Thursday, January 28, 2010

Cheddar Stuffed Potatoes

Baked or mashed potatoes? Why not both in one!

3 large baking potatoes
1/4 cup butter
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
green onions or chives for garnish, chopped

* you can also top with bacon pieces or add some cayenne to spice things up

Preheat oven to 400. Prick the potatoes with a fork. Bake until tender, 45min. to 1hr. Let stand until they are cool enough to handle. In a skillet, over med. heat, melt butter. Add onion, salt, oregano and pepper (cayenne could be added here as well). Cook for 10 min. Cut potatoes in half length wise. Scoop potato out of 4 skins leaving 1/4" shell; reserve shells and potato. Scoop potato from remaining skins, saving the potatoes but not the skins this time. Mash reserved potatoes with milk and 1/2 cup of cheese and add to onion mixture. Position oven rack to the top or 3" from the broiler. Heat the broiler. Transfer mixture into a gallon size plastic storage bag and cut one corner. Pipe mixture into shells and top with remaining cheese. Broil until cheese melts, 3-4 min. Sprinkle with onions/chives.