Stuffed Potatoes

 My family asks for stuffed potatoes a lot.  We make them so much, the kids can basically make their own. I like it when they can do that.  Less work for me to do.  My eldest sons favorite is ham, cheese and broccoli.  We always have those ingredients and for us, that is the basic potato.  I'll add onion and garlic to mine of course but not the eldest son, he sticks to the basic. 
Above you'll see our pizza potato.  This time we made a vegetarian version, just because we didn't have any pepperoni or meat. We just scooped out the potato and added black beans, pizza sauce, onion and red pepper.  Then we shoved it back into the potato skin and topped it with more pizza sauce, some garlic powder and cheese.  This is ooey gooey GOOD!

Sometimes I will make a leftover stuffed potato.  That is - whatever-is-in-the-refrigerator-that-would-be-good-on-a-potato. Sometimes the ingredients can get interesting.  Above you'll see my most recent leftover stuffed potato.  This one has some leftover pork carnitas, a bacon ranch dipping sauce from Little Ceasars pizza place and the few squirts left in the BBQ sauce bottle.  It turned out really, really good. I just scooped out the potato and mixed in the rest until it looked good. 

 Baby always has his own potato. His way. (incidentally, Baby is 10 so he really isn't a baby).  He likes his potato with the potato scooped out and JUST ham and cheese layered in his potato skin.  He doesn't want the potato back in the skin, JUST the ham and cheese.  Whatever, as long as he eats it, I'm good. 
See, you can make a stuffed potato any way you want.  Check out my recipe for a Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Potato. 

Stuffed Potatoes

Wash potatoes.  Microwave or stick in the oven until soft.  Slice potatoes in half, the long way and wait until they are cool enough to handle. Or if you're impatient like me, just grab with a paper towel and scoop the inside potato flesh into a bowl.  Don't take too much out or they will fall apart on you.

Throw the potato skins into the oven at like 375 to crisp up just a bit. Just 6 - 8 minutes is fine.

Add whatever to the inside of the potato mixture. I usually add a bit of butter, salt and pepper right away and then whatever flavors you'd like.

Broccoli Ham & Cheese Potato

Cut broccoli and ham into small chunks and saute for about 5 minutes.  Add to potato mixture. Add some cheese and mix. Scoop into potato shell and top with more cheese.  Stick into the oven for about 5 - 7 minutes until melted. (feel free to add onion, garlic or whatever seasonings you'd like)

Pizza Potato

Saute onion and pepper for a few minutes to soften.  Put some pizza sauce, pepperoni (or beans for vegetarian) and onions and peppers into the potato and mix.  Scoop back into the potato shell, top with more pizza sauce and cheese.  Stick into the oven for about 5 - 7 minutes until hot and melted.  You can add mushrooms, sausage, ham or whatever you like on a pizza into the mix as well.  

Shredded BBQ Pork Potato

Heat leftover shredded pork, chicken or beef and mix with a bit of BBQ sauce.  Mix in with the potato and stir.  Scoop into the potato shell.  Stick into the oven for about 5 - 7 minutes until hot.  I also like to add a bit of ranch dressing to the BBQ sauce. It's your potato. Do whatever tastes good! 

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