Friday, 24 February 2012

Twice Baked Potatoes

In the spirit of my new meal planning endeavour (more about that later) and trying to cook once for 2 or more meals, this is what we had with our amazing Alberta Beef tenderloin for supper last night.

The only thing I love more then baked potatoes, is twice baked potatoes. These require a bit more planning but are well worth the effort!

Twice Baked Potatoes
6 Baked Potatoes
1/4 cup Chopped Onion
3 Tbsp. Margarine
1 cup Sour Cream
1 1/2 cups grated Cheese
1/2 cup Bacon Bits

1. Wash potatoes and cut in 1/2. Season with a little salt & pepper, wrap in tinfoil. Bake in oven for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
2. Let potatoes cool a little (so you don't burn your hands), then scoop out the potato flesh into a bowl and mash.

3. In a skillet, saute the onion in the margarine. Add to mashed potatoes along with sour cream, cheese and bacon bits. Mix everything together.

4. Fill potato jackets with mixture.

5. Bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes until thoroughly heated.


Now, there is no way that my family will eat all 6 potatoes (or 12 halves), so I split the batch into 2 and froze half so we can have them at a later date. In hindsight, I should have split it into 3 batches of 4 potatoes each.

I am still experimenting with my Food Saver, so the potatoes got a little mushed when I vacuum sealed the bag.
It doesn't change the taste, just the presentation.

In the future, I think I will try freezing the potatoes on a tray and then putting them into the bag.

I also want to experiment with adding other ingredients, like broccoli, to the mixture.

All-in-all, it's still a win in my books!

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