Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Simple Baked Potato Lunches

      Baked potatoes have become a frequent lunch option in our home. They are nutritious, budget-friendly and quite simple to prepare. The fun of baked potatoes is that they are a blank canvases that can be made to taste differently each time depending on the toppings. Varying the toppings keeps them from becoming boring. 

      Potatoes can be cooked in the slow-cooker, microwave and oven. I personally prefer using the oven. This method also has the added benefit of aiding in heating our downstairs in the colder months. In warmer months, I find it better to  use the slow-cooker to keep down energy costs. 

      The versatility and cost-effective nature of these meals also make them great for serving guests. Have some fun with the creation of a baked potato bar. You cook the potatoes and provide the basics of salt, pepper and butter. Ask your guests to bring their favorite toppings. It's a fun little way to mix and match the different topping offerings, and perhaps try something new! :)

Baked Potato (oven)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degree. 
2. Wash potatoes thoroughly.
3. Using a fork, poke holes all around the potato to allow steam to escape.
4. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
5. Wrap in aluminum foil.
6. Bake for about an hour or until soft. Note this time is for one to two potatoes. If you're cooking more, then you may have to increase your time.
7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool enough to handle.
8. Cut in half and add your desired toppings!

Toppings We've Enjoyed:
- salt, pepper, butter
- sour cream and chives
- cheddar cheese and bacon
- red onion, bell pepper, black olives (all finely diced) and monterrey jack cheese 
- shredded chicken, diced tomato, mozzarella cheese
- finely chopped broccoli and cheddar cheese
- chili and cheddar cheese
- eggs (as in an "Idaho Sunrise")

 What are some of your favorite toppings for a baked potato?

1 comment:

  1. AH! Now I'm totally craving a baked potato! Love this idea for lunches! Now if I could remember to preheat the oven and plan for that hour of cooking before I am starving!


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