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 Post subject: Re: Put me on your Baked Potato
PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:45 pm 
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Elizabee, your "weird green potatoes" remind me of the time I ordered a baked sweet potato and guacamole. I had had a wisdom tooth out several days ago and was desperately trying to put together a vegan and soft meal from the menu. The waiter looked at me, very disturbed, and said "You aren't going to put the guacamole on the sweet potato are you?" For the first time in my life, I wanted to invoke "the customer is always right" but over-polite me kicked in and I said "Yes, that's what I was planning on. I'm sorry, is that disgusting?" Ok, maybe I was being a little devious. The waiter seemed to realize he couldn't outright tell me that what I wanted to pay money for was gross and said "Oh, um, no, that's fine." and dashed away.

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 Post subject: Re: Put me on your Baked Potato
PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:15 pm 
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I thought this thread was about jacket baked potatoes but this-
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My boyfriend slices the potatoes before baking them, every inch or so, not cutting all the way through the potato. Then he thin slices onions and stuffs them into the slices, wraps the potatoes with foil and bakes! We eat them with barbeque sauce, which is better than piling on butter and salt (or so I justify them to myself).

sounds to me like hasselback potatoes, which are definitely amazing! Some folks call these hedgehog or accordion potatoes. I made these All. The. Time. when I nannied and lived in a coop where we'd get a glut of potatoes come fall in a past life, because obviously they're much more exciting than plain baked potatoes. I'd slip tomato and mozzarella slices in between the slices and serve with pesto or balsamic reduction, or stuff them with crushed garlic and herbs/pesto/faux parmesean and serve with tomato sauce, salsa, caramelized onions or gravy, use preserved lemon and onions and eat with garlicy oregano pesto, go for the classic apple and cheddar with crushed crackers on top for good measure, pickled jalapeno and red onion served with guacamole, stuff them pull of pickle slices and onion douse them with vinegar and serve with dilled sour cream, or just any compound butter hanging about my fridge. While drinking once, I poured a cream-of-something soup over hasselback potatoes and, giggling, added something crunchy crushed crackers or chips or cornflakes.

If you're a sweet potato lover, and you haven't experimented with preparing them the same way, I bet you'd love it. I used to make 'exploded sweet potato pies' for the kids I watched by filling them with pecans, spices and a touch of brown sugar, basted with orange juice, whiskey and maple and to finish, only if they insisted, topped with marshmallows and broiled. Coconut butter (spread, not oil) and almond butter with either apricot jam or a tamari heavy miso sauce, mustard and maple sauce with plumped raisins, cream cheese mixed with dates, cardamom and fake bacon, and sage pesto were, somewhat shockingly, other hits with picky kids.


Also, I have a hard time deviating from eating baked, roasted, or hash browned potatoes with anything but gaucamole AND hummus TOGETHER these days (by that I mean last winter, when potatoes were on rotation). I guess sometimes the hummus was switch out for noochy queso. It makes a silky carby mush fest. I love it.


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 Post subject: Re: Put me on your Baked Potato
PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2012 7:24 am 
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Hummus, grated carrot and coriander (cilantro).

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This ...

sisterlegume wrote:
My boyfriend slices the potatoes before baking them, every inch or so, not cutting all the way through the potato. Then he thin slices onions and stuffs them into the slices, wraps the potatoes with foil and bakes! We eat them with barbeque sauce, which is better than piling on butter and salt (or so I justify them to myself)


...and this sound awesome.

This thread inspired me to buy potatoes big enough to bake when I was grocery shopping this week!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:59 am 
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Refried beans, salsa, Daiya (if I have it), handful of shredded cabbage, lime squeeze.


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 Post subject: Re: Put me on your Baked Potato
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I like to make Julie Hasson's smoky soy curls (Vegan Diner) and do a twice-baked thing with lots of nooch and a touch of organic smart balance and top with broccoli.

In the summer, when I make a lot of salsa I really like broccoli and salsa on 'em tho.


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 Post subject: Re: Put me on your Baked Potato
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 Post subject: Re: Put me on your Baked Potato
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Salsa and jalapenos.


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 Post subject: Re: Put me on your Baked Potato
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:51 am 
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This thread made me buy potatoes to bake this week! Gonna do them in the crockpot. I got 4 large organic yukon golds, lets do this!

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 Post subject: Re: Put me on your Baked Potato
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 11:41 am 
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Haha I got potatoes this week too! I have a ton of fresh basil in my garden, and tomatos, so i am going to do a pesto/tomato sauce to go on them. Yummmy.


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 Post subject: Re: Put me on your Baked Potato
PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:10 pm 
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This is a great thread! Aside from the avocado/guac suggestion (which sounds *amazing* and I intend to try!), do you guys have ideas for toppings to put on a baked potato ordered at a restaurant? I mean like a standard diner or very veg-unfriendly place.

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 Post subject: Re: Put me on your Baked Potato
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A favorite of mine that hasn't been mentioned is steamed broccoli, buttah, nooch, ume plum vinegar.

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 Post subject: Re: Put me on your Baked Potato
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Hummus, baked beans, BBQ sauce and avocado - now I want baked 'tatoes for dinner!

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 Post subject: Re: Put me on your Baked Potato
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:15 pm 
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couroupita wrote:
This is a great thread! Aside from the avocado/guac suggestion (which sounds *amazing* and I intend to try!), do you guys have ideas for toppings to put on a baked potato ordered at a restaurant? I mean like a standard diner or very veg-unfriendly place.



Depends on the place...sometimes you can ask for veggies sauteed in oil, or if they have a veggie chilli get that on the side. If they have a vegan salad dressing, get that on the side too (I like saucy stuff on my bakers)

Last night I had an AWESOME baked potato. I made a pesto/tomato/saucy thing out of stuff in my fridge and my garden. It looked kinda blah but tasted ahhhhmazing.

-Sauteed shallots, mushrooms, garlic and zuchinni in a small amount of oil
-added 3 small tomatos from the garden, added salt, covered and cooked down
-added small amount of white wine
-added a quick pesto: handful of basil, handful of spinach, almonds, nooch, garlic, lemon and water

it was kind of a greenish-redish mushy saucy thing. man it was TERRIFIC on the potato. And healthy/low calorie too.


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 Post subject: Re: Put me on your Baked Potato
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5. I've been toying lately with the idea of kimchi on baked potatoes, is that gross?


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 Post subject: Re: Put me on your Baked Potato
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 4:58 pm 
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For lunch I roasted broccoli and chickpeas with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and lime, and ate it atop a baked potato.

In my Plants and People class, my professor told us that potatoes are a great staple food, and that they have a pretty good nutrient profile, where you could eat only potatoes for months and be alright nutrient wise. I don't know if it's true, but it solidified my love for those starchy tubers. Also I learned potatoes are a part of the plants stem, while sweet potatoes are a true root.

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 Post subject: Re: Put me on your Baked Potato
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oh man, this thread made me realize it's been forever since ive had a baked potato. I love them plain with italian dressing or loaded with eb and salt. MMMMMMmmmm

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This thread inspired me to try baked beans on a potato last night. Genius!

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 Post subject: Re: Put me on your Baked Potato
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mmm... baked potato...

I like scooping the potato innards out and mashing it up with roasted garlic, olive oil, and salt.

I also like weird things, like putting Filipino soy curl adobo or spaghetti mixed with pomodoro sauce on top.

Also, soy sauce + "butter" + potato = THE BOMB DIGGITY!


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 Post subject: Re: Put me on your Baked Potato
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Crockpot baked potatoes are the best forking thing ever!

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 Post subject: Re: Put me on your Baked Potato
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This thread inspired me to bake a potato for dinner and smother it in cheesy sauce, scallions, and bac'un bits. Microwave potatoes make me sad, and it was totally worth waiting an hour for a proper baked potato with crispy skin.

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