I love potatoes, in fact I am a firm believer that mashed potatoes are some of the best Thanksgiving food. What I am about to share with you is a variety of ways to eat a baked potato. As a potato lover, here are some that are remarkable and simple. You could bake a potato in the oven, and on occasion I do, but to be honest, most of the time I am too lazy so I throw it in the microwave for about 5 minutes, maybe more depending on the size and take it out and top it deliciously. For although a baked potato with butter, salt and pepper is yummy, there are many more options. Also if you are trying to eat on a budget, potatoes are fairly inexpensive and can stretch a meal.
One way we used to eat potatoes growing up was as pictured above. We would eat baked potatoes with steamed broccoli and cauliflower topped with a cheese sauce. The cheese sauce was a basic bechamel with cheese melted into the sauce, in this case I used cheddar. If you would like me to share some tips and tricks for how to fix a bechamel sauce, let me know it is something I am considering sharing. Making a bechamel is fairly easy, in fact growing up my dad would make it and although he has become quite the chef in recent years, back then it was this, chili, tacos, and his chili con queso dip.
On the contrary, growing up my mom would make potatoes like this. Yes there is indeed a potato underneath the mountain of toppings. On top of this baked potato is cottage cheese, then sautéed onions and garlic with summer squash and zucchini, topped with parmesan cheese and Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt, which I have previously written about here.
My final potato topping is fairly standard, a loaded potato. I love the contrast of crispy bacon, with creamy yet sharp cheddar cheese and lots of scallions.
I am hoping to in the future add to Spud Sunday, where I can share recipes, tips and other meal ideas involving one of my favorite ingredients the simple potato. Are you looking for any potato recipes that I can help with? What are some of your favorites?