Lazy Baked Potato Poutine

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12-15 minutes
  • Total Time: 42 minute
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American


This is a quick and very satisfying side dish. If you have leftover baked potatoes, skip the second step of the instructions.


  • 2 baking potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • cup cheese curds, ¼-inch pieces of mozzarella, or ¼-inch pieces of Queso fresco (the melting kind, not the crumbling kind)
  • cup of beef gravy (from a jar or homemade)


  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Prick the potato all over with a fork and place them on a plate in the microwave. Cook for 5 minutes. If a fork goes into the potatoes easily, they’re done. If not, another minute or two should do (if you’re doubling or tripling this recipe, it will take longer, about 7-8 minutes for 4 and 9-12 minutes for 6).
  3. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise. Brush the potato halves all over with the oil.
  4. Put the potato halves skin-side-up on the baking sheet. Put them under the broiler (about 8 inches from the heat source) and broil for 3-5 minutes, until starting to crisp. Flip them over and crisp up the flesh side for 3-5 minutes as well.
  5. Meanwhile, put the gravy in a microwave-safe bowl and warm for 30 seconds at a time, stirring between each heating cycle, until very, very hot (it’s the hot gravy that will melt the cheese!).
  6. Transfer the potato halves, flesh side up, to a plate.
  7. Top each half with 1/4 of the cheese and then with 1/4 of the gravy.