Cowboy Spuds Recipe- Mealtime Monday

Published by Recently Empty Nested


Potatoes are a major crop in my husbands home state of Idaho, and potato harvest is a big deal. As traditional as the harvest are Cowboy Spuds! Baked potatoes, rich hamburger gravy, real butter, sour cream and a variety of delicious toppings.

Cowboy Spuds were a welcome reward after a long day gleaning the fields.

I learned to make Cowboy Spuds from my mother-in-law years ago while experiencing my first “Spud harvest”, as it is affectionately known by the locals. She started by washing the fresh dirt off of the potatoes we had gleaned earlier in the day, piercing them with a fork, rubbing the skins in bacon grease (people used to keep a crock of it on the stove for cooking, no lie) wrapping them in foil and baking them in the oven. Then she made hamburger gravy, another first for me. So yummy. When the men and children returned from school and work we all sat down to the table, discussed our day and enjoyed dinner together, grateful that the Lord provides.

This recipe is a tried and true family favorite, even requested for birthday dinners by some of our children. Nothing says cold weather or comfort like a good’ol Cowboy Spud!

Cowboy Spud Recipe


  • 4 baked potatoes
  • Real butter
  • Frozen peas
  • **Hamburger gravy
  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • green onions, chopped

Additions you might like:

  • Cooked, crumbled bacon
  • Grilled mushrooms
  • Broccoli

**Hamburger Gravy Recipe


  • 1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
  • 1 teaspoon beef base
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • salt and pepper


  1. Mix milk and flour until there are no lumps
  2. In the pan you cooked the beef in, add beef and beef base over med heat.
  3. Stir until beef base is dissolved and cooked into meat evenly.
  4. Stir milk mixture unto meat and cook over medium high heat until boiling. Stir and boil 2 minutes until thickened.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.

To Assemble:

Slice open hot potato, and add ingredients to potato in order above.