Mmmmmm. Simple, but oh so good! The Works baked potatoes remind me of the wonderful potatoes at Hog’s Breath Eatery, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I used to eat at Hog’s Breath regularly. Man, did they have great baked potatoes. Sadly, the Hog’s Breath Eatery has closed. That means I have to make more baked potatoes like this one at home instead of saving up my cravings for the next time I go to Fayetteville.
I have no problem admitting that for me, The Works baked potato makes the perfect main dish. Not a side, nope. Although you could certainly do that. But you grab a big enough baker and load it up, you’ve got a great dinner. There’s nothing fancy going on here, just a good, fast, easy baked potato.
If you’re having trouble getting the insides of your potatoes done the way you want them, try some potato nails. They get the heat deep inside. I always use them when I’m grilling my potatoes to make sure they come out perfectly every single time.
You sure can’t go wrong with mushrooms and cheese on a good ole baked potato! I love having baked potatoes for dinner. Not as a side, but for dinner. Load them up and I’m a happy guy. It reminds me of Hogs Breath, my favorite diner in Fayetteville, Arkansas, when I was in college. For just a few bucks you could get a massive loaded baked potato for lunch. Like these cheesy mushroom baked potatoes.
These grilled and baked pimento cheese-stuffed potatoes were almost too pretty to eat. But they sure where delicious, and definitely something a little different. I don’t know why the thought of stuffing potatoes with pimento cheese never occurred to me before. It’s certainly way, way better than just plain old shredded cheddar cheese that’s for sure! It’s amazing how just a few ingredients, usually ones I have on-hand, can make a plain-ole plain-ole potato something magical. That’s why I love baked potatoes so much. They’re like a blank canvas just waiting for me to add my own touches.
You can also bake these pimento cheese-stuffed potatoes in the oven at 350 F instead of finishing them on the grill. I follow my always-go-to method for making the best baked potatoes in the oven when cooking them indoors. They have the perfectly crunchy skin with tender, moist insides every single time. You can’t beat them! The key is to not wrap them in foil. Let them ‘breath’. You want them baked, not steamed. And you want them to cook to 210 F. Yep, you can give them the ‘poke test’ too, but 210 F is the guaranteed perfect temperature.
The best baked potato has a crispy skin that crunches when you cut into it. The ‘meat’ is almost creamy. Baking them is what makes them fantastic.There are few things that are as easy as or as good as a great spud. This is how I make them. They are always fantastic time after time.
Here’s how we make our potatoes in the oven. Foil? Notice that there isn’t any to be found. When you foil them you are steaming them and the skin will never come up crunchy yummy.
The best baked potato has a crispy skin that crunches when you cut into it. The ‘meat’ is almost creamy. Baking them is what makes them fantastic. There are few things that are as easy as or as good as a great spud. This is how I make them. They are always fantastic time after time.
Rinse the potatoes under cold water and brush off any dirt. Dry well with a paper towel.
Pierce each potato 4 times with a sharp knife.
Brush potatoes with oil.
Sprinkle some salt onto a plate and roll the potatoes in the salt.
Place potatoes directly on the oven center rack. You might want to put a baking sheet lined with foil beneath them to catch any drippings.
Bake until potatoes are done (210 F internal temperature, or tender all the way through when poked with a knife), 40-60 minutes depending on their size. You can also test for doneness by squeezing the potatoes (with potholders on). If they give easily, they are done.
Having a baked potato for dinner is like having breakfast for dinner. It’s something I always look forward to. But for some reason, I feel mischievous having one. It’s like I’m breaking the rules. These easy chili cheese baked potatoes made me feel like I was breaking a lot of rules.
I think my addiction to baked potatoes really got started in college, at a great dive in Fayetteville, Arkansas, called Hogs Breath Eatery. That’s where I would get a huge loaded baked potato for just a few bucks. My favorites were the Terlingua and The Works. Also, their variation of these easy chili cheese baked potatoes.