Nueske’s Baked Potato
You’re in for a real treat with this guest post from the one and only Todd Sanders, aka @tsand. I first met Todd online about a year ago and we had an instant connection with our mutual interests in bacon, beer, stupid TV, and cooking for our kids. I then got to meet him in person in Austin last October and we had blast. This guy knows his bacon and most importantly loves his kids. I know you’ll enjoy this recipe, and I can’t wait to try it.
Todd, take it away!
Got a surprise delivery* from Nueske’s yesterday morning, four of the most lovely smoked turkey legs I’d ever seen. Spent the day thinking about eating them for dinner, then I get the late afternoon call from my wife, “I’m really in the mood for baked potatoes.” At first I bit my tongue, then I thought, hmmmmm, this could work…
- Potatoes (optional)
- Nueske’s smoked turkey leg
- Nueske’s applewood wood smoked bacon
- Veggies (optional)
- Dairy products (optional)
- Other stuff (optional)
Turn oven to highest baking temperature, serious. Do NOT poke, fork, wrap or otherwise mess with your potatoes, just knock the dirt off. When oven is done preheating add potatoes directly to the oven rack. Cook 45-60 minutes (depending on size), trust me.
Cook the bacon first, it makes the griddle happy. While the bacon is dancing… slice and dice the vegetables. Remove bacon from happy griddle, put some on the table and add some to your belly. Leave the hog honey on griddle and add veggies. Place sour cream, grated cheese, green onions, chives, butter and pepper grinder on table. Place cooked veggies in individual bowls and place on table.
Realize that you’ve never cooked/prepared a smoked turkey leg before, then start hacking at it with a knife and add to griddle. LOOK FOR BONES (especially the long thin ones, my bad). The skin is awesome and should make the trip to the griddle for crisping, too.
Remove potatoes from oven. Fork a potato down the middle then squeeze both ends until it bursts open. If you cut the potato open with a knife, repeat Step 1. Quickly deliver to the hungriest child and continue until everyone has been potatoed.
Add butter while piping hot and give the pepper grinder a spin or two. Add both bacon and smoked turkey leg meat, then decide which veggies you’ll add. Bonus points awarded for use of jalapenos and height of the final creation. Serious, kids love challenges. Also encourage your kids to eat the skin of the potato — not by telling them it has vitamins and minerals, instead go with its lesser-known “gives you the ability to fly” side effect.
Believe it or not, only ONE turkey leg provided enough topping for a family of five. That means I have THREE left for the ice shanty this Saturday. Thanks again @Nueskes!
*I did not pay for or ask for this awesome gift. I did not promise to blog about it, take photos of it, or tweet about it. However, I did blog about it, take photos of it and tweet about it because I LOVE tasty things, and Nueske’s has mastered making things tasty.
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