Ingredients AKA a Recipe For Baked Stuffed Potatoes

Food/Cooking - Cooking
By: Thorgrym    
06-Mar-2011

Introduction:This recipe is a part of my Five Ingredients series - an ever-growing resource.

This is a family favorite. We serve baked stuffed potatoes as a complete meal by including at least one source of protein for the stuffing options. Served in a 'stuff your own' style, it makes it a fun meal.

  • 01

    Potatoes

    For this recipe, I recommend either russet or sweet potatoes. My girls prefer the russet but my wife and I are happy with either one though I prefer the sweet potato for this meal. The nice thing about this is that each can have their own preference. It takes no more effort to bake two sweet and two russet potatoes than it does to bake four of the same.
    Use 1 potato per serving - but you probably already knew that.

  • 02

    Broccoli

    Broccoli makes a great complement to the potato. It adds color for a nice visual presentation, but it is loaded with nutrients and it is a great source of fiber.
    Use 1/2 cup of broccoli per serving.

  • 03

    Shredded Cheese

    Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Colby, and Provolone work well for baked stuffed potatoes. They all melt well and taste great. Avoid mozzarella and Swiss cheese. While they taste great, they can be a bit messy to eat when melted.
    There is no specific serving size here.

  • 04

    Bacon

    I don't eat pork, so the bacon that I use is turkey bacon - uncured, nitrate-free, with no mechanically-separated turkey. If you don't have a problem with pork, go for it but I still recommend uncured and nitrate-free. The less it is processed, the better. Mechanically-separated meat is just vile and nitrates
    Use a couple of strips of bacon per serving.

  • 05

    Garlic

    Don't worry, we are not going to put whole cloves of garlic in our baked stuffed potatoes - not even minced. We are going to use this to perk things up a bit, though.
    Use 1 clove for every two servings.




Final Thoughts

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Thoroughly wash the potatoes, scrubbing them if needed. Pierce the skin with a fork in several places. Cut the garlic clove in half - no need to peel them - and rub the cut side all over the skin of the potatoes. If desired, rub a little salt onto the skin as well.
Place the potatoes into a glass baking dish and bake for about 60 minutes. Larger potatoes will take longer to cook through.
While the potatoes are baking, you can prep the bacon and broccoli. Preferably, you should steam the broccoli rather than boil it so that it retains more of its nutrients.
Serve the potatoes onto individual plates, cut an X into the top 'side' and squeeze to 'open' it. Use a fork to fluff the potato. Allow each person to individualize their potato by adding their own stuffing from the choices - broccoli, bacon, and cheese. If desired, offer butter, sour cream, salt, and pepper as well.
Enjoy!


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