ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Roasted Potato Armadillos Recipe with Feta and Pesto

Updated on June 2, 2008
roasted potato armadillos with feta and pesto
roasted potato armadillos with feta and pesto

Several days ago we were trying to think up a new and creative way to serve potatoes as a side dish to dinner, and I vaguely remembered potatoes cut to look like little armadillos that my mother had baked when I was little. I didn't remember what she had stuffed and seasoned them with, but that wasn't a problem; we could get creative.

These cute little potato armadillos are stuffed with feta and basil pesto and topped with parmesan cheese. Creamy and flavorful, they make an excellent side dish to any meal that you would normally serve with a baked or mashed potato. Kids will also be amused with their animal-like shape. Enjoy!

This armadillo potato recipe is vegetarian.

Roasted Potato Armadillos with Feta and Pesto

This recipe is adaptable to make as many as you need.

Ingredients:

  • as many potatoes as there are people eating *
  • basil pesto to coat
  • feta cheese to fill
  • aluminum foil
  • a block of fresh parmesan cheese (enough to cover)

* I used russets, but this recipe would taste good with any sort of potato. Make sure they are medium-sized potatoes.

Preparation Instructions:

1. Scrub the potatoes until all dirt is removed, but leave them in their skins.

2. Adjust the rack in your oven to the middle position then preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius).

3. As in the picture above, make slices along the length of the potatoes as if you were cutting them into rounds 1/4 inch thick. However, do NOT slice all the way through. Leave at least a half an inch at the bottom to hold the rounds together.

4. Once the potatoes are sliced, they are ready to be stuffed. In each slice, spread a coat of pesto. Next, stuff each opening with feta cheese.

5. Once the potatoes are stuffed, lay them on a square of tin foil and pull the foil up around the sides and crimp together at the top, so that none of the juices will drip in the oven.

6. Once the oven is preheated, place the foil-wrapped potatoes on the middle rack, being sure to keep the top (crimped) side up. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour (times may vary depending on your oven and the size of your potatoes, but 45 minutes should be sufficient in most cases). Check one potato to be sure that they are cooked through to the center. Unwrap all of the potatoes, then grate the fresh parmesan liberally over their tops. Enjoy!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      CINDY LEE CARLHEIM MULLER 

      8 years ago

      WOW, these potatoes are great everyone gathers to see what they are and when they taste them YUMMMMMMMMMMM is the only sound you hear.

      I slice off the bottom of the potato first so it can stand up then slice not all the way through the top. BAKE until done then I mix bread crumbs, butter, paprika, hot sauce and shredded cheese in a bowl and place that on top and in the cracks of the already baked potato, that I put under the broiler until the cheese melts and it looks good.

    • amulets profile image

      amulets 

      10 years ago from Singapore

      Wow! It looks so delicious and making my mouth watering. Really must try it and hopefully it turns out to be the same.

    • Melissa Ray Davis profile imageAUTHOR

      Melissa Ray Davis 

      10 years ago from Swannanoa, NC

      Die'Dre' ~ I've not tried, but I bet they'd do just fine on a hot closed grill wrapped in aluminum foil. You'd have to check them now and then to make sure they don't get over-done.

    • Die'Dre' profile image

      Die'Dre' 

      10 years ago from The Great Pacific Northwest

      Perfect, I'm looking for something special. I'm having a 4th of July party (my birthday). Could I prepare these potatoes on the BBQ grill. Have you every tried?

    • First Eagle profile image

      First Eagle 

      10 years ago

      Thanks.

      Great ideas.

      First Eagle, Thor Einar

    • profile image

      Lisa 

      10 years ago

      Oh yum! And I don't even like potatoes!

    • Bigtoad profile image

      Bigtoad 

      10 years ago

      Sounds great can't wait to try them

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)