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I love a stuffed baked potato. I love them at a steakhouse and I love them made at home. But my love of such things has the scale groaning. So it’s make-over time. I really wasn’t sure if this was going to be satisfying but I was pleasantly surprised.
Give it a try! You might be surprised, too!
Preheat oven to 425ºF.
Trim the ends off of each potato. Cut each potato in half. (Cut them in half in the direction that will allow the potato half to stand on the trimmed end.)
Lay out 4 small sheets of foil and lightly spray with oil. Wrap each potato in the foil with the oily side to the potato skin. Bake at 425ºF for 40 minutes or until the potatoes are soft enough inside to scoop out.
Remove from the oven and open the foil. Scoop out most of each potato leaving a little “bowl”. Mix the scooped out potato with the ranch dressing and bacon bits. Stuff this mixture back into the potatoes. Top each potato with 1 tablespoon of the cheese.
Shut off the oven heat but return the potatoes to the oven for 5-6 minutes or until the cheese has melted nicely.
While my hubby used frozen fries (which also work great), this recipe starts from scratch, because I have plenty of potatoes in the bin. The fries come out crisp without being fried while the seasoning adds a nice flavor with a little kick of spice. This recipe will please husbands, wives, kids … even in-laws!
Oh, this sauce. Drinkable.
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Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!