Delicious Baked Potatoes

March 21, 2019
Despite the bad reputation that baked potatoes may have, they're delicious and not necessarily fattening as long as you respect the proportions of ingredients consumed and added to each particular recipe.

Baked potatoes are always a treat. After all, who can resist their delicious smell and flavor?

You’re probably already aware of the nutritional benefits of baking certain kinds of foods and potatoes, in particular. In this article, however, we’ll take a closer look and provide you with some great recipes.

The Benefits of Baked Potatoes

When baking food, most of the nutrients it contains remain. Consequently, you eat better and healthier.

As if that wasn’t enough, baking stuffed potatoes allow you to be creative. On the same note, you can prepare any other baked dish you can integrate to the baked potatoes at the same time in order to make the most of the energy it utilizes.

In short, making this meal is easy, and it doesn’t take too much time out of your schedule. What makes baked potatoes fun and challenging are the small variations of their preparation. Taste, contrast, and quality are some of the pros of this delicious dish.

How to Prepare Baked Potatoes

Stuffed potatoes.

Something important to consider is that calories, carbohydrates, starches are only the main components in potatoes and other foods. Furthermore, in spite of all the negative reputation attributed to this vegetable over the past few years, such components are, in fact, healthy – in the right amounts.

Potatoes are rich in minerals such as potassium, zinc, phosphorus, pantothenic acid and riboflavin, which are ideal for our body to function optimally. Also, if you eat the right amounts and don’t add excess fat, you shouldn’t gain weight by consuming them.

So, lose the irrational fear and get ready for the truth: no natural food is harmful when consumed in the right proportions. As usual, moderation is the key.

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Ingredients

  • 4 sheets of aluminum foil
  • 3 medium potatoes
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 2 tbsp ground white pepper
  • 2 twigs fresh thyme
  • 2 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 8 slices of bacon (you can use turkey bacon as a healthier alternative)
  • 1  bunch of finely chopped chives
  • 1 c. blue cheese

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Preparation

  • First, preheat the oven to 400 ° F.
  • Then, cut the aluminum foil. (Ideally, 6 x 6″ squares.)
  • Next, place a potato on top of each sheet of foil.
  • Then, drizzle olive oil on the center of each potato, along with a pinch of salt, pepper, and thyme.
  • Wrap the potatoes and place them in the oven for 30 minutes.
  • Test them with the tip of a knife to see if they’re ready. If it enters freely, then the potatoes are ready. If not, then leave them in the oven for at least 10 more minutes or until they’re ready.
  • Now it’s time for the filling: Arrange the strips of bacon on a single layer, in a baking tray, and place it in the oven for about 10 minutes or until they’re crispy, then chop them in small pieces. Additionally, mix the chopped bacon with the chives.
  • Subsequently, incorporate them to the sour cream.
  • Then, add the blue cheese and the pepper. Obviously, the filling is now ready.
  • Open the potatoes by making a cross cut lengthwise and proceed to fill them with the sour cream mixture.
  • Finally, serve hot.

We’re confident you’ll enjoy this dish.

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