These little gems are such a hit served as appetizers for parties - but here I used them as a fun side dish. These are a little labor intensive for some people - but worth all the effort when you see the smiles on your families faces, when you serve something other than mashed or roasted potatoes! Kids really love these too!
I think I'll make a batch for my Oscar party today!
1 1/2 pounds of small potatoes
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 pack Bacon, your favorite
1 cup shredded Manchego
1/4 c Milk
2 large baking potatoes, diced
salt & Pepper to taste
Slice a small spot off each bottom of every potato. Then cut each potato in half.
(This ensures all potatoes will sit up nicely on the cookie sheet.)
Gently scoop out the inside of each half with out going all the way through. (reserve insides)
Drizzle with olive oil and place cut side down on parchment lined baking sheet.
Roast in 400* oven for 15-18 minutes.
At the same time roast your bacon until very crispy! Remove from oven & cool completely...chop very finely.
Meanwhile bring your diced potato & "reserved potato" to a boil, cook until fork tender. Drain, then add your milk, shredded Cheese & Salt & Pepper to taste.
Mash very well & Transfer to a ziplock or pastry bag.
Pipe potato cheese mixture into each potato.
Top with additional shredded cheese and crumbled bacon. serve immediately-