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Blooming Baked Potato Blossoms

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potato blossoms

 

Do potatoes bore the heck put of you, too, sometimes? I mean, there’s nothing wrong with simple baked potatoes and potato wedges, but sometimes I just want to make these funny looking, plain jane veggies look pretty, you know? 😀  

So that’s exactly what possessed me to do this! Silly as it may seem, it was easy, and, as my hubby put it, “Quite tasty!” 😉

 

red potatoes

 

I have one apple slicer that I love, and one that I hate. The one that I’ve always hated finally has a purpose in taking up space in my drawer. It doesn’t cut all the way down and I hate using it for apples, pears, or anything else for that matter, when my old one happens to be in my dishwasher.  

 

potatoes w apple slicer

 

But when I brain-stormed this idea, I realized why I have never thrown it away. Call it fate I guess!! NOT cutting all the way down through was exactly what I wanted for once! And it worked beautifully! 😉 (*Although I wish they made a 16-slice one, and the center wasn’t just a circle and it had slots to cut, too.)  

 

potato blossoms raw

 

I seasoned them simply, just using a store-bought jar of salad dressing that was saying “use it or lose it” time.  Then just lightly coating them with a mixture of seasoned breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and garlic salt! Done. 😉  

(Don’t ask what happened to the 6th one. It was a tragic accident. So sad.)  

 

potato blossom raw 2

 

Don’t they look nice? 😀 Simple, gets the job done, but elegantly pretty. 😉

 

potato blossoms 3

 

All baked up and looking pretty darned cool! 😀 Flavorful and so tender that the petals just fall away! 😉

 

potato blossoms

 

These are a simple way to add a little flair to a boring meal or quite a presentation alongside a nice juicy steak! Or use them as a base for a chunky filling such as cheddar-broccoli, a ladle of chili,  or the last scoop of Sloppy Joes for lunch! The petals pull off super easy for dunking, and would also make for a nice little appetizer for a small party or shower, too! And since they’re so much fun to eat, the kiddos will enjoy it, too! 

I hope you enjoy these as much as we did! They were easy and fun to make, and go with just about anything! Take care all, and see ya tomorrow! 😀 ~Kelly

 

 

Yield: 6 servings

Blooming Baked Potato Blossoms

Blooming Baked Potato Blossoms
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Additional Time 1 hour 39 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 red potatoes, rinsed and patted dry
  • 3 Tbl. creamy Italian-style salad dressing, (1/2 Tbl. per potato)
  • 1/4 cup dried seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 Tbl. fresh parmesan cheese very finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic salt, or to taste

Instructions

  • With a 12-slice apple slicer/corer, stand potatoes up and slice downward not cutting all the way through and about a 1" from the bottom. (*Check potatoes first to see if they stand up on their own. If not THINLY trim bottoms level.)
  • Slice out center piece about halfway.
  • Spoon dressing into center and squeeze gently, opening and closing so that it's all coated. Spread around dressing that oozes out all over outside to coat, too.
  • Sprinkle evenly with seasoned breadcrumbs mixed with parmesan cheese and garlic salt inside and out. Place all onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake in 375 degree oven for 45 minutes, tent top with foil to prevent excess browning, and bake another 15 minutes or until fork tender.
  • Serve as is, or with more dressing or dip of choice for dunking.
  • Great with grilled steaks, salad and garlic bread!

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    Virginia

    Sunday 7th of August 2016

    What a great idea. I'll never go to all the trouble again for the "twice baked" monsters I make at Thanksgiving, tho my future son-in-law adores them. Well, okay, I'll still make ONE for him. These have all the goodness right there inside of them - and I love the "petals" you can peel away.

    Kelly

    Monday 8th of August 2016

    Thanks, Virginia!! :D Just remember not to cut them too close to the bottom so that they don't fall apart. And crowd them together in the pan to help hold them all upright. Also make sure you bake them until they're tender. *Some petals may fall away when serving, but we didn't care because they tasted so good!! :D

    Lorinda McKinnon - the Rowdy Baker

    Monday 22nd of September 2014

    What a wonderful idea! I hate my apple cutter, and never use it. Well...never USED it. I might now!

    Kelly

    Monday 22nd of September 2014

    Right?!! My old ancient one works great. My newer one just plain sucks. But not anymore! I bet it might even work for onions and other veggies. It's very lucky. It narrowly escaped an early burial in the backyard. ;)

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