Do you remember those divided plates you used to have when you were a kid? They had cartoons in each section like this one from Sesame Street…
To this day, this is how I prefer to eat my food. Divided. Separated. Nothing touching.
What I’ve realized is that you are either the type of person who likes messy meals, the kind where you can smush all their food together, “it all goes down the same tube, of course”… OR … you like your food separated. You like to experience each flavor on its own before even considering mixing them together. If you’re that person, you know you’re looking at that Sesame Street plate and thinking about getting one just like I am.
With all of that being said, I believe I have one exception: I love a good stuffed baked potato. The baked potato is the perfect vessel for any type of food smush. It just tastes so good when you put loads of toppings on there and get it all mashed together with the insides.
It’s totally not like me, but for you, baked potato, I will make this exception.
My latest stuffed baked potato creation was inspired by one of my favorite burgers: the Black & Blue. Spicy Blackened seasoning combined with Creamy Blue Cheese is just heavenly.
Black ‘n’ Blue Cheese Burger Stuffed Baked Potatoes
Makes 2 Servings
2 Russet or other Baking Potatoes
8 oz Lean Ground Beef (I used 90/10)
2 Tablespoons (divided) Blackened Seasoning*
1/2 Onion, sliced thin
1 Jalapeno, cut in half and then into thin slices
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1-2 oz or 1/2 cup Blue Cheese Crumbles
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil Mayo
1 Tablespoon Fat Free Sour Cream
1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
Garnish: 2 Tablespoons Butter Substitute, Freeze Dried (or fresh) Chives
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Scrub your potatoes under cold water and then pat them dry. You can rub them with a little olive oil and sea salt if you’d like. Cut a line down the middle using a sharp knife so the potato doesn’t burst while it’s cooking. Place directly on the oven rack (you can place foil on the rack below to prevent mess) and cook for about 45 min. You can tell the potato is done when you squeeze the middle of the potato. It will give in very easily when it’s done cooking.
2. Meanwhile, caramelize your onions and jalapeno. Melt the 1T of butter and olive oil in a medium-sized pan over medium heat. Add the onions and jalapeno strips. Cook over medium or medium low, stirring occasionally until they become caramelized.
3. Take the ground beef and if it’s frozen, scrape into pieces with two forks in a large pan over medium heat. If it’s raw, chop while it’s cooking in the pan. Once the meat is chopped, add the blackened seasoning. Start with 1T and stir into the beef. Once the beef is cooked through (no longer pink), taste a piece and add more blackened seasoning to your liking.
4. Combine the Blue Cheese, Mayo, Sour Cream, Garlic Powder, and Onion Powder in a small bowl. Stir and set aside in the refrigerator.
5. Assemble the Stuffed Potato: Open the potato by squeezing on both ends (wearing an oven mit!) You can add a dab of butter or butter substitute onto the potato. Add half of the ground beef, then half the onion mixture, and a big dollop of the blue cheese sauce. Top with chives if you’d like.
*You can use store-bought or try this homemade recipe. I made it for another dish a month ago and put the rest in a ziplock which is what I used
This is definitely one recipe I can get behind mixing everything together. It was so good and really messy. I served these colossal potatoes with some fresh broccoli to make me feel a little healthier. Adding green to something unhealthy totally erases calories. Duh.
Check out these other fab Stuffed Baked Potatoes too! … they’re kinda my thing.