Baked Potato With Pulled Beef/Pork

shanes-menu-img-shack-potato-rightThis will be one of those foods that is considered heaven in your mouth, so come with an empty belly and be ready to take a nap. 🙂 The ingredients are very basic and versatile. We like heat in our house so often times my recipes call for Jalapeño Peppers, but of course those are always optional.

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 Large Baked Potatoes
  • Nacho Style Cheese Sauce, your choice
  • Jalapeno Nacho Slices, Optional
  • 1-2 pounds of cooked pulled pork or shredded beef
  • BBQ sauce of your choice
  • Butter
  • McCormick Roasted Garlic and Herb, or your choice
  • Any other topping your heart desires. Onions, mushrooms, etc…

Directions:

  1. Bake your potatoes in the oven or the microwave until soft. For the microwave, simply wash and pierce the skin in a few places to let the steam escape. I usually allow for 8-10 minutes for 1-2 potatoes depending on size. If a knife inserts and exits like its cutting butter then its done. 🙂
  2. You can make your pulled pork or shredded beef from scratch or you can buy it already made at Sam’s or Wal*Mart in the frozen section and simply heat it up and top with warmed BBQ sauce. (TGIF pulled pork is the best in my opinion, but I really prefer shredded beef.)
  3. Once everything is done cooking then layer the potato in this order.

That’s it!! Dinner is served and everyone is happy, happy happy. I won’t lie, its messy, but its worth it. If you have any suggestions please feel free to add them to the comment section.

Keepin It Spicy,

Jalapeño Gal

Recipe Inspired by Shane’s Rib Shack

Twice Baked Potato

twice baked potatoIf we eat a baked potato this is the way we do it. I have not had one single person dislike this recipe. 🙂 With twice baked potatoes the toppings and ingredients are endless.  Its all about your flavor and what you like. This recipe is our base recipe. We often add Jalapeños to the adults potatoes. (big surprise right? lol)

Something else I really love about this recipe is that you can get the kids involved. After making the basic blend of ingredients you can let them add cheese, bacos, mushrooms or whatever their little hearts desire on top. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 Large Baking potatoes
  • 1/2 cup of ranch dressing, more or less to taste.
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream, more or less to taste
  • 1 tablespoon bacon bits
  • 1/4 pound (4oz) of Velveeta cheese. cut into small cubes or slightly melted. (usually the heat from the potatoes melts it nicely.)

(Optional: Half of a small white onion and red onion, 1 teaspoon minced garlic. Both of these need to be finely diced in a small mixer. Almost minced. Saute all of these in butter and then mix into the potato mixture. Other optional ingredients might be McCormick garlic and herb seasoning. We have never had to add salt to these.)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F for baking the potato.
  • Scrub the potato well and blot dry with a paper towel.
  • Rub or brush potatoes with some oil and then rub with sea salt.
  • Prick skin with fork to release the steam.
  • Stand potato up on its end inside a muffin tin and bake for one hour or until a knife or fork inserts easily.
  • Once done baking slice of the top of the potato. You will want to slice off as thin a piece as possible. Think of potato skins. Once i cut the top off i had cheese and bacos and stick the tops bake in the oven just long enough to melt the cheese. It makes a wonderful appetizer for the family while you cook.
  • Scoop out the centers into a bowl with a spoon leaving a small amount on the walls to support the potato. (not real thick, you just dont want to rip through the skin.)
  • Mash the potatoes with a masher or a mixer. Add dressing, sour cream and bacon bits. (optional) You can also add your sauteed onions and garlic at this time. Stir in Velveeta.
  • Beat with mixer until fluffy. You will have to use a spoon to scrape the sides.
  • Add toppings such as shredded cheese, bacon, jalapenos etc…
  • Spoon into shells, bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.

Serve with any meat dish such as meatloaf, slow cooker ribs, pulled pork, steak etc…. and enjoy.

 

 

 

An Easy Way to Bake Your Home Grown Potatoes

I discovered this method of baking potatoes a few years ago and fell in love!  We love potatoes at our house and on a regular basis I am begged to cook Mom’s Famous Twice Baked Potatoes.

Its really very simple.  Prick the potato with a fork (I use the little corn cob holder thing.) Then spray the potato with cooking oil such as Pam.

On a paper plate, grind up some sea salt and then roll the potato in it.  For areas not covered simple rub some salt on there.  It looks like a lot of salt but its really not. A portion of it will fall off when baking, but the stuff that stays on makes the potato perfect for eating.

Now the fun part! Instead of placing them on a cookie sheet or in a pan, use a muffin tin instead and stand them up!  This helps them to cook faster and you don’t have to worry about turning them so they cook evenly.  So simple yet a genius idea lol.

I usually put them in the oven at 400°F for about an hour.  You can tell they are done if a fork or knife slides in and out with out a problem.

Once your potato is done cooking you can either eat it as a baked potato or make them twice baked.  To do this you will slice off the tops. (Don’t through these away) and scoop out the insides with a spoon. Be careful it will be hot!!

Next, if you so choose, take the tops you sliced off, top with cheese and bacon bits and place them back in the oven for some yummy potato skins. They should only take about 5 minutes for the cheese to melt. You be the judge!! Some people like them crispier, we prefer them soft.

While the potato skins cook, place the insides of the potato in a bowl and add your favorite ingredients such as salt, pepper, minced garlic/onions, ranch dressing, crisp bacon, cheese, *Jalapeño’s* etc… Flavor it according to your taste or find a recipe online that your family likes. Once it is all mixed up and smooth, spoon it back into the potato shell, top with cheese and bacon bits and bake for:

45 minutes at 400 degrees F.
60 minutes at 350 degrees F.
90 minutes at 325 degrees F.

Voila!!! Now you have magnificent, but more importantly, SUPER EASY, delicious baked potatoes for your family to eat.  I hope you have fun and enjoy.  If you have any recipes you love with potatoes please feel free to add them to the comment section below. We love to try new things!!

Keepin it Spicy,
Jalapeño Gal