Who doesn’t love a twice-baked potato at your local steakhouse?! Here is a simple recipe to “do it yourself” at home. I’ve lightened things up by using turkey bacon and half of the fat.

Lightened-up Twice Baked Potatoes

Cuisine Casual
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 2 russet potatoes (preferably organic)
  • 4 teaspoons grapeseed oil divided
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 cup skim or 2 percent milk
  • 6 slices turkey bacon cut into matchsticks and cooked until crisp
  • 2 scallions thinly sliced
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup low-fat cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Place the potatoes on a parchment-lined sheet tray and drizzle with two teaspoons of grapeseed oil and salt. Roast until they are knife tender, about 45 minutes.
  • Allow the potatoes to cool and then cut them in half lengthwise.
  • Cook turkey bacon in a sauté pan with two teaspoons of grapeseed oil until crisp.
  • Use a spoon to scoop out the "meat" of the potato into a bowl, leaving an 1/8-inch-thick wall inside the skins.
  • Mash the potatoes with the butter, sour cream and milk. (You may use an electric handheld mixer for convenience.) Stir in the crisp bacon, scallions, nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Season the inside of the hollowed potatoes with salt and pepper. Refill the shells with the potato mixture. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the stuffed potatoes.
  • Line the potatoes in a casserole dish or return to the parchment-lined sheet tray and bake until the cheese is golden brown and bubbly, approximately 10 minutes.

Notes

Cooked sweet potatoes are especially beneficial for your doggy. They're full of antioxidants to help ward of cancer and the effects of aging. They also contain vitamins A, C and B6. Plus they're a great source of fiber to help with your pup's loose stools.
Grapeseed oil is a great substitute for high heat cooking and grilling. It has a much higher smoking point than olive oil and is flavorless. You can also substitute in canola oil, avocado oil or coconut oil depending on what flavor you're craving.

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