Bacon Wrapped Twice Baked Potato

All prep and no play makes Dave a dull boy, this is not a prep article really, but every once in a while I like a neat new recipe.

If I ever have to live off of my stored food without the ability to augment with a whopper or stuffed crust pizza I am going to want several extra options of cooking beans, rice, and potatoes so I don’t get “food boredom”

This recipe for Bacon wrapped twice baked potatoes is normally made for company, its really easy, pretty cheap, and tastes awesome. Unfortunately, I normally make an entire tray full at a time because at my house we don’t leave the range with a half shot box of ammo, nor do we only cook a half package of bacon. Since it tastes so good, and I make so much of it when I do make it, I reserve it for times when I have a lot of folks to eat it.

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes
  • Bacon
  • Cheese
  • Anything else you put in mashed taters – sour cream, mayo, salt whatever…
  • Round toothpicks soaked in water for at least and hour

Procedure

  • Preheat oven to 375
  • Wash and peel half as many medium to large potatoes as you have bacon slices.
  • Cut a slice off of the top and bottom of each potato so that it can stand up. Reserve ends for mashed potatoes.
  • Cut each potato in half.
  • Wrap each potato half in bacon – use wet toothpicks to hold bacon to potato. (Using 4 toothpicks per potato holds the bacon really well).
  • Lightly oil cookie sheet and place small end of potato down (this makes it easier to scoop later).
  • Bake 30-45 minutes or until tender.
  • While baking wrapped potatoes, boil potato ends until soft.
  • Open oven and remove tray.
  • Gently scoop potato centers out to make a bowl.
  • Mix baked centers with boiled potato ends and make mashed potatoes. I like to add some cheese to the mix, but however you make mashed potatoes is fine.
  • Scoop (or pipe if you’re a gourmand) mix into potato bowl.
  • Top with shredded cheese.
  • Place back in oven and bake 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted to desired doneness.
  • Remove, let cool, and remove toothpicks gently.

Tip – Bacon Wrapped twice baked potatoes are done when the bacon is crispy.

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