Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Hot Stuffed Baked Potatoes

What could be simpler than baking a potato and topping it with left over spaghetti sauce, sauteed veggies and cheese. Sometimes there is just not quite enough sauce left over from spaghetti or chili, but this recipe helps to stretch it out into another meal.

Method: (bake one potato per person)
Wash potatoes. Using a fork, poke potatoes several times and wrap in foil. Bake at 375ยบ for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until fork tender.
When done, remove foil, spit in half, and place on a baking sheet.
Top with a tbsp of butter and/or sour cream. (optional)
Top with one of the following suggested toppings, cover with grated cheese and broil until cheese is bubbly (about 3 minutes) and serve with a salad.

Sauce and topping suggestions:
1) If using left over spaghetti sauce or chili; reheat in sauce pan, and pile onto baked and split potatoes. Top with grated cheese of your choice and broil for about 3 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and starting to brown....watch it!
2)Vegetarian. Saute cut up peppers, onions and mushrooms, add a jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce and follow steps above.
3) Steamed broccoli and cheese sauce. Do not broil this one, just pour hot cheese sauce (or even melted cheese whiz) over broccoli.

Quick & Basic spaghetti sauce for 4 potatoes:
-1 lb hamburger
-1/2 cup minced onion
-1 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp pepper
-1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp Italian spice
-1 jar (approx 750ml)purchased spaghetti sauce, (I like Classico, or Mr Newman's)

Fry hamburger with onion, salt and pepper. Add your favorite sauce and spices.

Remember, it doesn't have to be difficult or fancy to taste delicious. Be creative with you toppings...you'll be surprised at what you can create from your leftovers. Enjoy!


13 comments:

  1. what a great idea! thanks for all the tasty dishes you share

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  2. Yummm! When I was a kid you had to tie me down to eat a potato and now it is a favorite. Always looking for new ideas. Thanks

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  3. Great ideas for baked potato toppings!

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  4. What a great idea! I can't say I have ever tried topping baked potataoes like this...but I will.

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  5. I've done this with leftover chili. If Wendy's can do it, we can right?

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  6. This is another easy dinner idea...and sometimes all we need is an idea. . your potato looks fantasticly gooey and cheesy . . yum. This would be an awesome camping idea. .I think I'll put it on the menu this week.

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  7. This one is great for the family! I am making it tonight!

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  8. Whoa! That is one well stuffed potato. Look delicious!!

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  9. Great idea! I do something similiar with potato wedges so they don't need to bake quite as long.

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  10. That sounds so good! I love your new look...miss the rolls you had at the top when I first started visiting! They always inspired me to bake! ♥

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  11. My children would love this. Love the sauce. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Wow, I never would have thought of spaghetti sauce! This looks delish! I love the new look on the blog!!!

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  13. hi all! my first time on your blog - love it here, wonderful recipes, will be back :)

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