3/28/11

Tuesday's Tip: Great Recipe using Leftovers/Best Microwaved Baked Potatoes


This recipe is great for those nights when time is really short! It is also a great way to use leftover meat! You'll just need to add desired amount of your favorite barbecue sauce.
You can make the barbecue from left over chicken or pork or beef roasts. You can also use a commercially prepared container of meat, such as Lloyd’s or Corky’s. Picking up 1½ pounds of meat from your favorite bbq joint is another great option!


Zapping your potatoes in the microwave will help this meal to come together quickly. Here is my favorite way to make baked potatoes in the microwave:


Best Microwaved Baked Potatoes

Begin by setting your regular oven to 450 degrees.  (You're going to bake the potatoes for few minutes in your regular oven after microwaving to help crisp the potato skins!)
While oven is heating, wash and scrub baking potatoes well. (Russets work best for baking!)
With a fork, pierce the skins of the potatoes in several places. This will allow steam to escape and prevent the potatoes from exploding in your microwave.
Place pierced potatoes in microwave oven.
Microwave on high. Turning potatoes over halfway through cooking time.
Depending on the size of the potatoes and your microwave's power level:
One potato will take 6 - 8 minutes
Two potatoes will take 8 - 10 minutes
Three potatoes will take 10 - 12 minutes
Four potatoes will take 12 - 15 minutes
You can test for doneness by giving the potatoes a gentle squeeze or piecing with a fork.
Using an oven mitt, remove potatoes from your microwave oven and place them directly on the rack of your preheated, regular oven.
Bake for 5 – 10 minutes in regular oven to help crisp the potato skins a bit.

Barbecue-Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Barbecue-Stuffed Baked Potatoes

4 baked potatoes
butter (optional)
1½ cups shredded barbecue meat (beef, pork or chicken)
½ cup sour cream
2 green onions, finely chopped
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

Open potatoes with a knife and fluff with a fork. Add a pat of butter, if you like.
Top each potato evenly with bbq meat, sour cream , cheese, and onions.

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