After three 12+ hour days at work this week, I wanted nothing more than to curl up on the couch with a yummy dish and watch some back episodes of The Daily Show. Enter: Loaded Bake Potatoes. This is a classic comfort food that each person can customize. It takes a little longer than some meals, but your actual hands-on time is very short – perfect for lounging while you cook.
The base of this dish is the baked potato. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Clean 1 potato per person at a minimum. Stab it a few times to allow for venting while it bakes. Place each potato on a sheet of aluminum foil. Before you fold the package up, spritz the potato with Pam or drizzle a small amount of olive oil on it and sprinkle a little salt on it. Wrap up each potato tightly. Set the potato packs directly on the rack in the oven. Bake for 45-60 minutes.
For the toppings, the world is your oyster. I used the following: sour cream, margarine, cheddar cheese, dill, salt, turkey bacon, green onion and a sauteed mixture of corn, peas and mushrooms.