ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

5 Best Potato Recipes. Ever.

Updated on July 8, 2014
Source

Sometimes it feels like food's getting fancier and more expensive whether you're browsing recipes for a dinner at home or perusing a restaurant menu for a dinner on the town.

Walking through the supermarket, there are 10 types of cheddar cheese from good-ol' Maine and Vermont, not to mention French-models with hard-to-pronounce names like Gruyere, Camembert and Brie. Where there used to be a couple different types of sausage (Polish or links) there are dozens made from beef, pork, chicken or tofu plus what seems like a million different flavors - jalapeno cheddar, apple-smoked bacon, herbs and garlic and the omnipresent Gruyere.

Fancy varieties don't come cheap. You'll spend nearly twice as much for your fancy cheeses and exotic vegetables as you would for the run-of-the-mill versions.

But don't despair, Baked Potatoes are a great way to enjoy a frugal lifestyle and the finer things in life.

The Awesome Baked Potato

Baked Potatoes are great, because they're an inexpensive carbohydrate whose flavors complement nearly anything. They work great with traditional flavors like bacon, chives and sour cream, and equally well with fancy-schmany substitutes. Bring on the onions caramelized in the fat of nitrate-free applewood-smoked uncured bacon, topped with crispy bacon bits and fried bits of shredded potato.

If your heart just gave a hiccup, you could settle for Swiss chard sauteed in butter, topped with apple curls and a sprinkle of fair trade cinnamon.

Here are just a few reasons why potatoes are a go-to-food:

  • Affordability: Potatoes are inexpensive. Plain brown Idaho potatoes are the least expensive of all, but even if you're springing for purple potatoes, you won't break the bank.

  • Customization: Trying to feed your kids, your spouse or your friends your fancy new meal concoction is more trouble than it's worth. Individual potatoes allow everyone to fix their own meal their own way.

Bread dipped in creamy cheese.  A moment on the lips. Forever on the hips. A big dent in the budget.
Bread dipped in creamy cheese. A moment on the lips. Forever on the hips. A big dent in the budget. | Source
  • A Little Goes a Looooong Way: Dressing up potatoes stretches your fanciest ingredients so you can enjoy them longer. You could make a Gruyere grilled cheese and live with both the cost and the calories. Or your could stuff your potato with broccoli and melt a quarter the amount of cheese on top. It's just as tasty on the lips and much less sticky on the hips!

The exact opposite of a healthy, happy potato.  This is why balance is important.
The exact opposite of a healthy, happy potato. This is why balance is important. | Source

The Magic Potato Formula

So what's the secret of perfect potato toppings? It's pretty simple:

Texture + Fat + Filler = a Healthy, Happy Potato


Baked potatoes are pretty mushy and relatively tasteless. Texture makes the potato interesting to your teeth. Fat makes it delicious, and interesting to your tastebuds. Filler takes up space so you don't drench your potato in fat, turning an otherwise healthy meal into a nightmare.

Texture

Bacon bits are the most common texturizing topping for baked potatoes. Bacon bits have a bit of flavor, but it's usually lost in the mounds of cheese, sour cream or other fatty ingredients.

They're also pretty attractive when contrasted against the white potato and other toppings. Nevertheless, the part that makes them really attractive is the **Crunch**. The explosion of salty, bacon-y goodness is an added bonus.

Lots of other toppings provide the same texture benefits as bacon. In fact, almost anything fried works like a charm.

  • Fried, hashed potatoes. Think very crispy hash browns.
  • Kale chips or collard chips. Throw the greens on a panini grill for about 30 seconds to crisp them quickly. Then crumble them on top of your potato for a healthy, crispy garnish.
  • Salted nut pieces. Try gourmet spiced mixed nuts roasted in savory seasoning like Old Bay Seasoning.

Source

Filler

The Filler is the truly exciting part, and where you get the most bang for your buck. Instead of serving lobster, which requires an entire tail per person. Serve lobster-topped baked potatoes. A single lobster tail sliced then, roasted in butter and served atop baked potatoes serves 4 people or more.

A few more fillers where a little goes a long way:

  • Seafood (crab, shrimp, salmon or lobster)
  • Filet Mignon, even bacon-wrapped filet. Sliced thin so it fits in the potato crevice

For healthy alternatives, fill the potato with veggies and use the meats as the fat layer

  • Broccoli, Asparagus
  • Frozen mixed vegetables
  • All sorts of salad

Source

Fat

The fat layer is the calorie-intensive topping that makes the potato really interesting. If you're watching our waistline, fill the potato with vegetable fillers, and use just enough fatty toppings to cover the green stuff.

Almost anything works here. You can use a variety of meats or cheeses. You can also use eggs. For a great breakfast potato, fill the potato with broccoli and tomato, top with an egg and microwave or bake until the egg cooks.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    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)