Monday, November 17, 2014

Twice Baked Potatoes - 10 Ways To Stuff Them

By Lisa VanWilliams

Take your plain potato to a whole other level by adding a few simple ingredients. This is a great filling side dish that can accompany any meal whether its beef, chicken, seafood, soup or salad. The beauty about these is you can change your ingredients to whatever you have on stock or prefer. If you don't prefer white potatoes, go with a sweet potato instead.  A couple of options you could do:

  1. broccoli, cheddar, bacon, scallion, 
  2. chili, grated cheddar cheese, and chopped onion, sour cream
  3. peppers, mushrooms, and jalapeno cheddar
  4. ham and Swiss
  5. roasted veggies & Fontina or Gruyere cheese
  6. roasted garlic, parsley, basil, & oregano
  7. spinach, mushroom and feta
  8. chipotle black beans, corn, salsa, & Pepper jack
  9. carrots, parsnips, walnut & honey (sweet potato)
  10. balsamic caramelized mushrooms & onions with Gorgonzola chive sprinkle
The possibilities are endless and these are easy to reheat as leftovers.  This is what we used today (4 servings).

2 large Idaho potatoes
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup milk
1 cup Pepper Jack cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Wash the potatoes and pierce them with a knife or fork.  Bake them for at least an hour. Until you can stick a fork in them, pick up the potato and it will drop off quickly. Remove the potato and cool it for a few minutes. Split them in half and start removing the stuffing without breaking the skin. Use a knife to cut around the edges or a spoon to gently scoop out insides and put it in a bowl.  Once in the bowl, add butter, milk, salt & pepper and stir well. Put your mixture back in the potato boats and sprinkle with cheese. Put them back into the oven on broil until the tops turn a golden brown. Enjoy!

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