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Browned Butter Bacon Potato

Twice-Baked Browned Butter, Bacon & Cheese Potatoes

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Ingredients

  • 4 small to medium size whole russet potatoes washed and dried
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons sea salt or kosher salt or other course salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 whole green onions diced, including the green tops
  • 7 slices (4 x 4 inch size) of Swiss cheese diced
  • 2 tablespoons real bacon bits
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. 
  • For the Baked Potatoes - Place the potatoes on a large plate.  Drizzle olive oil on the potatoes and rub it on all sides. Then sprinkle the sea salt over all sides of the potatoes. 
  • Cut off the rounded ends of each potato. Just enough so that the top and bottom surfaces of the potatoes are flat.
  • Next cut the potatoes in half widthwise. 
  • On an ungreased cookie sheet, place 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 uneven or slanted, thinly slice it so that it's flat.
  • Bake the potatoes uncovered in a preheated oven until they're cooked all the way through and the tops are slightly brown (about 40 minutes depending on the size of the potatoes).
  • Once the potatoes are done baking (leave the oven on to twice-back the potatoes), and when they're cool enough to handle, make a circular cut inside the top of the potato leaving a 1/4-inch wide edge.
  • Pull off the thin layer of browned potato that’s on top and discard (or try it out for a snack). 
  • Hollowing Out the Potatoes - With a small spoon, carefully scoop out the inside of the potato (leave 1/4-inch thickness on the bottom of the potato) and add it to a medium size bowl. Set aside for just a moment.
  • For the Browned Butter - Heat a small pan on medium heat and add butter. Stir the butter as it melts.  Continuously stir until it turns a light golden color.
  • For the Filling - To the bowl with the potatoes, add the browned butter, diced green onions, diced Swiss cheese, real bacon bits, and ground pepper. Stir together.
  • Spoon the potato mixture into the hollowed out potatoes.  Top with more bacon bits.
  • Twice Baked - Bake the potatoes in a preheated oven until the cheese melts (about 10 minutes).
  • Serve warm as an appetizer or side dish.

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