Recipe from my friend, Sarah
4 large baking potatoes
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon minced onion, softened in water
6 cups milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Crumbled bacon, sliced scallions, sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese for garnish
Wash potatoes and prick with a fork. Bake at 400º for one hour or till soft. When cool enough to handle, cut in half and remove pulp.
Melt butter in large pan. Add flour and cook, stirring constantly, for one minute. Gradually add milk while stirring; cook over medium heat till thick and bubbly.
Add reserved pulp, salt and pepper, onions, and cheese. Heat thoroughly, adding extra milk to thin if necessary.
Ladle into bowls and garnish as desired.