Baked potatoes are a simple and frugal way to feed your family. The nutrient-dense potatoes are satisfying and leave your family feeling full. These fully loaded-baked potatoes are packed with flavor for a satisfying lunch or game-day snack on a budget.
Today, we’re diving headfirst into the world of comfort food, and what better way to do it than with a crispy-skinned, fluffy-centered delight? That’s right, we’re talking about none other than the glorious, fully loaded baked potato. If your taste buds are ready for a flavor explosion, you’re in the right place. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of how to make the perfect loaded baked potatoes that will leave you coming back for seconds (and maybe even thirds!).
What you need for fully loaded baked potatoes
- Russet Potatoes (medium to large size)
- Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper
- Sour Cream
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Crispy Bacon Bits
- Chopped Green Onions
Choose the Right Potatoes
Start with good old russet potatoes. Their starchy texture ensures that your baked potatoes will be soft on the inside while developing that desirable crispy skin.
Step 2: Prep and Prick
Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Wash and scrub your potatoes thoroughly, then dry them with a paper towel. Prick the potatoes with a fork to allow steam to escape while baking.
Rub-a-Dub-Dub with Olive Oil
Rub each potato with olive oil, making sure they are well-coated. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper for that extra kick of flavor.
Bake to Perfection
Place the potatoes directly on the oven rack and bake for about 50-60 minutes or until the skins are crisp and the insides are tender. You can also speed up the process by using a microwave for 5-7 minutes before transferring them to the oven.
Slice and Fluff
Once your potatoes are out of the oven, let them cool for a few minutes. Slice each potato open lengthwise and fluff up the insides with a fork.
Load ‘Em Up!
Now comes the fun part – loading up your baked potatoes! Add a generous dollop of sour cream, a handful of shredded cheddar cheese, crispy bacon bits, chopped green onions, and a pat of butter. Get creative – throw in some sautéed mushrooms or jalapeños if you’re feeling adventurous!
There you have it – fully loaded baked potatoes ready to satisfy even the most demanding of taste buds. Now, grab a fork and dig in! The crispy skin, fluffy interior, and a medley of toppings create a harmony of flavors that will make your taste buds dance.
Pro tip: Experiment with different toppings to find your perfect combination. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or just craving some comfort food, these loaded baked potatoes are a crowd-pleaser.
Here are some more fun and delicious toppings to take your baked potatoes to the next level:
Chili Con Carne: Top your spud with a hearty serving of chili for a comforting and savory twist.
Guacamole: Creamy and rich, guacamole adds a delightful freshness to your baked potato.
Salsa: A spoonful of your favorite salsa – whether it’s mild, medium, or hot – can add a burst of flavor.
Sour Cream and Onion Dip: Elevate your sour cream game by mixing it with finely chopped green onions for an extra kick.
Steamed Broccoli: For a healthier touch, add some steamed broccoli florets. It pairs wonderfully with cheese!
Buffalo Chicken: Shredded buffalo chicken brings a spicy and tangy kick to your baked potato party.
Sun-Dried Tomatoes: These add a burst of intense, sweet-tart flavor that can balance the richness of the potato.
Pulled Pork: Tender, succulent pulled pork makes for a hearty and satisfying topping.
Ranch Dressing: Drizzle some ranch dressing for a creamy and zesty kick.
Feta Cheese and Olives: Go Mediterranean with crumbled feta cheese and sliced olives for a briny twist.
Sauteed Mushrooms: Sautéed mushrooms add a savory, earthy flavor that pairs wonderfully with potatoes.
Caramelized Onions: Sweet and golden brown, caramelized onions can add depth and richness to your creation.
Hummus: Spread a layer of hummus for a creamy, protein-packed topping.
Pico de Gallo: Fresh tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lime juice – the perfect fresh and zesty topping.
Crumbled Blue Cheese: If you love bold flavors, crumbled blue cheese is a game-changer.
So, what are you waiting for? Head to the kitchen, gather your ingredients, and embark on a journey to potato perfection. Your taste buds will thank you!