Thursday, February 5, 2015

Potatoes of Love

Photo via What's Cooking America
If you're participating in Valerie's Valentine's Day program, one of the items is some potatoes to bake. The easiest way to do that is with the microwave. Poke fork holes in them, coat them in a thin layer of peanut oil, sprinkle some garlic powder on, nuke for 10 minutes (a little more if they're big).

Of course, that is the simplest option. There are ways to dress it up. You can feel free to use the old standby, loaded potatoes. That means after you bake them, add butter, sour cream, chili, cheese, chives, and onion (or any subset thereof) on top.  You can also make them into potato salad with pretty much the same effect.

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Do you have some mushrooms left over? If so, make a simple ragĂș. This goes great on baked potatoes, along with a little butter.

Twice baked potatoes are also very easy. Bake is you normally would, halve, and scoop the flesh out leaving the skins intact.  Mix the flesh with some butter, salt, and pepper.  Add shredded cheese of your choice, using about 1 part cheese to 3 parts potato.  Spoon the mixture back in the skins, compacting it down, and sprinkle a little more cheese over the top.  Place under a low broiler until slightly browned on top, about 10 minutes.
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Happy Valentine's Day!

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