Saturday, December 12, 2009

Day 12, Loaded Potato

It's the weekend again, so I didn't want to work too hard at dinner. I love microwaving. I find it simpler to microwave a potato than to bake it in the oven.

Loaded Potato

1 medium potato per person
1/2 cup broccoli per potato
2 tbsp bacon pieces per potato
2 tbsp finely shredded cheese per potato

Chop up bacon and cook in frying pan until crispy, approx 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Wash potatoes, poke holes in skin with fork several times, and cook according to your microwave directions, approx. 5 minutes for one potato and up to 10 minutes for more. Steam broccoli until tender, 5 minutes for frozen and 8-10 for fresh. Place potato on plate and cut in half. Add cheese, bacon, and broccoli on top of potato. Serve while still hot.

Other toppings may be sour cream, cauliflower, leftover taco meat, cooked chicken cut into bite sized pieces or shredded. You can omit all meat ingredients and make it vegetarian. I just happen to love broccoli so that's what I topped it with. Freshly cooked bacon makes a difference in taste, but pre-made bacon pieces may be used or microwavable bacon strips can be cooked and crumbled.

Flavor Rating: Great, use Red or Yukon potatoes for more flavor.

Ease of Preparation: Easy, don't forget to poke the potato skins or it will explode in the microwave, use pre-made bacon pieces for easier preparation.

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