Today’s post isn’t really much of a “recipe,” but more of a tip! We’re talking about transforming leftover baked potatoes into a delicious side dish for your next meal – and it’s far easier than you might think.
Baked potatoes are one of those simple and delicious foods that practically everyone loves. They’re great with steak, chicken, barbecue, soups, chili, etc. – the possibilities are endless! While they’re wonderful, I tend to have two problems with them. First off, they take about an hour or so to cook and I don’t always have that kind of time during the week when we’re busy. Secondly, I always seem to have extras left in the fridge that just sit there for several days until I throw them out. I feel like it’s such a waste, but other than re-heating them I never know what to do with them.
Last night we had baked potatoes with supper, and I had two left… What to do, what to do? An idea hit me, so I cut them into chunks and threw them in the fridge for the night. Today when it came time to fix lunch I simply threw them into a pan over med-high heat with a little butter, garlic powder and dried chives – and sautéed them for about 5-7 minutes until they were warmed through and had a little brown on them. We topped them with cheese and sour cream, and they were the perfect addition to our BBQ slider lunch. Seriously, they were delicious and oh-so-easy!
Next time you’re baking potatoes, throw a few extra in the oven and plan to make these Next Day Potatoes for your next meal! You will be surprised with just how simple they are. Oh, and don’t feel like you are limited to cheese and chives – throwing some onions or peppers in with them would be a wonderful idea. Maybe some jalepenos and pepper jack cheese if you like them hot, or some oregano, rosemary and parmesan if you’d like them to be italian. The possibilities are endless!
Not sure how to make the perfect baked potato? It could not be easier:
- Pre-heat your oven to 425°F.
- Wash you potatoes and pat dry. (Russets are the best for baking)
- Poke each potato 7-10 times with a fork.
- Place the potatoes on a foil-lined pan and drizzle with olive oil.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper very generously over the potatoes.
- Using your hands, smear the oil/salt/pepper mixture all over each potato.
- Bake at 425°F for 30 minutes, flip them over, and continue to bake for an additional 25-35 minutes – until done. (They should feel slightly soft when squeezed with a paper towel and a fork should penetrate it with ease. This will depend on the size of your potato, but start checking them after about 45 minutes of cooking.)