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Potatoes - Stuffed & Smashed

Originally posted: 10/01/2003
Last updated: 06/19/2014

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A franchised barbecue restaurant named RibCrib out of Oklahoma has a menu item called "SuperSpud"—the biggest baked potato you've ever seen, hollowed out and stuffed with a mixture of potato, butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon, and brisket.

When I saw the SuperSpud, it reminded me of another baked potato/brisket combination I'd seen on Food Network. They ran a show featuring Thelma's Barbecue in Houston, Texas, in which Thelma served up a big smashed potato with cheese, sour cream, and brisket, all drizzled with barbecue sauce.

Both of these potatoes might be described as a "heart attack on a plate", but they are delicious and a great use for leftover brisket.

As always...click on any of the pictures to view a larger image.


Brisket-Stuffed, Twice-Baked Potato

Jumbo baking potato covered with butter and rub
Photo 1
Baked potato with top and insides removed
Photo 2
Stuffed potato before baking again
Photo 3
Twice-baked potato topped with butter, cheese, and more brisket
Photo 4
 

Buy the largest jumbo baking potatoes you can find. Wash and dry thoroughly.

If you intend to eat the potato skin, enhance the flavor by rubbing butter over the skin and sprinkling generously with your favorite barbecue rub (Photo 1).

Bake the potatoes until tender. Potatoes of this size may take up to 90 minutes at 400°F.

Using a sharp knife, make a shallow vertical cut through the skin in an oval shape. Peel off the top and reserve as a potato skin snack. Scoop out the insides and place in a mixing bowl, but leave enough insides so that the potato retains its shape (Photo 2).

Mix the hot potato insides with softened butter, sour cream, crispy bacon bits, and warm chopped brisket. After incorporating these ingredients, add some shredded medium cheddar cheese and mix again.

Spoon the thick, chunky potato mixture back into the skin, piling it high (Photo 3).

Bake uncovered at 350°F for 30 minutes until the inside is piping hot. Top with a few dabs of butter, a little more cheese, and more chopped brisket (Photo 4). Serve with your favorite barbecue sauce on the side.

Smashed Potato With Brisket

Smashed potato with cheese, sour cream, brisket, and barbecue sauce
Photo 5
       

This is a no-nonsense potato, quick and easy. I've served it up here just like Thelma did on television, in a Styrofoam clamshell box, but you can use a dinner plate.

Cut open a baked potato lengthwise and push the two halves wide open. Use a fork to smash the potato, spreading it out inside the box.

Spread a big handful of shredded medium cheddar cheese over the hot potato. Plop a few Tablespoons of sour cream here and there. Spread two big handfuls of warm chopped brisket over the potato, and top with a drizzling of your favorite barbecue sauce.

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