Deconstructed Baked Potatoes cut to the heart of what makes baked potatoes so appealing… and unlike baked potatoes, Deconstructed Baked Potatoes don’t require an hour to make them! The potatoes are tender on the inside, crisp on the outside, and topped with rich butter, melty cheese, and crisp bacon crumbles. Top them with sour cream and chives and you’ll have the full baked potato experience without the work! Sounds like a sweet (or in this case, savory) deal!

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Ingredients

  • 6 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 strips bacon
  • 1/4 cup unsalted sweet butter, melted
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup cheese, of your choice, shredded
  • dried chives, to taste, plus more, for garnish
  • sour cream, to taste, optional, for garnish
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Directions

Step 1 –In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the potatoes until they are fork-tender, about 20 minutes.

Step 2 –Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Step 3 –In a skillet over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until crisp, about 8-10 minutes.

Step 4 –Drain the bacon on paper towels.

Step 5 –Once the bacon is cooled, crumble the slices.

Step 6 –Drain the potatoes and add them to a 9×13-inch casserole dish.

Step 7 –Pour the melted butter over the potatoes and season them with the salt and the pepper.

Step 8 –Top the potatoes with the shredded cheese, the crumbled bacon, and the chives.

Step 9 –Bake until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

Step 10 –Serve garnished with the extra chives and the sour cream.