Loaded Baked Potato with Ham

Loaded Baked Potato

Paul is a rice man and I’m a potato girl.  He’ll eat potatoes and I’ll eat rice, but we do have our preferences.  Now, take a baked potato and load it up with all kinds of delicious goodness and I’m in potato heaven!  This particular recipe is only one of several favorites and I plan to make each one and share them all with you.  Potatoes are so versatile and since they don’t have a dominate flavor, you can doctor them up just about any way you want.

For my lunch, I was in the mood for sauteed onions and peppers, topped with ham and dressed with my Homemade Ranch Dressing.  And I’m here to tell you it was lip smacking good!

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Here’s how I make them.

Loaded Baked Potato with Ham

How to bake a potato

First bake some good size potatoes.  Mine will run around 10-12 ounces, but any size you like will work just fine.  For more details on baking potatoes, check out my post on How to bake potatoes!

Loaded Baked Potato

For making sauteed onions and peppers, I like to figure about 1/2 of a medium onion per baked potato.  So, just cut it in half and slice it up.

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With the natural layers of the onion, they’ll break apart into skinny pieces.  Throw them into a skillet with a little oil over medium low heat.  Add a little salt and pepper and saute’ the onions until they are soft and turning a golden color.  I prefer not to let them turn black, so if it looks like they’re cooking too fast, just drop the heat a few notches closer to low.  This will take 5-7 minutes or so.

Loaded Baked Potato

For bell peppers, I like to use about 1/4 of a pepper per baked potato.  It’s your loaded potato, so you can add as much or little as you wish!  Make it your own!  Saute’ another 3-4 minutes until they are of desired tenderness.

Loaded Baked Potato

For plating purposes, I’m showing half a potato here.  I like to break up the flesh of the potato with a fork and let some fall onto my plate.  This allows a little extra room for the Homemade Ranch Dressing and all the goodies.

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First start with about a Tablespoon or two of the Homemade Ranch Dressing so it can drip down inside.  Since the dressing and sauteed vegetables already have salt and pepper, I don’t add any to the potato directly.

Loaded Baked Potato

Then load up the sauteed onions and peppers.

Loaded Baked Potato

Topped with some diced ham.

Loaded Baked Potato

And if you’re like me, top it all with a bit more Homemade Ranch Dressing!  I’m here to tell you, this dressing is the best!

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I make my own Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Mix and use it to make not only the salad dressing, but also ranch dip for potato chips and for my Balsamic Vinaigrette.  Check out those posts!

Loaded Baked Potato

Here’s what mine looks like…

Loaded Baked Potato

But this is probably prettier…

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Loaded Baked Potato with Ham

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 1 loaded baked potato

Loaded Baked Potato with Ham

Potatoes are so versatile and since they don't have a dominate flavor, you can doctor them up just about any way you want. This potato is loaded with sauteed onions and peppers, topped with ham and dressed with my Homemade Ranch Dressing.

Ingredients

  • baked potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 medium onion per potato, sliced
  • salt and pepper to taste, sliced
  • 1/4 red or green bell pepper per potato
  • 1/3 cup diced ham per potato
  • Homemade Ranch Dressing (see note)

Instructions

  1. Bake your potatoes until a fork can pierce the skin and insert into the potato easily.
  2. Slice onions and bell peppers. I like to figure about 1/2 of a medium onion and 1/4 of a bell pepper per baking potato.
  3. With the natural layers of the onion, they'll break apart into skinny pieces. Throw them into a skillet with some vegetable oil over medium low heat. Add a little salt and pepper and saute' the onions until they are soft and turning a golden color.
  4. Add sliced bell pepper to the onions and saute' another 3-4 minutes until they are of desired tenderness.
  5. Cut the potato in half lengthwise and break up the flesh with a fork and let some fall onto the plate. to make a little extra room for the Homemade Ranch Dressing and all the goodies.
  6. Drizzle about a Tablespoon or two of the Homemade Ranch Dressing over the potato flesh so it can drip down inside. (Since the dressing and sauteed vegetables already have salt and pepper, I don't add any to the potato directly)
  7. Then load up the sauteed onions and peppers followed by the diced ham. Drizzle more Homemade Ranch Dressing over top if desired.

Notes

For my Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix, visit: sweetteawithlemon.com/buttermilk-ranch-dressing-mix

For my post on How to bake a potato, visit: sweetteawithlemon.com/how-to-bake-a-potato

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