Lunch for One: The Baller Baked Potato
- Yogurt and sandwich crusts.
- Two bites of leftovers and a third cup of coffee.
- All of our kids' Halloween candy.
These are things adult scavengers, aka busy women, eat for lunch. But we deserve better.
Better does not equal dirty dishes, a lot of time, or a frozen meal that would make a hummingbird wonder if there's more. Better does equal a baked potato covered in bacon and roasted broccoli and All the Butter and Cheese.
One dirty plate, 10 minutes of hands-on time, one hour of yummy oven smells, and you get a lunch that will make you genuinely happy to be alive. It's deliciously genius and 100% lazy. So get a potato, and let's do this.
The Baller Baked Potato
- one Russet potato
- as much bacon as you're comfortable eating
- a handful or two of fresh or frozen broccoli florets
- grated cheese, butter, green onion, parsley, sour cream... whatever makes you and your potato best friends
HOW TO DO IT:
- A little over an hour before you want to eat lunch, preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Grab some foil and a sheet pan, and make two "pans" of foil to place on your regular sheet pan. One is for the potato, and the other is for the bacon and broccoli. Both are to keep you from washing dishes.
- Wash your potato and poke it a couple of times with a sharp knife or fork. Place the potato on one of the little foil tray pans, drizzle it with canola or vegetable oil, and use the foil to roll the potato back and forth to get coated in oil. Now generously season with salt and black pepper, and give it another ride in the foil. This is how you do things without getting dishes or hands dirty. DON'T WRAP THE POTATO IN FOIL. This won't bake it; it will steam it. No thanks, guys. Naked potatoes exposed to heat always.
- In the other foil pan, put as many bacon slices as you want, and make sure they're not touching.
- Put the potato and bacon in the oven, and set the timer for 10 minutes. Go do something fun. Once the timer goes off, check your bacon to see if it's done. Bacon is a personal choice; make it as limp or as crispy as you want. Once it's done, lift out the bacon "pan," drain the bacon on paper towels, and leave the potato inside the oven. Set the timer for 20 minutes to keep cooking the potato, and go do something else fun.
- When the timer goes off, put the broccoli on the bacon pan. Yep. You're gonna roast your broccoli in bacon fat. If that grosses you out or your bacon let off so much fat it could be on a reality show, pour some off. No one will think poorly of you for thinking of your arteries. But you need a little fat, so choose whatever you'd like. Throw the broccoli in the bacon foil pan, move it around in your chosen fat, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and put it in the oven next to the potato. Set the timer for 15 minutes. (Fresh broccoli might take 20.)
- When the timer goes off, you should have a perfectly cooked potato (if a knife goes in and out easily, you're all set) and perfectly roasted broccoli. Now split the potato, hit it with butter and cheese while it's hot, top it with the broccoli, crumble on the bacon, and do a happy dance.
This seems like a lot of words, but it's so easy. Roast a potato. Cook some bacon next to it. A little later, cook some broccoli next to it. Dump it all together on a plate. And do you see the beauty of foil pans? Zero dirty dishes. Just ball those puppies up, put away your clean sheet pan, and stick your plate in the dishwasher. Yes, please.
I legit let out a euphoric groan when I ate this the other day, and now potatoes are always in my shopping cart. Baller baked potato lunches for everybody!