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Left-Over Baked Potatoes

My Friend Debbie     I love to bake potatoes in the oven. We can get a large bag of baking potatoes inexpensively at the wholesale club we belong to. We wash and scrub them a bit, then drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with some sea salt and put them in the oven for a couple of hours. Potatoes are full of potassium and other nutrients and have no fat, that is, until you load them down with all the favorite toppings.

     While I have the oven on, I always try to bake a few extra at the same time. The second meal is usually as good as or better than the first. The first meal we spread the counter island in the kitchen with toppings like shredded cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, real butter, steamed broccoli and sometimes chili and chives.

     But the left over bake potatoes seem to have all kinds of possibilities. I like to make potato soup with cheese and bacon. I start with a little butter in the saucepan and add a little milk until its warm, then add a handful of cheese, and cubed up potatoes with the skin on. I thicken a little with a spoonful of flour if needed. From there I can add onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and of course some bacon bits or pieces and steamed broccoli if desired. My husband loves a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to give it a kick. The trick is to keep it on low and use a good quality cheese or else the cheese will separate and look more like curds and whey.

My Friend Debbie     The other thing my family likes is twice baked potatoes. I have the older children spoon out the center of the potatoes exposing just a thin layer of potato around the skin and put the contents in a bowl. We then warm the contents if they aren't already, and add sour cream, cheese, bacon bits, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and steamed broccoli if we have it, and mix with an electric hand mixer. We put the yummy filling back into the potato shells and sprinkle with cheese and parsley flakes and bake until warm all the way through, about 20 minutes, and a little crispy on the top.

     Another option is skillet potatoes. We cube them up and toss them in a skillet with a little olive oil and garlic powder until they are crispy. It's fast, easy and makes a great side dish.

Hope you enjoyed this household tip! Here's to left overs!! Enjoy!

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