Monday, May 30, 2011

Baked Potato Bar

This is less a recipe than a fun idea for something to do with leftover chili!  This creates a lot of options for different types of eaters - for instance, I had broccoli, turkey chili, and sour cream on my potato. Kyle had butter, Velveeta cheese sauce, turkey chili, bacon, and regular cheese.  You can see a photo of his heart attack meal below.

Baked Potatoes

Suggested Toppings:
Sour Cream
Velveeta Cheese Sauce
Shredded Cheese

Make sure to bake the potatoes in the oven. Yes, you can make them in the microwave in a fraction of the time, but the skins won't be crispy and the potato won't be as delicious.  It takes about 50 minutes to bake them in the oven.

For the Velveeta cheese sauce, you will simply need to slice off a cube of that strange, oddly jiggly substance, and melt it in a sauce pan with some milk.  For my cheese sauce, I used about half a block of Velveeta and 1/2 a cup of milk, which made an unnecessarily enormous quantity of cheese sauce.  So, you might want to try using l/3 or 1/4 of the cheese block and less milk.  The cheese sauce can also be used on the broccoli by itself.

For the bacon, I simply cooked it until it was crispy, drained it on paper towels, and crumbled it.  And as far as the chili, everyone has their own recipe for that, so you are on your own there.

Kyle's loaded potato - a masterpiece of cheese:

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