This recipe is perfect for putting something hearty in your belly before bedtime. This is a great side-dish for dinner, appetizer for any get-together, and the leftovers make a scrumptious treat for heating up at lunchtime. This recipe is absolutely indulgent and divine!
7 Baking Potatoes (washed and scrubbed)
2 sticks of butter
1 bag cheddar cheese (or your favorite kind for topping)
1 cup finely chopped bacon
1 bag of pearl onions
1/4 cup honey
3 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 Cup Whole Milk
3/4 Cup Sour Cream
1/2 Cup Chives or Green Onion to garnish
Turn your oven on to about 400 degrees. Prepare your potatoes by washing them. Take your baking sheet (for the potatoes) and cover it with a non-stick cooking spray, either vegetable or canola oil based. Arrange you potatoes on the pan. Use the 3 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil to cover the potatoes with before baking for 1 hour.
While the potatoes are baking, use up to 1 quarter of a cup of butter to saute your pearl onions over a low heat. Stir in the honey immediately and wait until the onions are lightly browned on both sides. Also use a pan to prepare your bacon.
Take your potatoes from the oven and continue to slice them lengthwise with a knife when they have sufficiently cooled. Don’t get burnt! While they are cooling, you can take a large bowl and mix together your butter (melted), sour cream and cooked bacon.
Scoop out the centers of your potatoes and mash into your butter, sour cream and bacon mixture. Do this until all of your potatoes are hollow. Take the skins, or shell, and arrange them neatly on your baking sheet to bake again.
Proceed to mix as much cheese as you feel fit (within reason), and the milk, caramelized pearl onions and a pinch of salt into your butter and potato bowl. Mix all of this together very well.
Using a large spoon, fill each of your potato shells with a decent amount of your potato and bacon mixture. Feel free to add grated cheese to the top liberally! Place in the oven and bake again at 350 degrees for about 20 more minutes. When they are finished, cool for a while and sprinkle with your fresh green onions or chives.