I love loaded potatoes in restaurants, so have modified them to make at home. Use the microwave for the potatoes to save you about 10 minutes. I also use thin-skinned red potatoes instead of russets to eliminate peeling time.
Loaded Breakfast Potatoes
1 1/2 lbs. red potatoes, cubed
1/4 lb. bacon strips, chopped
1/4 C cubed fully cooked ham
1/4 C chopped green bell pepper
**I also add about 1/8 C chopped onion---optional)
1 C (4 oz.) shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Sour cream (optional)
2 green onion, chopped (optional)
Place potatoes in a microwave-safe dish and cover with water. cover and microwave on high for 4-5 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, cook bacon over medium heat in a large skillet until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon. Drain potatoes; saute in bacon drippings until lightly browned. Add the ham, cheese, salt, pepper and bacon. Cook and stir over medium, heat until cheese is melted.
Serve with sour cream and a sprinkling of green onion if desired.