BLT Twice Baked Potatoes

Sometimes you just need a classic.

Grilled cheese. Tomato soup. PB&J. Mac’n’cheese.

But summer is coming.

And summer means BLTs.

Take your favorite fluffy baked potato, mash it together with crispy bacon, soft tomatoes, tender spinach and then bake it – again!

This was my first time – ever – making any kind of twice baked potatoes at home.

Why did I wait this long?

Why didn’t anyone tell me how good they are?

And why didn’t I add a layer of cheese on top of these?

Oh well – there’s always next time.

BLT Twice Baked Potatoes

Makes: 8 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 russet potatoes
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 lb. bacon, diced
  • 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
  • 1/4 cup roasted tomatoes (or fresh or rehydrated sundried tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Scrub the potatoes with water to remove any loose dirt. Pierce the potato all over with the tines of a fork, then rub with some olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Bake the potatoes for 1 hour – 1 hour 10 minutes or until the potatoes are tender to the touch and you can easily slide a fork or knife into the side. Remove from the oven and let the potatoes cool for 10 minutes until you can handle them.
  4. While the potatoes are cooling, place a skillet over medium heat and cook the diced bacon, stirring every few minutes, until the bits are browned and crispy. Take the skillet off the heat and move the bacon to a plate or bowl.
  5. When the potatoes are cooled, slice each one in half, lengthwise, and use a spoon to scoop out the middle of the potato, leaving an edge of potato so it makes a shell.
  6. Put all the scooped potatoes into a bowl and mash together with the cooked bacon, chopped spinach, tomatoes, salt, and pepper.
  7. Stuff the mixture back into the potato halves, sprinkle with cheese (optional), and bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes until the potatoes are hot and the tops are beginning to brown.

 

12 Responses to “BLT Twice Baked Potatoes”

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    Erica — April 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I like the idea of the spinach and tomatoes in there! Fabulous

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    Julie @ Table for Two — April 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    what a great idea for loaded/twice baked potatoes!!

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    Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy — April 12, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    These look amazing! I love twice-baked potatoes, but I always forget about them. I’ve got a 5lb bag in my cupboard just waiting to be BLT’ed.

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    Cassie — April 12, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Oh goodness, I love these already. What a brilliant idea!

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    stephanie @cookinfanatic — April 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    What a cute idea, I love these!!!

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    Shannon — April 12, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    sounds delicious! especially with a little cheese on top ;)

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    Life's a Bowl — April 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    YUM! Twice baked potatoes were always a childhood treat… My momma used to buy them from Giant and serve them up with Sunday night supper so now I always think of them as a fancy dinner :P Would love to make my own!

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    Heidi @ Food Doodles — April 12, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    I love this idea! I love twice baked potatoes but usually they’re packed with butter and cheese and are really calorie heavy. I love this flavor combo, and it’s much lighter than a regular twice baked potato :D

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    sally @ sally's baking addiction — April 12, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    mmmmmmm these look insanely good. i love twice baked potatoes but never would have thought of spicing things up a bit and throwing in some BLT goodies. i love classics… and summer to me means bbqs and margaritas. aaaaand these potatoes :)

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — April 12, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Great idea! Makes the average baked potato much better!

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    Megan — April 13, 2012 at 12:02 am

    These look awesome. I actually just made twice-baked potatoes last weekend. Love them!

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    natalie (the sweets life) — April 17, 2012 at 1:51 am

    oh man, drooling over here! i just made a BLT pizza—we’re on BLT kicks right now I guess :)

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