lonely potato
- 1 huge russet or baking potato
- olive oi, just keep that bottle on hand
- small broccoli floret, about a handful
- 2-3 slices of Smart (fake) Bacon
- Daiya cheddar cheese, about a handful
- chopped green onion, about 1-2 tablespoons
- pickled & sliced jalapeno, to taste
- baby spinach, about a handful
- 2 tbs earth balance
- 1 tbs tofutti sour cream
- Salt, pepper, and fresh or dried garlic to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Wash your potato. Give it a good scrub. Cover with a teaspoon of olive oil and some salt.
- Give it a few stabs with a fork. Wrap in foil. Bake on the oven rack for about an hour, or until tender.
- Place broccoli florets with 1 tsp of oil and some salt in a glass dish in the oven with the potato for the last 15-20 minutes. Remove and set aside when tender and bright green.
- When potatoes are finished, remove from the oven and let sit unwrapped. Keep your oven on.
- Heat some oil in a pan on medium heat. Cook your Smart (fake) Bacon strips in oil, flipping, until crispy. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Remove the insides of the potato, keeping the shell intact. Place in a mixing bowl. Add desired amount of Daiya cheese, earth balance, sour cream, baby spinach, and seasoning to taste (don't forget salt! Potato's best friend!). Mix until smooth like mashed potatoes.
- Place mixture BACK into the potato shell in the tinfoil. Top with more Daiya. Bake for another 10-15 minutes, allowing Daiya to melt.
- Remove from oven, top with green onions, jalapenos, broken up Smart (fake) Bacon pieces, broccoli florets, and more sour cream if desired.
- Now eat!
These look amazing. I never make baked potatoes (much less x2 baked potatoes) because I never have the right toppings. but this pic has inspired me!
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