what you will need is: Potatoes, Butter, Sour Cream, Cheddar/Jack Cheese, Bacon/Bacon Bits, Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, Black Pepper, milk (if necessary) and Green Onion…
FIRST THINGS FIRST: Wash, then place six baking potatoes on a cookie sheet. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 1 hour, 15 minutes, making sure they’re sufficiently cooked through. (I rubbed the outside of my potatoes with olive oil and garlic salt)
I had made these for the Broncos, New England game…
OK so on The Pioneer Woman Recipe she calls for bacon bits, but I am sorry I had to use REAL bacon…
She does say in her recipe though:
“you are more than welcome to fry a bunch of bacon and crumble it to make one cup of bacon pieces.”
and I think I added more like 3 cups…
then I drain it on paper towels and set it aside until its cool enough to handle
Place them into a large mixing bowl.
Now, the potatoes are all done. The reason you bake them “naked” is so the skin will be nice and firm—and strong enough to hold the filling later. Within a few minutes after you remove the baked potatoes from the oven, you need to begin scraping them out.
Cut each potato in half lengthwise.
with a large spoon, begin scraping out the insides and I added it to the butter, sour cream and bacon
Keep scraping, being careful not to tear the shell.
You should leave just a little bit in there for support, but try to remove most of it.
Lay the hollowed out potato shells on a cookie sheet.
then get you a potato masher
Begin smashing the potatoes with the other ingredients.
keep the mixture a little bit lumpy.
Now grab your Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, Measure about 1/4 teaspoon and add it to the bowl. You can always adjust the seasonings later. (I did).
Now add about 1 cup of grated cheddar/jack cheese and mix it in well.
then add ground black pepper, to taste
And mix them in. Per Pioneer Woman: (IMPORTANT: If you plan to freeze the twice baked potatoes, do NOT add green onion. Did you know freezing chemically alters the taste of green onions? Oh, gosh, it does and it happened to me once. The potatoes were ruined. I’ve never forgotten.)
now Scoop out some of the yummy potato filling and begin filling the shells.
Keep going until the filling’s all gone. I like to fill the shells so they look abundant and heaping.
Don’t spill any on Brownie, also known as the couch. yes I named my couch Brownie. He’s so soft and cozy, he’ll make you feel lazy and better when you are sick and he will make all your friends feel comfy too and they won’t want to get up, because he is so soft and cozy…