Smoked bacon cheddar cheese twice-baked potatoes
with onion, chives enhanced with freshly grated nutmeg, topped with smoked bacon

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Potatoes can be baked two days ahead. When cooled, wrap individually in plastic wrap and refrigerate. When ready to serve, bring to room temperature, remove plastic wrap, place on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes to reheat and serve hot.

Twice-baked Potatoes
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Total Time: 20 min   Prep Time: 20 min   Serves: 8


Ingredients

8 (8 ounce) baking potatoes
6 slices smoked bacon, divided
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup milk
1 cup cheddar cheese finely grated
1-1/2 tablespoons onion finely chopped
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
fresh chives snipped, or sliced green onion tops for garnish

Instruction:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Scrub potatoes, dry them with a paper towel, rub with 1 teaspoon oil; wrap in foil, shiny side in, prick potatoes several times with a sharp knife. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 70 minutes rotating halfway through the cooking time.

Meanwhile cook bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crispy. Drain on paper towels, let cool, crumble and set aside.

Remove potatoes from oven, cool on a rack, reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees. Discard foil, cut tops off potatoes with a sharp knife starting approximately 1/2-inch from each side of the potato as it lays flat horizontally making an oval shape along the top without tearing the skin, (see my photograph). Scrape pulp from cut tops into a bowl, discard skins. Scrape pulp from inside each potato leaving a 1/4-inch shell and mash with butter, milk, cheese, onion, nutmeg, half the crumbled bacon, salt and pepper, until mixture is a smooth consistency.

Spoon or pipe mixture back into shells. Brush skins with the remaining 1 teaspoon oil, place on a baking sheet and bake at 325 degrees F. for an additional 10 minutes or until heated through. Remove from oven, top with chives or green onion tops, the remaining crumbled bacon and serve.

Note: Potatoes can be baked two days ahead. When cooled, wrap individually in plastic wrap and refrigerate. When ready to serve, bring to room temperature, remove plastic wrap, place on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes to reheat and serve hot.

wine bottle Wine recommendation: Pinot Noir; Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot

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