Loaded Potato Skins

Cattlemen's Steakhouse Restaurant Recipe

3 medium russet potatoes
vegetable oil
5 slices bacon
1 1/4 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/4 cups grated Monterey jack cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
3/4 cup chopped green onions
sour cream (for serving)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Oil baking sheet.

Scrub potatoes; pat dry. Rub skins with oil. Place potatoes on baking sheet. Bake until potatoes are tender, about 1 hour. Cool.  Maintain oven temperature.

Cut each potato lengthwise into quarters. Scoop out centers, leaving 1/2-inch thick layer of cooked potato on skins. Place skins, skin side down, on prepared baking sheet, spacing 1-inch apart. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Cook bacon in heavy large skillet over medium heat until brown and crisp. Drain. Chop bacon. Transfer to medium bowl. Add cheeses, parsley and cayenne; stir to blend. Sprinkle cheese mixture atop skins.

Bake until skins are crisp and cheese mixture melts, about 25 minutes. Transfer skins to platter. Sprinkle with green onions; top with dollops of sour cream and serve. Makes 6 (appetizer) servings.

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