I love a good baked potato. When they’re soft and hot enough to make butter melt, I think they’re delicious with a little sour cream and some shredded cheese. They’re a perfect side dish with a steak or good on their own with chili or other toppings. It’s always fun to try baking them a new way. Here are my four favorite potato recipes …
Sliced Baked Potato. I’ve been serving these a lot lately. This variation of baked potato is sliced vertically before baking which makes the top back to a crunchy, thick potato chip consistency while the center become a soft baked potato … the best of both worlds. To avoid slicing the potato all the way through, I lay it between two wooden spoons. I place them on a baking sheet lined with foil and drizzle the top with olive oil and melted butter. Then I sprinkle a bit of sea salt and some fresh ground pepper. Bake at 425 for 50 minutes. Add a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese. Yummy!
Twice-Baked Potatoes. A twice-baked potato is a delicious dish that is basically mashed potatoes inside a baked potato skin and topped with cheese and other toppings. Bake a whole potato. When just cool enough to handle, scoop out the inside and mix it with butter, sour cream and other toppings like bacon bits, green onion, cheddar cheese, and salt and pepper. Put the mixture back in the potato shell and bake until all is hot and cheese is melted.
Whipped Potatoes. These are, basically, mashed potatoes that are whipped to a smooth consistency. Peel and quarter potatoes and boil until tender. Heat milk and butter together; pour over hot potatoes. Beat potatoes in saucepan over low heat with electric hand-held mixer on low speed until broken up. Add hot milk and butter; beat on high speed until fluffy, scraping sides and bottom of pan occasionally.
Scalloped Potatoes. My grandmother used to bake the best scalloped potatoes. She would spend what seemed like hours preparing the dish. Thinly sliced potatoes layered with milk, sprinkled with flour, dotted with butter and sometimes cheese on top were baked until a hot buttery treat with a crunchy top resulted. She knew it was done when it spilled over the top of her favorite baking dish and burned to the bottom of the oven.
Let’s hear it for potatoes! What’s your favorite way to serve them?
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