Do Baked Potato Shells filled with cheese, sour cream, bacon and perhaps broccoli… or even chili sound good to you?
If you are like me…you really like potato skins as an appetizer at your favorite eating place.
You can have almost the same thing, but this is a little healthier version.
By using ingredients such as turkey bacon, low fat cheeses and low fat sour cream, you can greatly reduce the fat content and the caloric value!
However, you also have the option of using pork bacon, sour cream and cheese…going for the full flavors of ingredients that are not fat free.
But try this version first…and let me know if you like it.
- 2 medium Idaho russet potatoes
- salt and pepper
- 1 1/2 cups shredded reduced fat cheese (I like to use cheddar, but any cheese will work)
- 1/4 cup of (baked or fried) turkey bacon, chopped in pieces
- 1/4 cup reduced fat sour cream
- 2 Tablespoons choppead fresh chives
- Preheat your oven to 475 degrees.
- Scrub your potatoes to remove any dirt.
- Using a fork, prick around the potatoes in about 4 places
- Microwave on high for about 10-12 minutes or until completely cooked
- Line a baking sheet with foil.
- Cut each potato in half lengthwise.
- Scoop out most of the flesh of the potato. ( do not discard, I am sure you can find a use for the flesh ie; hash browns, potato salad, fork mashed potatoes with butter, endless possibilities!)
- Be sure and leave some potato lining the shell of the potato skin.
- Set the potato skins onto the baking sheet.
- Spray them all over (inside and the outside) with nonstick cooking spray.
- Season them (inside and outside) with salt and pepper, or other seasoning.
- Bake the potato skins for about 10 minutes until they are golden brown and beginning to get crisp.
- Remove from oven.
- Divide the shredded cheese among the skins
- Sprinkle the bacon over the top.
- Place the pan back into the oven for approximately 8 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly.
- Serve with sour cream and chives.
- Do not discard the potato flesh. I am sure you can find a use for the flesh ie; hash browns, potato salad, fork mashed potatoes with butter, endless possibilities!
- The healthy version is baked-in-the-oven turkey bacon, reduced fat cheese, and reduced fat sour cream.
- You can add chopped broccoli or any veggie of your choice if you feel the need for veggies.
- If you really want to live dangerously, add your favorite chili recipe to the potato shells and top with more cheese and chopped onion and chives.
- You have the option of using pork bacon, sour cream and cheese...going for the full flavors of ingredients that are not fat free. but try this version first...and let me know if you like it.