Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F/Gas 6). Prick the potatoes all over with a fork, then transfer to the oven and bake for 45 minutes, or until tender. Set aside and lower the oven temperature to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4).
Meanwhile, heat a frying pan and dry-fry the lardons for 2-3 minutes, or until golden. Then add the shallots, stir, and fry for a further 1-2 minutes.
Slice off the top third of each potato, horizontally. Use a spoon to scoop out the flesh into a large bowl. Reserve the hollowed-out skins and place into a lightly greased baking dish.
Mash the potato. Add the milk and butter and beat until smooth. Stir in the grated cheese, lardons, and shallots. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Spoon the mixture back into the potato skins and bake for 20–25 minutes, or until the filling is heated through and golden on top. Serve hot with the chopped parsley sprinkled on top.
- 4 small baking potatoes, scrubbed
- 200g bacon lardons
- 2 shallots , finely chopped
- 25g butter, extra for greasing
- 100ml milk
- 75g cheddar cheese, grated
- 2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley , chopped
- 1 pinch salt
- 1 pinch black pepper, freshly ground
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