#weliketoeat : Smashed loaded potatoes
As I’ve mentioned in the last few posts, I’ve been sick since we got home from vacation. No matter what course of meds I take, or how much sleep I seem to get, nothing seems to be helping. I remember the details about being a kid and not feeling well – my momma would let me snuggle on the couch with bunches of warm blankets and would often make me scrambled eggs and toast. Comfort food has sounded so, so good – so yesterday’s dinner was on point.
It’s not the most gourmet recipe I’ve ever made, but it was perfect for the craving I had. From scratch, smashed loaded potatoes.
Perhaps they’re not loaded like you might expect – it’s not even how we make them at the restaurant. Sidenote—A few years ago when Jon and I were in Texas we went to a restaurant called BJ’s Brewhouse and we shared this gigantic baked potato that was stuffed with grilled chicken, broccoli, and alfredo sauce. The idea of a meal out of a potato is what triggered last night’s meal. It could have been a snack, but I loaded up on it so it was totally a meal.
Smashed Loaded Potatoes
Whole potatoes [I use one per person, plus one extra – these were super small]
Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Salt
Wash and cut the potatoes into chunks, then put them into a pot of cold water. Lightly salt the water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and cover the potatoes. Simmer for 8-12 minutes, until slightly mushy. Drain the water, and use a potato masher to smash the potatoes.
Add butter, [I use roughly one tablespoon of butter per potato], a splash of milk and a heaping spoonful of sour cream [don’t tell Jon-he hates sour cream!] and stir. [I also leave the skins on my potatoes because I love the texture.] Add a dash of garlic powder and onion salt, and use as much salt or pepper as you like.
Scoop potatoes into a bowl and top with shredded cheese. Add steamed broccoli and a little more cheese on top and enjoy!
I cheat and use steamed broccoli – you know, the steam in the bag kind. It’s cheap, tastes delicious and is easy. All key factors.
Most times I use Russet potatoes, I like the way they taste and they’re good for anything and everything. As I mentioned above, these were small so three was the perfect amount.
I shred my own cheese because I hate the crap they add to pre-shredded cheese. I also shred it on the smallest hole on the shredder so it melts easier.
I also shred my butter. It sounds stupid but it works! It melts easier in the potatoes and a little goes a long way.
You can add anything you want – bacon, scallions, chicken – you name it. I just worked with what I had on hand.
It was so, so delicious and so easy. It would be perfect as a side dish, but like I said, as a meal it was pretty dang delicious as well.
Hopefully it helps me feel better in the long run. If you try your own version, let me know what you like to add to it! I hope you have an amazing weekend – I’ll be back next week with more creative goodness. Thanks for stopping by.