It’s like eating a burger and fries in one bite! Just top them with your favorite burger toppings, like ketchup, mustard and pickles.
Now that the stress of the job situation is finally gone, I find myself obsessing over food again, not just eating it but thinking about it, reading about it, cooking it, all the fun stuff. Of course eating it is a huge part of the fun but I love being involved again with the other aspects.
When I was menu planning last week, I had burgers listed as quick and easy meal but couldn’t decide between oven fries or the more decadent tater skins. Then I got to thinking about my bacon cheeseburger pizza which I haven’t made in a long time. But I REALLY wanted potatoes of some kind.
Then it hit me: I could combine them! Taters stuffed with ground beef, bacon and cheese and topped with burger toppings… yes, please!
Like a lot of kids (and some adults), I have… on occasion… put my fries on my burger. This is especially good when the fries are really crispy and salty and when the burger is dripping with toppings. Eating these potato boats reminded me a lot of that and ended up being a wonderfully comforting meal.
I am now one week in with my new position at work. It’s pretty much what I was expecting it to be but my new coworkers are a lot nicer than I was expecting so that certainly helps! I’ve also figured out a hole in my budgeting so money should hopefully be a little less tight moving forward as well.
I finally feel secure enough to start completely unpacking the apartment as well. With the job situation, I was scared that I’d have to move right away so the 2nd bedroom is still home to lots of boxes. I’m really looking forward to having an art area again! I’m also going to set up a staging area for taking food pics. Right now, I am using a TV tray in the middle of my kitchen with my light mod clipped to an open cabinet door.
That set up works okay but it’s certainly not ideal as you can tell from my more recent pics. It also doesn’t help that I have to set up and tear down each and every time since my kitchen is really small. But it works well enough for now, I think.
As long as I can still cook, though, it works. I just have to get more creative with my prep set up and if I am anything, I am a creative problem solver which is proven, I think, by this meal. 🙂
- 6 medium russet potatoes
- 6 slices bacon
- 1 lb extra lean ground beef
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- ½ tsp ground cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt + more to taste
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 15 oz can diced tomato, drained
- 3 Tbsp butter, melted
- 8 oz cheddar, shredded
- Bake the potatoes at 400° for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until done. Let cool 20-30 minutes or until cool enough to handle.
- While the potatoes are cooking, cook the bacon in a large flat skillet until golden brown. Set aside on paper towels to dry. Drain off the grease and set the skillet aside.
- While the potatoes are cooling, cook the ground beef over medium-high heat in the reserved skillet, stirring often to break up any large pieces. After about 5-7 minutes, when there is still some pink left, stir in the Worcestershire, cayenne, salt, pepper, and tomatoes. Cook, stirring often, until the beef is cooked through and any residual liquid from the tomatoes has evaporated, about 5-7 minutes more. Set aside.
- Preheat broiler on high. Cover a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
- Cut each potato in half. With a spoon, scoop some of the potato out of each half, leaving about ¼” of potato on the skin. Save or discard the scooped bits.
- Place each potato skin on the baking sheet skin side up. Brush the skins with about half of the butter. Sprinkle each with a small bit of salt. Turn the potatoes so they are skin side down and brush with the remaining butter. Broil 6-8 minutes about 5-6″ from the heat until the potatoes are crispy with browned edges. Remove from the oven.
- Break or cut the bacon into small pieces and stir into the beef mixture. Fill the potato halves with the beef-bacon mixture.
- Sprinkle each evenly with cheese. Broil 1-2 minutes more or until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
- Serve hot with choice of burger toppings, such as ketchup, mustard, pickles, etc.