Sunday, November 2, 2014

Loaded Criss-Cross Potatoes

 

 
I was going to make twice baked potatoes which are one of my fave side dishes, but honestly I didn't feel like going through all of the work. So I decided to take some shortcuts and make loaded criss-cross potatoes instead. Loaded criss-cross potatoes are kind of like a mix between potato skins and twice baked potatoes. Just add a spoonful or sour cream and some salt and enjoy!
 
Loaded Criss-Cross Potatoes
 
3 medium to large Idaho potatoes
4 pieces cooked, crumbled bacon
1/2 cup sliced green onion
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 Tbsp. butter
 
 
Rinse, then cut potatoes lengthwise
 
Taking a sharp knife cut diagonally making about 4 lines across the potato, then turn the potato cutting diagonally the other direction to create a criss-cross pattern. (You shouldn't be cutting all the way through, only about less than half way through the potato half).
 
Melt butter and brush on top of the potatoes
 
Add desired seasonings (salt, pepper, paprika, etc.)
 
Preheat oven to 400F
 
Bake potato halves for about 35-40 minutes or until brown and cooked thoroughly
 
Remove from oven and top with cheese, bacon, and green onion
 
Place bake in oven for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted
 
 


Garlic Bread Pizza

Its simple: take a loaf of garlic bread, make it into a pizza. How could that not be an amazing idea?  This gem may be a heart attack on a plate, but it is worth every calorie. Add whatever toppings you would like and enjoy the fatty goodness!
 
Garlic Bread Pizza
 
One loaf frozen garlic bread (you know the kind with 2 loaves)
1 small container pizza sauce
1 small package pepperoni
1 small can of mushrooms
1 cup sliced red onion
8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
 
 
Thaw garlic bread and place on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil
 
Preheat oven to 350F
 
Spread 1/2 cup pizza sauce on each loaf of garlic bread
 
Top with mozzarella cheese (there's no exact amount here, get as crazy as you want)
 
Then add pepperonis, mushrooms, and onion
 
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until garlic bread is crispy and cheese is melted