Stuffed Little Red Potatoes

It’s a salad time of year, and I love a good salad, but I’m not really a just-salads kind of eater.  A hearty Nicoise salad is a full meal, sure, but short of that?  I want something on the side.   A slice of pizza.  A tangle of pasta.  A frittata wedge.  These potatoes.

In the most dubious honor recently bestowed upon a meal from my kitchen, J said that these tasted like something you might get at an American chain restaurant.  By which he meant to say, surprisingly, that he liked these potatoes a lot; they reminded him of restaurant potato skins he loved as a kid.  I liked this homemade version a lot too.

I think what J meant was–and I’m just guessing here, I will have to make another batch very soon to confirm–that these are salty, and cheesy, and creamy, and delicious.  They certainly have a decadent quality characterized by the calorie-dense fare that gives standard American food a bad name.

In other words, a few of these babies are best balanced out by a nice big salad.

Stuffed Little Red Potatoes: I was using up some leftover boiled baby red potatoes, but if you don’t have cold cooked potatoes just boil some small potatoes first and let them cool a bit before proceeding.  Slice the potatoes in half and use a melon baller to scoop out the insides, leaving a 1/4″ shell.  Mash the potato innards with a few oz. cream cheese, a few big handfuls of sharp cheddar cheese, a couple Tbsp. each chopped chives and parsley, a dash of Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper to taste.  Mound the filling back into the little potato shells and arrange them in a well-oiled baking dish.  Bake at 400 for about 30 mins, until tops are lightly browned Serve a few with a green salad, or set out a tray of them at a party and watch them disappear.

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9 thoughts on “Stuffed Little Red Potatoes

  1. baconbiscuit212

    I love any food that I can pop into my mouth with my hands. And I bet I could pop a whole bunch of these in my mouth! Fast too :-)

    Looks super yummy and even better than those restaurant stuffed skins that I remember too.

    Reply

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