Pizza Potatoes

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.

Pizza Potatoes

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
garlic powder

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.

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5 Responses to Pizza Potatoes

  1. Ummmm… yes please.

    If only my stupid husband weren’t stupid lactose-intolerant. It’s really been cutting down on my cooking with cheese.


  2. camille says:

    Oh man. Does fake cheese work? I’m really suspicious of it and I bet it doesn’t melt right. Hmm. This might be something to make if he goes out of town or something, because it’s really just an excellent vehicle for conveying cheese to your mouth.

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  4. Nina says:

    Adopt me! This looks delicious.

  5. camille says:

    Move to Boston, I’ll adopt the heck out of you!

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