This is a dish that can stand alone on it’s own as a one-dish meal – it’s hearty, satisfying, salty, creamy, and simply delicious. If you’re vegetarian, just skip the bacon garnish! I made this for my aunt when she was visiting from India a few years ago, and now every time she comes into town, she always asks me to make this since she loves it SO much! 🙂
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family has and make it your family’s favorite! 🙂 PS, this is THE MOST kid-friendly dish, EVER! 😉
4 large baking potatoes, washed, dried, and pricked all around with a fork
Extra virgin olive oil, as needed
Kosher salt, as needed
8 slices of cooked bacon
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
Optional garnishes: chopped olives, green onions, sour cream, bacon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Rub olive oil and kosher salt all over the prepared baking potatoes.
Place the potato directly on the oven rack in your preheated oven. Place a baking sheet or piece of aluminum foil on the lower rack below the potatoes to catch any drippings / salt that falls. Bake the potatoes for 60 minutes.
[Note: you will know the potatoes are done if tender when pierced with a fork and the internal temperature reaches 210 degrees F. You can also use a meat thermometer to test for doneness]
You can also test for doneness by gently squeezing the middle of the potato (using a pot holder). If it gives in easily to your touch, it is done.
When potatoes are done, allow them to cool for 10 minutes. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop the flesh into a large bowl using a spoon (be careful not to rip the potato skin). Save the skins and set aside.
Add the following into the large bowl with the potato flesh: sour cream, milk, butter, salt, pepper, 1/2 cup cheese and 1/2 the green onions. Mix with a hand mixer until well blended and creamy (feel free to add more sour cream/milk if your mixture is too dry).
Spoon the mixture into the potato skins. Top each with remaining cheese and green onions.
Bake for another 15 minutes in your preheated oven and serve hot! Top with cooked bacon slices and sour cream, and other optional garnishes listed, if desired. Enjoy!