I was going to make twice baked potatoes which are one of my fave side dishes, but honestly I didn't feel like going through all of the work. So I decided to take some shortcuts and make loaded criss-cross potatoes instead. Loaded criss-cross potatoes are kind of like a mix between potato skins and twice baked potatoes. Just add a spoonful or sour cream and some salt and enjoy!
Loaded Criss-Cross Potatoes
3 medium to large Idaho potatoes
4 pieces cooked, crumbled bacon
1/2 cup sliced green onion
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 Tbsp. butter
Rinse, then cut potatoes lengthwise
Taking a sharp knife cut diagonally making about 4 lines across the potato, then turn the potato cutting diagonally the other direction to create a criss-cross pattern. (You shouldn't be cutting all the way through, only about less than half way through the potato half).
Melt butter and brush on top of the potatoes
Add desired seasonings (salt, pepper, paprika, etc.)
Preheat oven to 400F
Bake potato halves for about 35-40 minutes or until brown and cooked thoroughly
Remove from oven and top with cheese, bacon, and green onion
Place bake in oven for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted