A versatile meal that makes use of leftovers: what's not to love? Along with russets, try yukon gold, purple, blue or other heirloom potatoes. Baking is best, but if you are pressed for time, the microwave cooks a baker through in just 6 minutes, barely enough time to assemble the toppings! These ideas for broccoli-cheese, bacon-sour cream and chili-onion are just starting places. Go with your gut and scour your fridge for tasty bits. You cannot go wrong.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 40minutes
Total Time 45minutes
Author Lynne Curry
vegetable oil, for baking
1cupbroccoli florets, steamedsave stems for stir fry
1cupgrated cheddar cheese
Bacon-sour cream topping:
4stripsbacon, chopped and cooked until crisp
1tablespoonchopped fresh parsley
1 1/2cupschilihomemade or canned
To bake the potatoes, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Stab the well-scrubbed potatoes with a fork in several places, then rub with oil. For a tender skin, wrap the potatoes in foil, or for a drier skin, skip this step.
Bake for 30 minutes, then turn and bake until fork tender, about 20 minutes more. When cool enough to handle, split the potatoes in half, arrange them on a platter cut side up and add a pat of butter to melt into the flesh.
Top the potatoes with the broccoli-cheese, bacon-sour cream and chili-onion as desired. Or, you can put out all the toppings and let everyone make their own.
To save time, you can boil, steam or microwave the potatoes instead of baking them, which can take nearly an hour.To boil: Cut the potatoes in half and cover them with cool water. Bring the water to a boil, cover and adjust heat to simmer potatoes steadily until you can pierce the easily with a fork, about 25 minutes.To steam: Add about 2 inches of water to a large pot with a steamer insert and cover. Add the potatoes and bring the water to a boil. Reduce heat to steam potatoes until you can pierce them easily with a fork--but be sure to hold your face away when you lift the lid to check them--about 30 minutes.To microwave: Do you really need instructions? I didn't think so.