No Hassle Baked Potato With Bacon

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Introduction: No Hassle Baked Potato With Bacon

About: I am married with two children. Spring, summer, and fall are my very favorite times of the year. I love the sunshine thus the reason for my name. The 2 I's are because sunshine was already taken. I enjoy wo...

I loved the Forrest Gump movie. Potatoes are a lot like shrimp and when I make them, I think of Bubba's shrimp quote "Anyway, like I was sayin', shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey's uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That- that's about it." In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked Forrest Gump as #76 Greatest Movie of All Time.

This potato recipe will wow just about any of your dinner guest. It is simple to make in many different ways, depending on what entree will be served and what you have in the kitchen! It is a well balanced meal by itself and can be prepped for baking in 5-10 minutes and ready to eat in approximately one hour. It is one of those amazing 1 pan meals with easy clean up! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Credit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109830/trivia?tab=qt

Step 1: Ingredients and Utensils

This is what I used today but you can use what ever is in your kitchen that suites your taste buds! We love the bacon, garlic, and Paramesan with some fresh vegetables on the side!

Potato ( Russet Potatoes, Red Potatoes, White Potatoes, Yellow Potatoes, Fingerling Potatoes or Petite Potatoes.)
Grated Parmesan cheese 
Garlic buds
Bacon
Ground pepper and Sea salt
Butter
Bell Pepper different colors set it off.
Fresh Herbs: Thyme, Parsley, Rosemary, or whatever you like or have on hand.
Utensils:          
Cookie sheet, silverware, serving plate, cheese grater.

Step 2: Preparation

I scrubbed a Russet potato so it would be lighter in color because I normally use a yellow potato.
Slice the potato as shown but don't cut it all the way through.
 

I had very large potato's and it took 1 hour and 15 minutes to bake which caused the pepper tips to over brown. 

Step 3: Wash and Cut Vegetables and Grate Cheese

Wash the vegetables.
Slice as shown. I like to cut the slices longer so if baking burns the tips, I can cut them off so the bright color will show. It is nice to have a little contrast.
Grate the cheese.
Slice the bacon.
 

Step 4: Fill the Baker

​Start layering the vegetables, garlic buds and bacon in-between the potato slices as shown.
Top with butter if desired.
Season with salt and pepper or what ever you like.
Add herbs.
Place on a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 1 hour. 
Top with Parmesan cheese.
Garnish with vegetables.

Step 5: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

Not bad for a one dish meal eh? It is better than microwaving a frozen TV dinner and only  minutes to prepare with minimal  clean up. I am not sure how this will work in a microwave because I have not tried it in the microwave.

I wish to thank instructables, our sponsors, authors, and loyal readers for making this a great place to share! Thanks for stopping by and do have a splendorous day!

sunshiine 
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    What a great way to bake your potato !! I especially love bacon, it's my favorite vegetable !!! LOL I would highly recommend wrapping it in foil and baking it the old fashioned way, it just taste better than microwaved and it has a softer texture. Yummy, Thanks for sharing

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    How about wrapping it in foil for part of the time to prevent over browning of the peppers?

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    That is a good idea. I will put the foil on at the beginning and uncover towards the end. Thanks for sharing your comment and have a happy spring!

    sunshiine

    Thank you and have a great day!
    sunshiine

    Oh thanks so much for your comment. There were a lot of good entries! Have a beautiful day!
    sunshiine

    Just showed this to hubby, so guess what he requested with steak tonight?! Looks amazing and I bet it will taste amazing, too!

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    I hope you both enjoy them as much as we do! There are many many to make them to your liking! Hope your weekend shines!
    sunshiine

    Something VERY similar was done on AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN (PBS) They called it a BAKED POTATO FAN. They dressed the potato AFTER it was mostly baked.

    to make the slicing easier, put a chinese-style chopstick on either side of the potato. Slice downwards till the knife touches the sticks = instant consistant slices!

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    Thanks so much for the tip! Have a super weekend!
    sunshiine

    Thanks for that great slicing tip!

    I made potatoes like this recently but only added butter and garlic. Thank you for the great additions! I'll be trying that next. Yum!

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    Thanks you for stopping by and sharing! Have a splendorous weekend!
    sunshiine

    That looks so good! I know what I'm going to have for dinner :)

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    I hope you like it as much as we do! Thanks for stopping by and do have a splendorous day!
    sunshiine

    This is wonderful!..Makes me hungry to look at the pics..

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    Awesome! I try very hard to create great looking food items! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting and do have a splendorous day!
    sunshiine

    BRILLIANT ! IT WAS DELICIOUS. THANK YOU, COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE SIMPLE OR MORE TASTY.