Double baked potatoes

18 Oct

Briana’s dad and grandmother use to make double baked potatoes. So naturally when J&D sent us samples of there bacon products it was without a doubt that double baked potatoes were going to be cooked. Normally when you add the fixings to potatoes bacon is on top of the list to add along with ranch dressing and cheese.

This review is going to cover Bacon Ranch Dressing Mix and original Bacon Salt, and a double baked potatoes recipe. First thing is first let’s start with the Bacon Ranch Dressing Mix since this is part of the prep. This mix requires 3/4 cup buttermilk, and 3/4 cup mayonnaise. Please note that this mix can also double as a dip. But the dip requires 1 cup of sour cream, 1 cup of mayonnaise. But for this recipe we decided to use the ranch dressing.

bacon mix

Smell:
You definitely pick up the bacon smell but it’s not so overpowering.

Taste:
This dip has a garlic smoked bacon flavor. It’s exactly what you would expect from a ranch dressing minus the bacon flavor.

Amount of product:
After the recipe was completed we still had extra ranch dressing left over. This can double for a whole other meal. It alone is packed with flavor. In this recipe case think of it this way. Because it has so much flavor you can automatically knock down the list of stuff that is normally added to a double baked potatoes.

Note: The ranch dressing requires that it be cooled in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Price: $2.99

bacon salt

Smell:
The smell reminds us of that Smokey bacon flavor. This salt also contains garlic. It reminds us of barbecue seasoning and bacon.

Amount of product:
This product is going to last a long time. We used plenty for this recipe and it was packed with flavor. Hardly any was really used up which surprised both of us.

Price: The one we used was $4.49
But prices vary depending on the size of the bacon salt you decide to get.

double baked potato

One double baked potato alone is a meal. Following this recipe will guarantee a moist potato inside and crunchy potato outside. The following is the recipe that was used to make the Double Baked Potatoes. Surprisingly no real bacon is needed. This recipe was easy to follow and it well worth the wait. We don’t recommend cooking this if you don’t have time to wait for everything to cook.

Level: Easy
Serves: 4

Ingredients
4 large russet potatoes, each about 3/4 pound each, scrubbed and dried
2 to 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1/3 cup of bacon ranch dressing
1/2 cup of sharp cheddar
Bacon Salt Original Flavor
Pepper

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Place the potatoes directly on the baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes (Add BaconSalt all over the skin of the potato).

Pierce each potato in a couple of spots with a fork and continue to bake until tender, about 30 minutes more or until completely tender.

Once tender use a oven-mit or towel, trim off the top of the potatoes to make a canoe-like shape. Reserve the tops.

Carefully scoop out most of the potato into a bowl. Take care to leave enough potato in the skin so the shells stay together.

Mash the potato lightly with a fork or potato masher. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of butter, cheese, the 1/3 cup ranch dressing. Also season with bacon salt and pepper to taste.

Butter the skins with butter. Refill the shells with the potato mixture mounding it slightly. Sprinkle any extra cheese on top of the potato filling. Brush the reserved top with remaining butter.

Set the potatoes and lids on a baking sheet, and bake until heated through, about 20 minutes. Serve immediately.

Recipe review
We found that the directions were easy to follow. We do have to admit this does take up a lot of time to make.

Taste:
Overall the flavoring was just right. Not one thing really stands out of the combined flavors. Sure you taste everything from the bacon, cheese, garlic, onion, and ranch flavor. But it compliments each other very nicely.

Try again:
You betcha we are going to be trying this recipe again. It’s packed with flavor more than what we expected. Sure it takes time to make. But it’s worth the wait.

Site: baconsalt site or http://baconsalt.com/

Overall:5 stars
Overall this recipe really compliments the J&D products. This recipe is definitely going to be made again.

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