Another recipe from How Sweet Eats.
Sweet Eats made these as game day food but since I don’t watch games on television I made these as a meal and they were devoured!
- 6 large Russet Potatoes, cleaned
- 8 slices bacon
- 1 stick of butter
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 cup crumbled Blue Cheese
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Poke the sides of your (washed) potatoes with a fork and place them on a baking sheet. Place them in the oven and allow to cook for 1 1/2 hours.
Cook your bacon in a skillet until nice and crispy. Remove to drain on paper towels.
I just wipe out the skillet and then placed the ground meat in there to cook on medium-high heat. Add just a sprinkling of salt and pepper while cooking and then drain the grease away when the meat is browned.
Once the potatoes are cooked allow them to cool for about 15 minutes. Once you can handle them without burning yourself, cut them in half, lengthwise.
I used a small sized icecream scoop to hollow them out. A spoon or mellon baller would work great too. You want to leave a layer of potato around the sides and bottom to hold the potatoes up. (use the insides for mashed potatoes the next night)
Melt your stick of butter in the microwave and proceed to brush the butter over the entire outside of the potatoes.
Flip them over and brush the butter throughout the inside of the potatoes and place them back on the baking sheet. Sprinkle salt and pepper inside the potatoes and stick them back in the oven and switch the oven to high broil. You will broil these potatoes for 10-15 minutes until you start to see some golden color around the sides.
Pull the potatoes out of the oven and gather your ground meat, bacon and blue cheese to assemble.
Fill each skin with ground meat then sprinkle the bacon on top.
Top this with the blue cheese and place back under the broiler for 3-4 minutes to melt the cheese.
Add some extra blue cheese to the top and a dollop of sour cream to finish it off. Are you dreaming of that first bite? Now my daughter is not a blue cheese fan like the rest of us so for her I added cheddar cheese instead, which she loved!