Tangled Branches: Satiated
riveting tales of how we sustain ourselves
Monday, March 14, 2005
So, I'm reading the Washington Post Source section yesterday (I usually look at whatever food-relating items they have) and yesterday's food feature was Baked Potatoes with toppings. And I started thinking. I can't remember the last time I made baked potatoes. Just don't do it any more. Always roasted or fried or mashed or in some kind of Indian dish, but never baked.
Sunday nights, we usually eat something light and simple, and this new-old idea was perfect. Also, I had just bought a bag of russet potatoes at Whole Foods. Scrubbed up some and put them in the oven. I roasted (baked) them a good long time until they were really soft (and one exploded) (yes, I stuck it with fork before putting it in the oven).
The toppings are what's important here. The article had some interesting suggestions, none of which I had the ingredients to make. I decided to keep it simple and vegetarian (was first thinking of bacon). I carmelized some thick sliced onions, cut up some Swiss cheese, took the potatoes out of the oven and split and fluffed them up, put a bit of butter and salt on the potato surface, then some carmelized onions, then some Swiss cheese. Put them back under the broiler to until the cheese started to bubble and brown. This was a happy reacquaintance, and looks to become a regular Sunday night meal.
And the article mentioned a "baked potato cafe" in Annapolis which we have to check out if we ever get back to Annapolis. I think it's been, oh, 15 years or more since I've been there.