Loaded baked potatoes are something I’ve had a love affair with ever since my college days. They were a great way to get a cheap, and still delicious, dinner. Yep, I love a baked potato as a meal. I don’t need anything else. These mushroom and onion baked potatoes are great as either a main dish or a side. They aren’t shy on the mushrooms. You won’t go searching for them. You’re going to get plenty in each and every bite. Cooked perfectly, this is a favorite potato of mine!
The bigger the potatoes you use for your mushroom and and onion baked potatoes, the more of the yummy mushroom and onion mixture you can pack inside. But, on the off chance you end up with leftover stuffing, you cannot go wrong with using it as a topping for grilled burgers. It’s fantastic on burgers. And it’s great in omelets too! So make extra, you’ll love it!
Whether you cook your potatoes in the oven or on a grill, potato nails help ensure they cook nice and evenly! And they look kinda cool too!
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.
When ready to serve, poke the tops of the potatoes with a fork in cross pattern (i.e. from edge-to-edge and top-to-bottom). Pretend you are tracing the lines you would make if cutting the potatoes with a knife. Then, grab the potatoes from the ends and squeeze. The potatoes will open up perfectly. Fluff with the fork before adding the mushroom mixture.
Top with cheese if desired. Place the potatoes under the broiler for a minute or two if you want to melt and toast the cheese.
For the mushroom mixture
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
Stir in the Worcestershire sauce.
Add the mushrooms and cook until they start to soften, about 5 minutes, stirring gently on occasion.
Add the onions and stir. Cook another 5 minutes, stirring gently on occasion, until the onions are just softened.
Reduce heat to low. Add the garlic and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir and cook another 2-3 minutes or until the garlic is cooked.
I love smoked potatoes. Smoking them adds such a fantastic (but not overpowering) smokiness. And it’s cooler than just baking them in the oven. And since I also love sweet potatoes, why not just combine two of my favorite things? Smoked sweet potatoes are sweet (duh) and creamy, and oh so fluffy and tender. To counter that sweetness just a little bit I top them with a nice (also smoky) sour cream and chipotle mixture. And I add a little bit of bacon for some more smokiness and a bit of crunch. Forget Russet potatoes, smoked sweet potatoes with chipotle sour cream are better! Serve these next time along your grilled steak and get happy!
Don’t have a smoker? You can use the technique for my perfect baked potato on sweet potatoes instead, using an oven. You won’t get all that smokiness of course, but the chipotle sour cream and bacon will help make up for that. They’ll be sorta smoked sweet potatoes with chipotle sour cream. Still creamy delicious and super tasty!
Potato nails help ensure that your sweet potatoes (or regular ole baked potatoes, too!) get cooked nice and evenly. And they look cool. Just remember to remove the nails before serving!
Mmmmmm. Simple, but oh so good! These cheesy broccoli 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 used my homemade cheese sauce on these delicious cheesy broccoli baked potatoes. You can use your own or pre-made if you like, but my version is so easy to make.