No Hassle Baked Potato with Bacon

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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!

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Step 1: Ingredients and Utensils

Picture of 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
Ground pepper and Sea salt
Bell Pepper different colors set it off.
Fresh Herbs: Thyme, Parsley, Rosemary, or whatever you like or have on hand.
Cookie sheet, silverware, serving plate, cheese grater.
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billbillt1 year ago


JCK1 year ago

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

sunshiine (author)  JCK1 year ago

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!


lindsey1232 years ago
Niiiiice job. Thanks for posting
sunshiine (author)  lindsey1232 years ago
Thank you and have a great day!
Happy to see you finalist :). Congratulations!!!
sunshiine (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya2 years ago
Oh thanks so much for your comment. There were a lot of good entries! Have a beautiful day!
Just showed this to hubby, so guess what he requested with steak tonight?! Looks amazing and I bet it will taste amazing, too!
sunshiine (author)  thebeatonpath2 years ago
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!
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!
sunshiine (author)  guitarpicker72 years ago
Thanks so much for the tip! Have a super weekend!
Thanks for that great slicing tip!
LeeFogle2 years ago
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!
sunshiine (author)  LeeFogle2 years ago
Thanks you for stopping by and sharing! Have a splendorous weekend!
elkaye2 years ago
That looks so good! I know what I'm going to have for dinner :)
sunshiine (author)  elkaye2 years ago
I hope you like it as much as we do! Thanks for stopping by and do have a splendorous day!
billbillt2 years ago
This is wonderful!..Makes me hungry to look at the pics..
sunshiine (author)  billbillt2 years ago
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!
1inspirit2 years ago
sunshiine (author)  1inspirit2 years ago
You made my day! thanks so much for commenting and do have a splendorous day!
bitsy1132 years ago
OMG, that is so inventive! I would have never thought to do that (but I will now lol). Can't wait to try this! Thanks so much for the idea!!
sunshiine (author)  bitsy1132 years ago
Wow! I embrace your comment! Thank you for visiting and do have a splendorous day!
rbryan32 years ago
Excellent presentation! I cannot wait to fix this for supper!
sunshiine (author)  rbryan32 years ago
Enjoy! Thanks so much for stopping by and do have a splendorous day!
woodpuppy2 years ago
I love potatoo´s now I like em even better!
sunshiine (author)  woodpuppy2 years ago
I am smiling at your comment! Potato's are a great comfort food! Thanks so much for stopping by and for commenting! Have a splendorous day!
flyingpuppy2 years ago
Not only a fantastic recipe, but great pictures, Sunshiine!
sunshiine (author)  flyingpuppy2 years ago
Thanks so much for stopping by and I embrace your comment! Have a happy day!
rapier12 years ago
As a note - cutting the potato is much easier if you use chopsticks on either side of the potato. This prevents you from cutting through to the bottom. It is, as you pointed out, important to cut a slice off the bottom of the potato so it sits well. I prefer a very thin slice (1/8") but thicker slices work very well for different additives.
sunshiine (author)  rapier12 years ago
Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, your tips are much appreciated! Have a splendorous day!
bajablue2 years ago
Sunshiine... do you realize you've re-invented/improved the recipe for Hassleback Potatoes here?

Beautiful job!!!
Yeah, I was going to mention that. Hasselbeck (or HasselBack) potatoes are originally from the Hasselbeck restaurant in Stockholm. There are a bunch of different variations of around. I usually make mine with thin slivers of garlic between every other cut with butter and olive oil topped with some bread crumbs. Good times!
sunshiine (author)  rapier12 years ago
Oooo that sounds good! Thanks so much for stopping by and do have a splendorous day!
i been cooking potatoes like this since I was in Boy Scouts. In 1984. very cool to see it recent.
sunshiine (author)  nissan07122 years ago
They are good aren't they! thanks so much for stopping by and commenting and do have a splendorous day!
sunshiine (author)  bajablue2 years ago
I see what you are talking about. It is a small world! It is funny how that works out. All I know is we love these spuds. The problem with cooking for these contest is . . . we don't always eat everything. It makes my neighbors happy though! Thanks again for stopping by!
Did you see? You made the Newsletter today!!!
sunshiine (author)  bajablue2 years ago
I was wondering how my views went up so high! Thanks for the congrats! I have only been in the newsletter 1 other time. Gee I feel like I accomplished something! Sleep comfy tonight!
oops.. the spelling is actually Hasselback.
sunshiine (author)  bajablue2 years ago
OK, thanks!
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