LOADED YUKON GOLD SMASHED POTATOES

 

This recipe improves upon the usual loaded baked potato (typically smothered with bacon, cheese, and sour cream) by adding French-fried onions and scallions as a flavor-packed double-play combination. Joe’s Bar-B-Q in Alvin, Texas, loads up its baked potatoes with smoked brisket—one of my all-time favorite lunches!

This dish goes great with my Beer-Braised Country Ribs  and the Wild Mushroom and Cranberry–Stuffed Tenderloin .

SERVES 8

PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES

COOKING TIME: 30 MINUTES

10 slices bacon

12 small Yukon Gold potatoes

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

cups store-bought French-fried onions

8 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded

¾ cup sour cream

1 to 2 teaspoons minced scallions

1 Preheat the oven to 425°F.