Brown Butter and Bacon Cheese Potato Cups

Potatoes and Bacon.

Need I say more?

Yes, I should say more….Brown butter and cheese!

Now there’s a delicious combination if I say so myself.

And to raise the tastiness factor, these potato cups are salt crusted.

This is an appetizer that can be made ahead of time. 

All you have to do is pop them in the oven just before serving.

And the good news is that not only do these little gems taste delicious, they make the house smell really good….sort of like French fries without the oil.

Another good thing about these yummies is that even if they sit out for a bit after serving, they’re still delicious when at room temperature.

Since this is the time of year when bags of potatoes tend to go on sale, I’m keeping a watchful eye out for low prices. 

It’s a great time to stock up the fridge pantry for the holidays…..and to make these delicious Brown Butter and Bacon Potato Cups. 

Here’s another delish potato recipe Salt Crusted Baked Potato with Thyme Ground Beef and Gravy.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Russet potatos, swiss cheese, real bacon bits, butter, sea salt, olive oil, ground pepper, green onions. 
 

Here’s how to make it.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Wash and dry the potatoes.

Drizzle the olive oil on the potatoes….

….and rub the olive oil on all sides.

Sprinkle the sea salt over all sides of the potato.

Cut off the rounded ends of the potato.  Just enough so the top and bottom surface of the potato is flat.

Next,

cut the potatoes in half width wise.

Lay them out with the smallest diameter-side facing down so that the potato looks like a small cup.

If the top surface of the potato is slanted, thinly slice it to make it flat.

Bake the potatoes uncovered in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked all the way through and the tops are slightly brown.

While the potatoes are cooking,

dice the green onions…

….including the green section.

Then dice the swiss cheese and set aside for just a moment.

Once the potatoes are done baking (leave the oven on to twice-back the potato cups),

make a circular cut around the top of the potato cup leaving about ¼ of an inch wide edge.

Pull off the thin layer of browned potato that’s on top, and discard (or try it out for a snack).

Next,

scoop out the potato from each cup and add it to a medium size bowl.

Set the bowl aside for just a moment.

Heat a small pan on medium heat and add the butter.

Stir the butter as it melts.

Continue stirring until it turns a light golden color. 

Then,

add the melted brown butter to the bowl.

Add the diced green onions…..

….the swiss cheese….

….the real bacon bits…..

….and the ground pepper to the bowl.

Next stir all of the ingredients together.

Spoon the potato mixture into the cups.  Top with more bacon bits.

Put the potato cups back in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Serve warm….

…and enjoy!

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Brown Butter and Bacon Cheese Potato Cups

Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients:

4 small to medium size whole Russet Potatoes
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
4 teaspoons Sea Salt
2 tablespoons Butter
2 whole Green Onions
7 slices of Swiss Cheese (4 inch by 4 inch size slices)
2 tablespoons real Bacon Bits
¼ teaspoon ground Black Pepper

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Wash and dry the potatoes. Drizzle the olive oil on the potatoes and rub it on all sides. Then sprinkle the sea salt over all sides of the potato. Cut off the rounded ends of the potato. Just enough so the top and bottom surface of the potato is flat.

Next cut the potatoes in half width wise. Lay out the potatoes with the smallest diameter-side facing down so that they look like a small cup. If the top surface of the potato is slanted, thinly slice it so that it's flat. Bake the potatoes uncovered in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes or until they are cooked all the way through and the tops are slightly brown.

While the potatoes are cooking, dice the green onions including the green section. Then dice the swiss cheese and set aside for just a moment.

Once the potatoes are done baking (leave the oven on to twice-back the potato cups), make a circular cut around the top of the potato cup leaving about ¼ of an inch wide edge. Pull off the thin layer of browned potato that’s on top and discard. Next scoop out the potato from each cup and add it to a medium size bowl. Set aside for just a moment.

Heat a small pan on medium heat and add the butter. Stir the butter as it melts. Continue stirring until it turns a light golden color. Then add the melted brown butter to the bowl with the potatoes. Add the diced green onions, the swiss cheese, the real bacon bits, and the ground pepper to the bowl. Stir all of the ingredients together.

Add the potato mixture to the cups. Top with more bacon bits. Put the potato cups back in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Serve warm.

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14 Responses to “Brown Butter and Bacon Cheese Potato Cups”

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    Kim Bee — October 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Okay you are a total genius. I can’t even get over this. I am trying this out this week. You really raised the potato bar.

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    • CouponClippingCook — October 6th, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

      Hi Kim, so glad you like them. Have a great weekend!

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    marla — October 8, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Such a great idea for baked potatoes!!

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    • CouponClippingCook — October 8th, 2012 @ 9:33 pm

      Hi Marla, thank you for stopping by!

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    Baker Street — October 10, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    Potatoes and bacon. Enough said.

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    • CouponClippingCook — October 11th, 2012 @ 12:22 am

      Hi There, couldn’t agree with you more! Have a great day.

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    marla — October 15, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Love this recipe! Will be linking back to this in my upcoming post :)

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    • CouponClippingCook — October 15th, 2012 @ 8:41 am

      Hi Marla, thank you very much for the link back and for stopping by too! Have a great week!

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    Meggan — October 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Lovely photos, delicious recipe. Looks great!

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    • CouponClippingCook — October 21st, 2012 @ 7:08 pm

      Hi Meggan, thank you very much!

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    daphne — October 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Oh I ? potato. baked or steam YUM YUM! They sound pretty good and easy to do.

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    • CouponClippingCook — October 21st, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

      Hi Daphne, thank you for stopping by!

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    Kellie — November 3, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Ok so now I’m drooling. Must make these really soon!!!!

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    • CouponClippingCook — November 3rd, 2012 @ 7:19 pm

      Hi Kellie, so glad you like them!

      Reply

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