Steakhouse Loaded Baked Potato with Beer Cheese is just like a classic fancy baked potato you would find in an expensive steakhouse. This potato is made extra special and delicious with a heaping amount of beer cheese on top!
There’s nothing in the human experience that’s not within my scope.
I absolutely love that quote.
Let me put things into context for you. I have this ridiculous addiction. An embarrassing guilty pleasure if you will.
We cancelled our cable several months ago and now have one of those antennas that looks like an iPad. (This event ended my access to DVR and therefore my love of General Hospital has been a hardship to overcome.) I was flipping through what limited channels we had one night and there it was. Buzzer. There is a channel called Buzzer that’s all old game shows mostly from the 1970’s, but some from the 60’s and 80’s. I can’t quite remember what exactly they were showing the first time I found it, but that was all she wrote. I went down the rabbit hole. Episode after episode of Password, Password Plus, The Match Game, Card Sharks, Press Your Luck – No Whammy! No Whammy!
So I was watching an episode of Password Plus, which was hosted by Allen Ludden. As a side note, did you know he was married to Betty White? She said her only regret was saying no to Allen’s marriage proposal for a year and that she missed out on spending that year with the love of her life.
Anyway, Tony Randall was one of the celebrities on Password Plus and Allen Ludden raised his eyebrows at Tony’s comments about American football. Tony responded with, “There’s nothing in the human experience that’s not within my scope.”
I just stopped. Shouldn’t that be the sentiment we all live by? To pay attention. Be happy and spend every minute possible with the people who matter most to you. Yet, look beyond just your world. Put the whole human experience in your scope. Appreciate the ordinary and the extraordinary.
You could also take an ordinary baked potato and make it an extraordinary special Steakhouse Loaded Baked Potato with Beer Cheese.
Life is a participation sport.
Steakhouse Loaded Baked Potato with Beer Cheese
- 2 large russet potatoes cleaned and dried
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2-3 tablespoons coarse salt like sea salt
- 1 cup cooked broccoli florets
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 4 ounces white sharp cheddar shredded
- 2-3 garlic cloves peeled
- a dash or two of Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup of beer
- Optional Garnishes
- Bacon bits
- Sour Cream
Preheat oven to 350
Coat the potatoes in olive oil and salt
Bake potatoes on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until done and soft in the middle when tested with a knive
In the bowl of a food processor combine cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and puree until combined
With the food processor running, slowly pour in beer until it reaches desired consistency
To serve, slice open the potatoes and gently push in each end to break up the potatoes a bit.
Add butter, if using, broccoli, beer cheese and top with optional garnishes
- As usual, I do not recommend an IPA or any beer with a big hop profile. I like malty beers in this, such as an amber or red ale.
- The beer cheese is not cooked or hot, so I heated some up in the microwave for about a minute before topping the potatoes with it.
- You will end up with more beer cheese than you need for 2 potatoes, but if you use it all I will not judge. You can easily double or triple the potatoes, broccoli, etc. to feed more people or save the remaining beer cheese for a snack with bread, pretzels, vegetables, etc. and it will be perfect for a party or game day.
- This beer cheese and a smoked gouda beer cheese (which would also be delicious on steakhoues loaded baked potatoes!) can be found here and here.