"In-N-Out Animal Style Fries" inspired Baked Potato Halves
The addictive In-n-Out animal style fries made into a convenient and easy side dish, snack, appetizer or your next game day crowd-pleaser!! Baked potato halves are topped with melted cheese, drizzled with a version of In-N-Out sauce and then sprinkled with caramelized onions.
Servings: 12 pieces
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 onion, small, thinly sliced
- 6 russet potatoes, small
- 3 slices American cheese
Make caramelized onions:
Heat olive oil in a small non-stick skillet over low heat. Add sliced onions and cook (stirring occasionally), until browned and caramelized, about 25 minutes. Remove onions onto a paper towel lined plate to absorb excess oil.
Make baked potato halves:
Few minutes before serving:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (or 230 degrees C).
Slice potatoes is half and place on a baking sheet (skin side down). (Optional step - score the flesh slightly in a criss-cross pattern with the tip of a knife). Sprinkle some salt and pepper and then place about 1/2 slice cheese on top (tear to fit) of each potato . Place pan in the oven and bake until cheese melts, about 5 minutes. (refer notes for instructions on how to do it quickly in a microwave)
Remove from oven, drizzle some sauce on top and then top with a few caramelized onions. Serve hot.
To bake potatoes in a microwave: Wash, scrub potatoes and pierce all over with a fork. Place 1 -3 potatoes in a microwave safe plate and microwave on high power 5 minutes. Turn over and cook again for 5 minutes or until soft (larger potatoes might take an additional 1-2 minutes).
To finish in the microwave: Place potato halves in microwave safe plate, top with cheese and microwave on high for 40-60 seconds until cheese melts.
Sauce can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Caramelized onions can be ahead and and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Baked potato can be made several hours ahead and finished just before serving.