Stuffed Potatoes

Recipe Details:

I have been struggling with potatoes for years. I used to cook them in the microwave, but there were always hard sections in the potato and the skin was tough. I was lucky to be able to eat two thirds of the potato. But now I've found success with this recipe. Not only are the potatoes delicious, but they reheat and are wonderful the next day. Plus they are very versatile. You may top them with ground beef, vegetables, chili, or where ever your imagination takes you. Plus this is a great recipe for people that just learning how to cook. You may take them to a potluck, and just do the final broil there. Believe me, it's worth the hour in the oven.

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr, 30 min

ACTIVE: 20 min

INACTIVE: 70 min

SERVINGS: One half potato for each person

Equipment List

  • Sheet pan
  • Mixing bowl

Ingredients:

  • Several large russet potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Salt, pepper
  • Garlic powder (optional)
  • Chili powder (optional)

The stuffing may include:

Butter, sour cream, cheese -

all non-dairy of course.

Wash the Potatoes

Wash the potatoes with water and dry them. Poke them with a knife, 3 or 4 pokes on all sides.

potato clean

Oil the Potatoes

Cover the potatoes with oil. Your hands are the best tool for this.

potato oiled

Season

Prehead the oven to 425. Sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic powder, and chili powder generously. Clean the sheet pan.

Seasoning on a potato

Bake

Place the potatoes directly on the rack. Place the sheet pan on the rack under the potatoes. Bake the potatoes for 1 hour. They should feel soft when you squeeze them. Be sure to do this with an oven mit.

potatoes in oven

Cool & Scoop

Let the potatoes rest about 10 minutes. They are easier to work with when they are cooler. Cut them in half and use a spoon to scoop out the inside of the potatoes.

Potatoes scooped before baking

Stuffing

Mash the potato filling in a bowl. Add non-dairy butter, sour cream, cheese, salt and pepper. Put the filling back into the potatoes.

mashed potatoes and cheese in bowl

Broil

With the potatoes on the sheet pan, put them back into the oven on the broil setting. Watch for slight browning, then remove from the oven.

potato baked

Serve

The stuffed potatoes are a great side dish , or they can be the star at the potato bar.

Steak and Potato dinner