Having people over to watch the big game this Sunday? If complicated and expensive aren’t in your vocabulary, I'm definitely your girl. Let me tell you, I’m all about simple and cheap. And delicious. Food must be delicious!

We have some pretty awesome friends who love to share their recipe secrets with us, which means we get to share them with you. It's the delicious gift that keeps on giving! One of our friends told us about her baked and then fried loaded potatoes and we've been hooked ever since. Okay, I was hooked. Jay couldn't have them because he's allergic to dairy, but we've recently discovered dairy-free cheese. It's made from brown rice and tapioca starch and a bunch of other stuff like safflower oil, coconut oil, sea salt and more. I think it smells and tastes like melted plastic, but Jay doesn't know what real cheese tastes like and he thinks it's pretty amazing that he can have foods he never got to have before. Like lasagna, eggplant parm, and...baked and of course, baked and fried loaded potatoes!

Ever since we got an air fryer, we've avoided deep frying food. My husband and I did try to make this in our air fryer and the potatoes weren't delicious. There are just some things that need to be fried in good old-fashioned oil.

Baked and Fried Loaded Potatoes

Bacon, cooked and crumbled
Green onions, chopped
Cheddar cheese, shredded
Sour cream (optional)

Wrap each potato in aluminum foil and bake for an hour at 350 degrees. After done baking, let the potatoes cool and then cut them in half and very carefully scoop out the insides. Set the insides aside in a medium-size bowl. Put the hollowed out potatoes in a deep fryer which has been set at 350 degrees for 2 minutes or until they're nice and crispy. While the potatoes are frying, mix together the cheese, green onions and bacon with scooped out insides that you set aside. After the potatoes have deep fried, let them cool and then scoop the bowl mixture into skins. Serve with sour cream.