Baked Potatoes with "The Works" Topping

Baked potatoes are very easy, but sometimes they can be kind of boring.  They aren't so boring with a yummy topping that melts into the potatoes and adds lots of flavor.  My friends at my slumber party liked the topping so much with their potatoes that they licked the bowl. 

Ingredients Needed:                        Equipment Needed:


6 Medium Potatoes (You can do more if you want to.  The topping is enough for six people, so if you have more people, double the topping ingredients.)

1/2 cup butter, softened (don't use margarine in this; it tastes awful!)

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup grated cheese (we like cheddar jack)

1/4 cup crumbled bacon (you can cook your own, but the kind in the picture is really easy)

2-3 tablespoons fresh chives (or you can use the freeze dried ones; you can also substitute green onion tops)
 

Baking sheet covered with parchment paper

fork for poking the potatoes

Oven preheated to 400

Measuring Spoons and Measuring Cups

Small serving bowl

Rubber Scraper

 

 

How to Make Baked Potatoes with "The Works" Topping

Have an adult help you turn the oven to 400. Scrub the potatoes really good.  The skin will get crisp in the oven, and will taste really good, so you'll be eating it.  You don't want any dirt left on. Use a fork to poke some holes in each potato.  This is so they don't explode in the oven. After they are pricked, place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  If you don't have parchment, you can grease the sheet or use a non-stick baking sheet.

 

Carefully put the potatoes in the preheated oven.  Make sure an adult is there to supervise. Once they are in the oven on the shelf, you can carefully close the oven door.  Make sure you don't keep the oven open too long because the heat will escape and the oven won't be hot.

 

Bake the potatoes for 45 minutes to one hour, depending on how big the potatoes are.  You can tell if they are done by poking a fork into the middle of the biggest one and if it goes in easily, they are done. While the potatoes are baking, you can make "The Works" Topping. 

Snip the chives into the serving bowl with a pair of kitchen scissors.

Take the wrapper off of the butter and put it in the bowl with the chives. Spoon the sour cream into the measuring cup, then put it into the bowl with the butter. 

 

Measure the grated cheese and add it to the bowl. Measure the bacon and add it to the bowl.

Now stir the mixture until the butter and sour cream are completely mixed in.  You can use a wire whisk if you want to, but I like the rubber scraper because I can smash the butter on the side of the bowl to soften it more so it will mix in easier. This is what the finished topping looks like.  We sprinkled a few extra chives on top to make it look pretty.  You can cover this with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge if you aren't serving it right away.  You can even make it up to two days ahead.

When the potatoes are done, put one on your plate, split it open with your knife, and put a big spoonful of the topping inside.  Everything will melt and it will taste delicious!

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