Sunday, May 11, 2014

Twice Baked Potatoes and Bacon-Wrapped Green Beans

My sweet husband usually cooks steaks for our Valentine dinner.  This year I made twice-baked potatoes and bacon-wrapped green beans as our side dishes.  The potato recipe came from and the green bean recipe came from a friend that made these for me when Camille was a newborn.  

Twice Baked Potato Recipe

4 large baking potatoes
8 slices bacon
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
4 Tbsp butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
8 green onions, sliced, divided

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Bake potatoes in oven for 1 hour.
3.  Cook bacon in skillet over med-high heat. Drain, crumble, and set aside.
4.  When potatoes are done, allow to cool for about 10 min.
5.  Slice potatoes in half lengthwise.  Scoop potato out of skin and place in large bowl. Save skins.
6.  In the bowl, add sour cream, milk, butter, salt, pepper, 1/2 cup cheese, and 1/2 green onions.  Mix with a hand mixer until well blended and creamy.
7.  Spoon the mixture into the potato skins.  Top each with remaining cheese, green onions, and bacon.
8.  Bake for another 15 minutes.

Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Recipe

Fresh or canned whole green beans
Italian dressing

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Wrap a piece of bacon around a few green beans and tie bacon in a knot.  Repeat with the rest of ingredients to make desired amount.
3.  Place bacon wrapped green beans in baking dish and pour Italian dressing over.
4.  Bake 20 minutes or so.