Family favorites of ranch and cheese combined with fun toppings make a great baked potato bar.
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4 large baking potatoes
14 (3/4-ounce) slices Land O Lakes® Deli American
2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter softened
1 tablespoon dry ranch dressing mix
2 to 4 tablespoons milk
Crisply cooked crumbled bacon, if desired
Chopped cooked broccoli, if desired
Sautéed peppers and onions, if desired
Chopped cooked ham, if desired
Salsa, if desired
Pre-cooked sausage crumbles, if desired
Wash potatoes; prick each potato 2 to 3 times with fork. Place in microwave on paper towel; microwave 7 minutes. Turn potatoes over; continue microwaving 6-10 minutes or until fork tender. Remove from microwave; let stand 5-10 minutes or until cool.
Cut 6 slices cheese into quarters; set aside.
Cut each potato in half lengthwise. Scoop out potato, leaving thin shell. Place potato into bowl; add cheese quarters, butter, ranch dressing mix and enough milk for desired consistency; mix well. Line each potato shell with 1 slice cheese. Fill potato shells evenly with potato mixture; top with desired toppings. Place onto plate. Microwave potatoes 1-2 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted. Serve immediately.
For softer potatoes, add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
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