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Bacon, Cheddar and Brie Twice Baked Potatoes

These baked potatoes have a unique and surprisingly delicious combination of flavors.  They can be made ahead and tossed in the oven as soon as you're ready to heat them up.

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients

  • 5 small or medium Russet Potatoes
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/8 cup chives chopped, more if you like
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup brie
  • 5 slices bacon
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/8 cup cheddar cheese for garnishing

Instructions

Stage One

  1. Preheat oven to 350°

  2. Stir chopped chives into sour cream and place in refrigerator so the flavors can marinate.

  3. Scrub potatoes clean of dirt, brush them with bacon grease (or coconut oil, or other oil of choice), and place in preheated oven for one hour.  Let cool about 10 minutes until you can comfortable handle them

Stage 2

  1. Slice each potato in half length wise and scoop out the insides of the potato, down to about 1/4 -1/8" edges.  Place insides in a mixing bowl and mash with a potato masher.

  2. Add remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl, minus the cheddar that is being left for garnishing (so add 1/2 cup, and leave out the 1/8 cup), and mash it all together until it is fairly well combined.

  3. Scoop the mixed ingredients back into the potato skins.

  4. Return to oven at 350° for 10 minutes, then turn to broil for approximately 5-10 minutes WATCHING CLOSELY in order to turn the top slightly golden.  Don't burn them!