These are my “Loaded Potato Pods!” I came up with the recipe a few years ago, but never took the time to write it down until now. They are very similar to “twice-baked potatoes,” but rather than packing them back into the skin, you mash the skin down with all the other ingredients and then form “pods” to bake. These are NOT healthy. But they are amazing!
Karen Sofie’s Loaded Potato Pods
3 lbs red potatoes
1 small yellow onion
1/2 cup diced ham
1/4 cup crumbled bacon
8 oz package cream cheese
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese (plus extra for topping)
2 tsp chopped garlic
1/4 cup fresh chopped chives
2 tsp seasoned salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp olive oil
Preheat oven to 425.
Dice potatoes to approximately 1/2″ square. Boil potatoes until tender, (about 11 minutes).
Meanwhile, dice the onion and cook it on medium with the olive oil.
When tender, drain but do not rinse potatoes. Place them in a large mixing bowl and begin a course mash.
(You want the potatoes to still have some large chunks).
Add all ingredients (except for topping cheese) to the potatoes and mix well.
With your hands, form “pods” that are the size of potatoes and place on a greased cookie sheet. Top with cheese.
Bake for 15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly. 🙂