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Stuffed and Smokey-Hot Baked Potatoes

Monday, 26 May 2008

Description

Sunday afternoon heaven, accordingto Harald and Renate Zoschke, is watching a soccer game on TV, drinking beer, and snacking on these spicy baked potatoes!

Ingredients

At a glance
Cuisine
German
Ingredient
Vegetable
Cooking Method
Bake
Heat Level
3
Chile
Piquin
Meal/Course
Side Dish
Serves
6
  • 2 dried chipotle pods

  • 1 1/2 pounds.medium potatoes (about 6-7)

  • 1 teaspoon crushed piquin chile

  • 6 tablespoons grated Swiss cheese for the stuffing (if not available, use cheddar)

  • 6 teaspoons milk

  • Salt, freshly ground black pepper and freshly ground nutmeg to taste

  • Optional: 2 ounces lean smoked ham, diced

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 4 tablespoons grated Swiss cheese (to sprinkle on top)

Methods/steps

In a bowl, soak the chipotle pods in warm water for about 1 hour, then dice.

Brush potatoes thoroughly under running water and cook with their skins in the microwave until done (typically takes about 10 to 15 minutes but may vary depending on your microwave--check microwave manual).

Let potatoes cool a bit, then cut in half lengthwise. With a spoon, carve out the soft flesh leaving about 1/4" standing around the edge (try not to puncture the skin). Put aside the resulting "potato bowls."

In a bowl, mash potato dig-outs using a fork. Mix well with the grated cheese, diced chipotle, and crushed piquin, using just enough milk to get a coarse puree consistency. Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste, add diced ham it you choose that option.

Brush outside of potato skins lightly with the vegetable oil, place on an aluminum barbecue tray and fill with the potato-cheese mixture.

Sprinkle grated cheese on top of each stuffed potato half, pressing it down lightly so it won't fall off.

In the covered grill, cook for about 10 minutes at 400 degrees, until the cheese turns golden brown.

Arrange on plate and serve hot, best with a cool beer or two...

Note: As an alternative, this dish may also be prepared on a baking sheet on the middle rack in the oven, same temperature.

 

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