Jacket Potato with Bacon, Mushroom, and Peppercorn Sauce

It’s not hard to see why this appetizer is part of TV chef Paula Deen’s favorite Valentine’s Day menu.

[ingredients-list title=”Ingredients” serving_size=””]

  • 12 ounces bacon, chopped
  • 4 medium-sized russet or other baking potatoes, well scrubbed
  • 8 ounces sliced button mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon green peppercorns, drenched in cold water


  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1 cup cream
  • salt and pepper
  • butter, for topping


[step-list-wrapper title=”How to make it” time=”1 hour, 5 minutes”]
[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Prick potatoes with a fork and bake until soft, about 1 hour. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Sauté bacon, add button mushrooms and cook until golden brown. Pour brandy first into a measuring cup (for safety) and then into the pan and carefully ignite with a long match. After the alcohol burns off and the flame has died, stir in the peppercorns. Stir in the cream and heat through, without boiling. Salt and pepper to taste.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Cut open baked potatoes. Top each with a spoonful of butter, then cover generously with sauce. [/step-item]


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