BACON ‘N’ BLUE TWICE BAKED POTATOES

BACON ‘N' BLUE TWICE BAKED POTATOES

 

4 servings

 

  • 4 medium to large baking potatoes, scrubbed and
    skin pricked in several places with a sharp knife or the tines of a fork
  • Vegetable cooking oil (corn, canola or safflower oil) or non-caloric
    vegetable cooking spray as needed
  • 4 slices bacon
  • ½ cup sour cream or reduced-fat sour cream, at room
    temperature
  • ½ cup crumbled blue cheese, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup milk or reduced-fat or skim milk, at
    room temperature
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons butter or margarine or extra virgin
    olive oil, at room temperature,
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons chopped peeled onion
    (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
    or seasoned pepper to taste
  • Paprika or minced parsley (no stems) as desired for
    garnish (optional)

 

Bake potatoes in a preheated moderate oven (350 degrees F.)
for about 45 to 50 minutes or until fork tender.  Or, microwave potatoes on HIGH power for
about 7 minutes or until fork tender. 
With a sharp knife, cut a thin slice lengthwise from the top of each
potato; scoop out each potato, leaving the shells intact.  Place scooped potato in a medium bowl; set
potato shells aside.

 

While potatoes are baking, pan-fry bacon in a small heavy
skillet over moderate heat until crisp; drain thoroughly on absorbent paper and
coarsely crumble.  Or place bacon on
absorbent paper in a microwave oven and microwave at HIGH power for 2 to 3
minutes until crisp; coarsely crumble bacon and set aside.

 

With a potato masher, mash potato; add sour cream, blue
cheese, milk, butter or olive oil and mash again or beat with an electric mixer
until light and fluffy.  Stir in onions,
if desired.  Season with salt and pepper
to taste, mixing well.  Spoon potato
mixture into reserved potato shells, dividing evenly and mounding potato
mixture. 

 

Arrange stuffed potatoes on a baking sheet; bake in a
preheated moderate oven (350 degrees F.) for 15 to 20 minutes or until
completely heated through.  May broil,
about 4 inches from heat source, for 4 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned on
top, if desired. Or, microwave at 50% power for 3 minutes or until completely
heated through.  Serve immediately,
garnished with a sprinkle of paprika or minced parsley, if desired, and
crumbled crisp bacon.

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