The Shady Porch: Loaded Potato Boats

5.19.2014

Loaded Potato Boats

The other day, I doubled up the use of my slow cooker by placing foil-wrapped potatoes on top of the Garlic-Pesto Chicken dinner I was preparing. It sure worked for me - keeping the kitchen cool in 90 degree weather is a good thing. So, when I wanted to bake potatoes for these Loaded Potato Boats, I used my slow cooker again. The slow cooker is just as useful in the summer as it is in the colder months, and, according to my research, uses less energy (and costs less money) than my electric oven for baking potatoes...even though it takes more time. Double cool! (get it?) The loaded potato boats made a great side dish to our Philly Burger  meal and, since they're so easy to make, I can see making a (ahem) boatload (ha! I'm on a roll now!) of them for our next big Game-day gathering.

A Platter of Loaded Potato Boats
Cut them into thirds and serve as an appetizer or snack!


Ingredients: 
3 potatoes, rinsed and pierced
2 T. butter
3/4c. -1c. sour cream
1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
2 T. chives, fresh or dried (green onions can be substituted)
bacon crumbled - 4-5 strips of bacon
salt & pepper
Note - measurements are approximate. Basically you just want to add lots of flavor according to your preferences.

Directions:
  • Rinse, pierce, and foil-wrap each potato. Place in slow cooker and cook on High for 3-4 hours. Remove from crock and unwrap them.
  • Slice each potato in half lengthwise. Use an ice cream scoop or large spoon to hollow out the potatoes. Keep the potato you remove in a separate bowl. 
  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  • Place the hollow skins on a cookie sheet and set aside. 
In the process of making Loaded Potato Boats
In the process of Loading the Potato Boats
  • Take the bowl of potato that you scraped out and add sour cream, butter and 1 cup of cheese. Using a potato masher or mixer incorporate the ingredients. Now refill the potato boats and sprinkle rest of the cheese. 
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, sprinkle with chives and crumbled bacon. 
Serve with sour cream. 
Loaded Potato Boat with a Philly Burger...YUM-O!
Loaded Potato Boat with a Philly Burger...YUM-O!
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