I made this delicious appetizer for a family gathering and it was a huge hit! Absolutely everyone loved them and went back for seconds, thirds and even fourths! That’s when you know you’ve got a winner. The spice of the jalapeno is perfectly paired with the mild flavor of freshly grated Gouda cheese. And of course, bacon makes everything better. Everything.
Bust out this recipe for game days, holidays and friendly gatherings of all kinds for a crowd pleasing appetizer that is sure to go quickly. You may want to hide a few, so you can have leftovers. You will be craving them the next day!
Ingredients: (affiliate links below)
- 10 medium potatoes
- 2 tablespoons of non-GMO oil, such as avocado or coconut
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 pound gouda cheese, shredded
- 10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 jalapeno, diced
- 1 medium tomato diced
- 1/4 cup chives, chopped
Preheat Oven to 400º.
Wash potatoes and arrange them on a baking sheet. Bake potatoes for about 45 minutes or until insides are soft when pierced with fork, but not mushy.
Once soft, remove baking sheet from oven and allow potatoes to cool slightly. Then, slice potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out the centers, leaving a 1/4 – 1/2 inch layer of potato in the skin. Reserve the scooped out potato for mashed potatoes or potato pancakes at another meal.
Brush the outside of the potato skins with oil, using a silicone basting brush, and return to baking sheet.
Sprinkle the inside of the potatoes with onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Evenly distribute the shredded Gouda and cooked bacon over the top of the potatoes.
Return Potato skins to oven and bake for an additional 7-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Top skins with a dollop of sour cream and garnish with diced tomato, jalapeno and chives to taste. Happy cooking! (printable recipe below)
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