Loaded Baked Potato Dip with Chives is the perfect thing to serve alongside some crunchy carrots, peppery radishes, crisp celery or thick cut steak fries.
1 large russet potato, rinsed and cleaned
4 slices of thick-cut bacon, sliced into ½-inch pieces
½ cup sour cream, room temperature
½ cup cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
2-3 Tablespoons milk or cream
¼ red onion, finely minced
1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
10 chives, thinly sliced
3-4 sprigs of curly parsley, leaves only, finely chopped
Baked Steak Fries
2 large russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch thick fries
Sea salt, for finishing
Prep Time: 10min | Cook Time: 45min
Preheat your oven to 450 °F.
Rub your potato with a teaspoon or two of olive or vegetable oil, wrap it in foil, and bake for 30-45 minutes, until tender. Alternatively, you can peel and boil your potato in salted water for 15-20 minutes, until tender. Set aside.
In a medium-sized pan, cook your bacon over medium-high heat, stirring often, until crispy. Use a slotted spoon to place the bacon on a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Reserve 2 Tablespoons of bacon fat and discard the rest.
In a medium-sized bowl, mash your cooked and peeled potato, then combine your sour cream, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, milk, minced onion, minced garlic, garlic powder, paprika, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper.
Mix until smooth, and then fold in your chives, parsley, and cooked bacon.
Garnish with any additional chives, parsley, red onion, or bacon, if you like, and serve with your steak fries. You can also serve this with carrots, celery, radishes, or even potato chips!
Baked Steak Fries
Get your steak fries baking while you finish the rest of the dip.
Peel and cut your potatoes into 1-inch thick fries (you want them to be sturdy enough to dip).
Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment, and toss the potatoes in the 2 tablespoons of reserved bacon fat.
Place in a 450 °F oven for 10 minutes, then flip them over, and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, until golden and crispy.
Finish with a quick sprinkle of sea salt and set aside.
This dip can be made a day ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator, covered, until ready to serve.
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