I’ve always thought baked potatoes were all right, but never my number one choice. Matt doesn’t care for some of the traditional toppings, like sour cream. Because of this, we haven’t really made them a priority around here. But this elevates them to a meal (to be fair, I thought they were a meal all along, but I know my concept of a meal is not the same as that of other people), and we both thought they were delicious.
The recipe comes from Babble, and it makes no apologies for not being the “foodiest” dish in the world. It uses jarred spaghetti sauce, for goodness’ sake, and you do the first stage of cooking the potatoes in the microwave. Don’t care. Making a pizza out of a potato is a smart idea. If I had kids, I would totally make this for them. I don’t have any and won’t for a while, if at all, but I’m still happy to eat it for myself without waiting to procreate first.
2 biggish russet potatoes
jarred spaghetti sauce – mine had sausage bits in it, which was awesome
shredded cheese of some kind – I had mozzarella and sharp cheddar
butter or margarine
Microwave each potato until tender – I did mine one at a time and it took about 6 and a half minutes, but the original recipe says 10 – 15 minutes, presumably to do several at once.
Preheat the oven to 400.
Cut each potato in half and scoop out a bit of the insides into a bowl.
Mash the potato innards with a bit of butter and a splash of milk, and add some of the cheese and a few shakes of the garlic.
Put the mashed potato bits back into the potatoes.
Spread spaghetti sauce over the surface of the potatoes.
Cover the potatoes with cheese.
Festoon them with pepperoni.
Pop them into the oven for about 15 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown.
I also sprinkled some parmesan on top, because my mindset when it comes to cheese is that if some is good, more is better.