Baked potatoes with bacon and cheese

A good cheesy baked potato is a classic that everyone loves. Simply serve with a throw-together green salad prepared while they are in the oven. Delicious! Photograph by Stephen Goodenough.

  • 1 hr 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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  • 6 large_piece agria potatoes, scrubbed
  • 100 gram streaky bacon, chopped (i used manuka-smoked bacon)
  • 1 leek, trimmed and sliced
  • 2 clove garlic, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon grainy mustard
  • 3 cup grated cheese (i used vintage tasty)
  • 100 gram butter
  • 1 egg
  • green salad, to serve


  • 1
    Preheat the oven to 180°C. Bake potatoes for 40-60 minutes or until cooked. Leave the oven on.
  • 2
    Slice potatoes in half lengthways. Scoop out flesh and place potato shells on a baking paper-lined tray. Place flesh in a bowl.
  • 3
    Sauté bacon, leek and garlic until soft and golden and add to potato flesh.
  • 4
    Add mustard, 2 cups of the cheese, butter and egg to the bowl and mash.
  • 5
    Fill potato skins with the mash and top with remaining cheese. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until bubbling and golden.
  • 6
    Serve immediately with a salad.