Introduction: 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!


Step 1: Ingredients and Utensils

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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.

Step 2: Preparation

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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

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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

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​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

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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!



CaptCheryl (author)2016-07-23

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

billbillt (author)2014-04-09


JCK (author)2014-03-27

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

sunshiine (author)JCK2014-03-28

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!


lindsey123 (author)2013-05-19

Niiiiice job. Thanks for posting

sunshiine (author)lindsey1232013-06-18

Thank you and have a great day!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2013-04-19

Happy to see you finalist :). Congratulations!!!

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

thebeatonpath (author)2013-04-05

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)thebeatonpath2013-04-05

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!

guitarpicker7 (author)2013-04-05

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)guitarpicker72013-04-05

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

LeeFogle (author)guitarpicker72013-04-05

Thanks for that great slicing tip!

LeeFogle (author)2013-04-05

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)LeeFogle2013-04-05

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

elkaye (author)2013-04-04

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

sunshiine (author)elkaye2013-04-05

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

billbillt (author)2013-04-04

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

sunshiine (author)billbillt2013-04-04

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!

1inspirit (author)2013-04-04


sunshiine (author)1inspirit2013-04-04

You made my day! thanks so much for commenting and do have a splendorous day!

bitsy113 (author)2013-04-04

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)bitsy1132013-04-04

Wow! I embrace your comment! Thank you for visiting and do have a splendorous day!

rbryan3 (author)2013-04-04

Excellent presentation! I cannot wait to fix this for supper!

sunshiine (author)rbryan32013-04-04

Enjoy! Thanks so much for stopping by and do have a splendorous day!

woodpuppy (author)2013-04-04

I love potatoo´s now I like em even better!

sunshiine (author)woodpuppy2013-04-04

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!

flyingpuppy (author)2013-04-04

Not only a fantastic recipe, but great pictures, Sunshiine!

sunshiine (author)flyingpuppy2013-04-04

Thanks so much for stopping by and I embrace your comment! Have a happy day!

rapier1 (author)2013-04-04

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)rapier12013-04-04

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, your tips are much appreciated! Have a splendorous day!

bajablue (author)2013-03-25

Sunshiine... do you realize you've re-invented/improved the recipe for Hassleback Potatoes here?

Beautiful job!!!

rapier1 (author)bajablue2013-04-04

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)rapier12013-04-04

Oooo that sounds good! Thanks so much for stopping by and do have a splendorous day!

nissan0712 (author)bajablue2013-04-04

i been cooking potatoes like this since I was in Boy Scouts. In 1984. very cool to see it recent.

sunshiine (author)nissan07122013-04-04

They are good aren't they! thanks so much for stopping by and commenting and do have a splendorous day!

sunshiine (author)bajablue2013-03-25

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!

bajablue (author)sunshiine2013-04-04

Did you see? You made the Newsletter today!!!

sunshiine (author)bajablue2013-04-04

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!

bajablue (author)bajablue2013-03-25

oops.. the spelling is actually Hasselback.

sunshiine (author)bajablue2013-03-25

OK, thanks!

sunshiine (author)bajablue2013-03-25

I am playing in the kitchen today but will take a look see when I am caught up. I am working on another one I hope turns out but it is little different. Thanks for stopping by and for the compliment.Have a glorious day!

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2013-03-27

I only had bacon once but your recipes are creating great temptations :) mmmmm

Thank you for stopping by and commenting! I hope you try this recipe. You can make it without bacon and it is still very good. Have a great day!

sonicase (author)2013-03-25

did you get this idea from reddit?

sunshiine (author)sonicase2013-03-25

No, when I do get an inspiration from a website I give credit. Thanks for stopping by and have a splendorous day!

lmnopeas (author)2013-03-25

These are beautiful and look scrumptious!

sunshiine (author)lmnopeas2013-03-25

ooooO They are! My family loves them! Thanks for stopping by and have a nice evening!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2013-03-25

Delish! I love potato and bacon together! Such a wonderful combination :)

Thanks Penolopy, they were so easy! Have a super day!

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