Double Smoked Potatoes

We love this recipe any day, but it’s especially great for a party. Think Super Bowl, tailgating, or just because!

Ingredients

  • 4 large baking potatoes (12 to 14 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Set up your Big Green Egg for indirect cooking with the convEGGtor, add a few chunks of hardwood to generate smoke, and preheat to 400°F/204°C.
  • Scrub the potatoes well with a vegetable brush. Blot dry. Pierce the potatoes several times with a fork. Brush the outside of the potato with melted butter and season generously with salt and pepper.
  • Place the potatoes on the EGG grid. Smoke/roast until the potatoes are tender in the center (they’ll be easy to pierce with a bamboo skewer), 1 to 11⁄2 hours. In the meantime, fry and drain the bacon in a skillet on the stovetop. Set aside.
  • Transfer the potatoes to a cutting board. Slice each potato in half lengthwise. While the potatoes are still quite hot, scrape out most of the potato flesh, leaving a 1⁄4 inch thick shell. Coarsely mash the potato flesh (it should still be chunky) and place in a mixing bowl.
  • Gently stir in the bacon, 3 tablespoons butter, the scallions, and the cheese. Stir in the sour cream and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Stuff the potato mixture back into the potato skins, mounding it in the center. Top each potato with a thin slice of butter and a sprinkling of smoked paprika.
  • Just before serving, reheat the potatoes in a preheated 400°F/204°C EGG until browned and bubbling, 20 to 25 minutes, or as needed.
  • Makes 8 potato halves.

For the Stuffing Ingredients

  • 4 strips artisanal bacon, cut crosswise into ¼ inch slivers
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons finely chopped scallions
  • 2 cups coarsely grated cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Pimenton (smoked paprika) for sprinkling

Recipe and photo from Big Green Egg and one of Steven Raichlen’s Signature Recipes for the Big Green Egg.