Saturday, December 15, 2012

Cheesy Baked Potatoes

In Texas, large, stuffed baked potatoes may be served as an entree, usually filled with meat, cheese, bacon bits. 

Larger potatoes around two pounds and 7-8 inches long are used than in other parts of the United States. The meat is often some form of barbecue or smoked meat; in some cases chili is substituted. Vegetables such as broccoli may also be added.

A baked potato is sometimes called a jacket potato in the United Kingdom. The baked potato has been popular in the UK for many years. In the mid-19th century, jacket potatoes were sold on the streets by hawkers during the autumn and winter months. In London, it was estimated that some 10 tons of baked potatoes were sold each day by this method. Common jacket potato fillings (or "toppings") in the United Kingdom include cheese and beans, tuna mayonnaise, chili con carne and chicken and bacon.

Baked potatoes are often eaten on Guy Fawkes Night; traditionally they were often baked in the glowing embers of a bonfire.

As part of the upsurge for healthier fast food, the baked potato has again taken to the streets of the UK both in mobile units and restaurants. The fast-food chain Spudulike specializes in baked potatoes.
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This easy cheesy baked potatoes is loaded with good taste.

Cheesy Baked Potatoes
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4 large potatoes
4 tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup cheddar cheese, divided
2 tablespoons bacon bits
salt and pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons chives, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Scrub potatoes and pierce them all over with a fork. Bake until potatoes are tender, about 1 hour.

Slice about 1/2 inch off top of each potato and scoop out pulp, leaving the shell.

Place the pulp in a bowl, add butter salt, pepper and 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, mash until smooth.

Stuff the potato skins with the filling, top with remaining cheese, and place on sheet pan. Return to oven until heated through, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the potatoes from the oven, top with bacon bits and chives. Enjoy!


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