Twice Baked Potatoes

These potatoes were a favorite of my husband's family long before I became a part of it. They are definitely not the healthiest food so we don't make them very often but my gosh are they tasty! They're usually the first things eaten off people's plates and the first thing requested to be made again and again.

Twice Baked Potatoes
Twice Baked Potatoes

5 red-skinned potatoes
5 pieces bacon, chopped
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1 onion, minced
2 tbsp parsley, chopped
2 tbsp butter
splash of milk or heavy cream (or more depending on how creamy you want your filling)
salt and pepper to taste

Bake the  potatoes at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.
While the potatoes are cooking, take the bacon and the onions and pan fry them until bacon is cooked and onions are caramelized.
Remove the potatoes from the oven and allow potatoes to cool for 5-10 minutes.

Potato Skins
Cut potatoes in half length-wise and scoop out the flesh with a small spoon. reserve the skins. (optional: you can brush the skins with olive oil to make them crispier.) 
Feed the potato flesh through a ricer and place in a bowl. Combine with the bacon, onions, cheddar cheese, parsley, butter, milk/cream and salt & pepper to taste.

Filled but not baked  yet
Scoop the filling back into the skins and place in the oven for 20 minutes, during the last 5 mins you can grate a little more cheddar cheese on top. 

My mouth is watering just thinking about these. They're quite heavy so a little goes a long way. 


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