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Three creations of potato “Boats.”

     Three creations of potato “Boats”.

baked potato 'Boat'

Are you tired of eating French fries or mashed potatoes? Try three creations of potato” Boats”! I will give you three great recipes with a little piece of meat and a lot of vegetables and different kinds of cheese. These recipes are excellent for the whole family to enjoy. They are perfect for vegetarians and healthy lifestyle users.

But, before I talk about these delicious dishes, I’d like to share what the US Department of Agriculture created: a “My Plate” (according to Wikipedia). It is a nutrition guide, a food circle depicting a place setting with a plate and glass divided into five food groups, which helps people to build a healthy dish at mealtimes. That’s included vegetables and fruits, grains also, protein, and dairy products.

After reading the US Department of Agriculture articles, I decided to change my eating habits. Instead of big pieces of baked meat, I added more vegetables and cheese to my plate. Also, I began creating new recipes using baking potatoes as the main dinner dish. It was awesome to watch my family eating them. Finally, I decided to share with you all my new creation.

       What kind of potatoes are best for three creations of potato                                                      “Boats”?

Russet potatoes are the best; easy to scoop off and cut to mashed up with other products.

The sizes of potatoes: from medium to large are the best.

            What kind of stuffing can we make in potatoes?

Meat: pork, beef, chicken, veal, ham.

Vegetables: spinach, collard, mustard salad, tomatoes.

Mushrooms: portabello or any other kind

Cheese: blue cheese, cheddar, swiss, parmesan, feta, ricotta cheese.

                   Can we reheat baked stuffed potatoes?

Yes! Usually, I use the oven at 375 F for about 20-30 min

                          Can we wrap them in foil?

If you wrap potatoes, they will have softer skin.

If you don’t wrap them, potatoes skin become more crispy.

                          How long to bake potatoes?

Usually, I bake them at 355F for one hour but depend on the size of potatoes.

Leftovers, you can heat in the microwave. But the best way to reheat them – the oven at 375F  for about 20 – 30 min.

                TIPS for three creations of potato “Boats”:

  • 1) Before starting to boil potatoes ( with the skin), poke the holes using the fork. Holes prevent steam from building up; otherwise, potatoes can explode. Also, a spoon of vinegar is perfect (add to water when you cook them).
  • 2) Boiled potatoes will have a better taste if you put to the water a clove of garlic or slice of onion. Bay leaves are OK too.

             Three creations of potato “Boats”:          

            Loaded baked potatoes with meat

Preparation time:

Potatoes – 10 min

Meat – 10 min

Total preparation time: 20 min

potato "Boats" with meat
potato “Boats” with meat

Baking time: around one hour

Serving 4

                           We need

Potatoes       4 medium size, or three large size

For stuffing:

Ground turkey (beef, pork, veal, goat, chicken) 1/2 pound

Portobello mushrooms ( optional)   1 medium-sized

Broth ( turkey, beef, veal, pork, goat, chicken)      1/2 cup

Dills   a pinch

Parsley   a pinch

Onion yellow, medium size, chopped  ¼

Garlic   2 cloves, chopped

Carrots  1 medium size

Salary   1 stick

Seasoning, salt, and bay leaves also, whole black peppers

                                                 Workflow

Part one: preparation of potatoes

First, take potatoes and peel them.

Second, wash.

Third, boil potatoes for 5-8 min.

Next, cool them off and cut in half.

Then, scoop out the middle part of potatoes.

Part two: stuffing preparation

First, take the ground turkey ( beef or veal, pork, or chicken; also, you can use the ground goat) and put it to the big bowl.

Second, add broth and mix it with the meat.

Third, cut portabello mushrooms (or any other kind) in small squares and add to the meat.

Then, chop the onions and garlic and add to the meat.

Next, add the pinch of parsley and dills also, salt and seasoning.

After that, mix all together very well

Part three: making the “Boats”:

First, take the scooped potatoes and load the hole with stuffing.

Second, take the deep baking pan or deep skillet ( with the iron handle) and add cold water about 1 ½ cup.

Next, peel the carrot and cut then in big pieces. Sprinkle on the “Boats.”

Then, cut the salary in big chunks and add to the baking pan.

Finally, sprinkle seasoning, add salt, and two bay leaves, whole black peppers.

Usually, I bake “Boats” at 355F for one hour but depend on the size of potatoes.

      Three creations of potato “Boats”:             

Baked potato “Boat” with mushrooms and cheese

Preparation time:  15 min.

Bake time:                 50 min.

Ingredients of baked potato “Boat”:

Potato  3 medium-sized

Onion  1 medium

Mushrooms 2 medium sizes, or one big ( portabello)

Chilies  1 small- sized

Green peas    ¼ cup (chopped)

Tomatoes ¼ cup (chopped)

Cheese ½ cup (shredded)

Butter  2 tablespoons

Salt  a pinch

Turmeric powder  a pinch

Seasoning  a pinch

                                                                                                                                                    Workflow:

First, preheat oven at 356F. Wrap potatoes in the foil and bake for 40 min.

Second, cool them off and cut into half. Scoop out the center, and mash the scoop out portion. Leave on the side.

Third, chop tomatoes, chilies, onion, and mushroom. Add to a mashed portion of potatoes.

Then, add green beans and one tablespoon of butter and pinch of salt, turmeric powder, and seasoning.

Next, mix well. Fill the scooped potatoes with the mixture. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and butter remaining.

Finally, bake for 10 min. or until cheese melts at 375 F.

Serve with salad or coleslaw

.

                                                                                                                                                                                         Potato “Boats” with spinach

Potatoes  3

potato "Boats" with spinach
potato “Boats” with spinach

Spinach  2/3 cup, chopped

Flour   1 tablespoon

Butter   2 tablespoons

Half and Half  1cup

Blue cheese ½ cup ( shredded)

Salt  a pinch

Black pepper  a pinch

Seasoning  a pinch

Dill    a pinch

Mustard powder   a pinch

                                                                                                                                                         Workflow:

First, wash potatoes and boil them. Cool off.

Second, Take the skillet and put butter, chopped spinach also, add a pinch of salt. Sautee spinach on slow heat then put on the side.

Third, take other skillet and put butter, flour, half and half. Mix well and heat the mixture on low heat until it becomes thick.

Next, add a pinch of mustard powder and dill, add seasoning. Mix well.

Then, take boiled potatoes, cut in half, scoop out the middle part. Mash the central section.

After that, mix sautéed spinach, gravy, and mashed central part very well. Add some blue cheese in.

Finally, fill the scooped potatoes with the mixture, transfer them to baking pan and bake around 15min. or until cheese melts at 375F.

Bon Appetit

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