Double Baked Meat and Cheese Potatoes #SRC

10.28.2013

Double Baked Meat and Cheese Potatoes

It’s that time of the month again, when we snoop around another food blog, pick out something to make – tweaking it sometimes – and post it. It’s another round of the Secret Recipe Club, and my designated blog was Sarah’s Curious Cuisiniere, another blogging friend from before, making me a happy camper.
In between new work schedules and the blogs, my life is hectic but I feel more energized than ever. Who knew I would thrive on having to make lists to keep track of my day? But it is what it is and I’m getting more organized by the minute – I’m knocking on wood mind you.

Double Baked Meat and Cheese Potatoes

These last weeks I’m all for recipes that are either simple or pile a lot of flavors, like the pumpkin cheesecake where I kinda put together a lot of components to get into the Halloween season as much as I could in one single post. That’s called organization, a rather new concept for me, ha.

I went back and forth between the broccoli cheddar twice baked potatoes – which resulted in the ones you see here – the italian flatbread (on my bucket list for a long time), mustard dill bread and the potato crusted spinach mini quiche. In the end the simple won, and I also needed something to eat myself that went beyond delivered empanadas, which I’ve been eating in an amount embarrassing to admit.

Double Baked Meat and Cheese Potatoes

Double Baked Meat and Cheese Potatoes

Double baked or loaded potatoes are popular for a simple reason, they’re awesome! They usually have cheese and are crispy all around with a soft center. How can you not love that? I added some ground beef that I had cooked with spices, oregano, pepper and paprika and was planning on using with pasta and tomato sauce. Or maybe some brown rice and grated cheese. That’s the kind of food I eat. 
Or make a simple shepherd’s pie. Which incidentally could’ve been the title of these double baked potatoes. After all , the ground beef is there together with the mashed potatoes.

Double Baked Meat and Cheese Potatoes

But let’s not forget about the cheese, a perfect ingredient if there was one. I had a hunk of provolone in the fridge, that had been there forever. Meat and provolone, they go together like jack and jill. We have it as an appetizer here, grilled on the bbq with some oregano while the meat is grilling. It melts and gets crunchy in some spots, all greasy and so ridiculously good.
So into the mashed potatoes it went together with some grated parmesan.

Double Baked Meat and Cheese Potatoes

We had national elections here yesterday, and as they're mandatory is a quiet day usually when you vote and then get together for a sunday lunch or coffee. Or at least that's what I did. These potatoes were part of that meal. Perfect.


DOUBLE BAKED MEAT AND CHEESE POTATOES
adapted from Curious Cuisiniere

You can substitute the beef for chopped ham or crispy bacon.

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

2 medium potatoes, scrubbed
2 Tbs milk
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/3 cup cubed provolone cheese
½ cup cooked ground beef
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon dried oregano
Pinch hot paprika

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Microwave potatoes with skins until tender when pierced with a fork. Mine took around 10 minutes. Cut in half, scoop out pulp leaving a ¼ inch border and transfer to a bowl.
Mix in milk, parmesan, half of provolone and beef and blend very well.
Add salt, pepper and seasonings. Taste and adjust.
Mound potatoes with this mixture, pressing so you get all in the four skins. Dot with the remaining provolone cubes, pressing lightly to adhere.
Bake for about 10 minutes, until cheese is melted and golden.

Serve immediately.

28 comments:

  1. This sounds so mouth-wateringy delicious! It's now on the menu for dinner tonight, perfect comfort food for a cool, rainy Pacific Northwest evening.

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  2. Oh wow! These look delicious! Now on my list to try.

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  3. A tempting recipe for dinner! My husband would adore the melting cheese atop the meat and potatoes. I am making this recipe soon!

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  4. WOW! All the things I love to eat on a plate: potatoes, meat 'n cheese. I'd gladly have this for dinner and call it a day.

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  5. Great SRC pick! This is one of those recipes that everyone would love:) Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  6. These sound great, and your photos are making me drool! Great pick this month :)

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  7. Meat and Veg! a perfect combination!
    Mary x

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  8. This is my kind of meal!!! I really wish I had one (or two) right now!
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  9. What a tasty way to serve meat! On potato halves!

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  10. I am obsessed all about it.

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  11. One of those and I would call it a perfect meal!

    Great pick for your SRC this month!

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  12. These baked potato halves look droolworthy! Definitely worth the calorie!

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  13. Baked potatoes is one of my favorite things..that my mom is usually making :D they looks lovely!

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  14. So glad you chose the potatoes, Paula. They look lip-smackingly cheesy - in a good way =)

    Congratulations, by the way, on mastering the art of organization!

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  15. wow, i want that on my lunch box today....hehehe

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  16. Twice baked potatoes are the bomb! These are even better with all the meat. It's a whole meal in a potato!

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  17. As a proud member of the Listy McListerson club - welcome! You'll like it.

    This is such a great take on twice-baked potatoes. I've been stuffing everything into potatoes lately, and now I don't know if I'll be able to go back to plain 'ol potatoes ever again.

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  18. What perfect comfort food! I have never made - or even eaten!! - a stuffed back potato, other than the piped-in versions of my mother's era. Maybe it is time... ~ David

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  19. My kind of meal, and I say that over my husband.
    It's meals like this that get me through the cold, long winters

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  20. Paula,
    If I could have empanadas delivered to my door, I'd be huge because I would be eating them all the time. Love empanadas!! and these double meat and cheese baked potatoes look so good. . comfort food to the max. provolone and parmesan cheese??!!! omg, I love it.

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  21. Wow Paula! These look amazing and your photography is beautiful. I want these now!

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  22. This looks so hearty - yum! We're moving toward winter here and this is just the kind of thing I'm craving. Add a salad and dinner's done! :)

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  23. That looks delicious Paula! I love comfort food and this is right up my alley. YUM! :)

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  24. Love your meat and cheese filling for the potatoes, and glad you enjoyed the recipe! These really are like a portable shepherd's pie!

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  25. I love anything with potatoes. These have got to be good!

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  26. These sound absolutely amazing and your pics are fab. I wish I could reach into my screen and try one! Great SRC pick.

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  27. What a great choice for SRC this month!! Looks so warm, cozy, and hearty! Yumm!

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