The guys in my house are great eaters. They never complain when we have a meatless meal, or a fancy salad for dinner. But, they are males – and there is nothing that my boys love more than meat and potatoes. But to stuff said potato full of meat, sour cream, cheese, and scallions? Well, then they’re just in hog heaven.
We don’t eat steak that often in our home these days(as I’m a cheapskate who will only buy it when it’s on sale!) so when we do, I like to make it extra-special by serving these potatoes alongside. They’re easy, filling, and everyone always loves them! You know it’s good when your 4 year old happily gobbles up the potato skin. Sometimes I’ll double the recipe, and stick a few in the fridge or freezer to enjoy for an easy, quick lunch. When paried with a salad, it’s a wonderful meal on it’s own. No steak required!
4 large russet potatoes, scrubbed and dried
1/2 cup sour cream
6 pieces of bacon, cooked and chopped
2 scallions, finely chopped
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar
Fresh ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Pierce potatoes with the tines of a fork a few times and place in the oven. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove potatoes from oven.
Hold the potato with an oven mitt or towel, trim off the top of the potatoes to make a canoe-like shape. Discard the tops (or make potato skins!). Carefully scoop out most of the potato into a bowl, leaving enough potato in the skin so the shells stay together. Mash the potato lightly with fork along with the sour cream. Stir in the scallions, 1/3 cup cheese, and bacon. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Season the skins with salt and pepper. Refill the shells with the potato mixture mounding it slightly. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top of the potato filling.
Place potatoes on baking sheet and bake for about 25 minutes, until warmed through and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with fresh scallions if desired.