Monday, November 28, 2011

Twice Baked Bacon Ranch and CoJack Potatoes

I've been wanting to make some twice baked potatoes for a while but just didn't think I had a good enough reason to. I offered to bring supper to my SIL Bev and her family tonight (they have a sweet new baby girl) and thought this would be a good reason to try these out. I have only made these (or a version of) once before and that was years ago so I also needed a refresher.☺ They are super easy, and would be great to make ahead of time if you are having a crowd and want to avoid last minute hassles.

7 large Russet baking potatoes

Wash, pat dry, rub with Olive Oil, prick with a fork and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake @ 400° uncovered for 1 hour. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Cut a thin slice off the top with a SHARP knife.

With a grapefruit spoon, scoop out the pulp, leaving a thin layer against the skin.

Place into a large bowl and add:

6 Tablespoons butter
6 oz. cream cheese

With a fork mash these 3 together then add:

½ cup, (scant), milk*
2 Tablespoons Ranch dressing mix*
1½ teaspoons salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon fresh chives, finely snipped

Mix, then add:

6 oz. CoJack cheese, shredded
2 oz. fried, crumbled bacon

* I used evaporated milk because I had some in the fridge that needed to be used but regular milk would work great, and I had the bulk ranch mix on hand so that is what I used.

Mix well. Spoon back into shells.

Bake @ 350° until heated through then sprinkle a bit more cheese, bacon bits and chives over the top for a garnish and pop it back into the oven till the cheese is melted. I had put mine into the refrigerator for several hours before the last baking so I baked them between 30-45 minutes.

In her thank you text Bev described it as a yummy, yummy supper.☺ Made me happy!

Be Blessed!

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  1. I absolutely LOVE twice baked potatoes. I have never had a version with ranch in it, but I love ranch and I have never had cojack cheese - is it similar to another cheese?

  2. I like potatoes as they are...but with these extra touches they would be incredible! I think I've had these in a restaurant and we call them American potatoes!

  3. These look yummy! I have never tried twice baked potatoes. I am looking forward to this recipe.

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  4. @Jenn- CoJack is just what I usually grab instead of Cheddar. It's a yellow/white combo of Colby and Monterey Jack cheeses and is fairly mild.

  5. These look like delicious potatoes. I love potatoes.

  6. Those look super tasty!!! I love a good twice-baked potato....perhaps I'll make these for our Christmas dinner!!

  7. Love these potatoes. I've made them in a mini version too and had them as a terrific appetizer.

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    Hope you are as amazed as I am with all the other projects.

  8. Ok.....My stomach's growling now..... lol!

    xoxo laurie