Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pizza-Stuffed Potatoes: Pizza In A Spud

Pizza-Stuffed Potatoes: Pizza In A Spud


Hi everybody :)

Still working on my cookbook mission I mentioned in my earlier post here; I bring you another recipe from my collection, Pizza-Stuffed Potatoes. Similar to a pizza dough made using cooked potatoes in its crust, in this recipe, the potato itself served as the crust. Therefore, eliminating the dough out of pizza :)  hee..hee... When I saw this, I thought it was such a great idea I had to share it. So here we go...

Pizza-Stuffed Potatoes From: CREATIVE COOKS' KITCHEN COOKBOOK

You Will Need

FOR THE POTATOES

4 large baking potatoes
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup thinly sliced pepperoni, divided
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1 small green pepper, cut in thin strips (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese ( I also added about 1/4 cup cheddar cheese)
2 tablespoons grated
Parmesan cheese

SERVES 4

PREPARING THE POTATOES

1. Preheat oven to 450°F Scrub the potatoes; pierce with a fork and rub with vegetable oil. Place potatoes on a baking sheet and bake until fork tender, about 45 minutes.

 



















 
2. Halve potatoes lengthwise and scoop out flesh, leaving a 1/4-inch-thick shell with skin. Set flesh aside.
Hallowed -Out Potato


















3. Chop 1/2 cup sliced pepperoni. Cut remaining slices in half; set aside.
4. In a large bowl, mash together the potato flesh, sour cream, salt and pepper; add chopped pepperoni.( I add about 1/4 cup cooked ground beef to this)
Potato Filling




















5. Spoon potato mixture back into shells and arrange on baking sheet.
Potato Halves with Filling


















6. Top potatoes with tomato sauce, mushrooms, green pepper snips, remaining pepperoni, mozzarella and Parmesan. Bake until heated through, about 15 minutes. (It took me about 8-10 minutes)
Potato Halve Toppings


















Variations:
Just as on a traditional pizza, you can vary the toppings on these stuffed potatoes for a whole new taste sensation.Try one of the following combinations:

TACO PIZZA: Browned ground beef, taco seasoning mix, salsa, diced green chilies, shredded Monterey Jack cheese

POLYNESIAN PIZZA:
Pineapple chunks, ham or prosciutto, coconut 


VEGGIE PIZZA: Chopped roasted red peppers, eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes, grated Parmesan cheese

GOURMET PIZZA: Arugula, sliced artichoke hearts, sliced portabella mushrooms, sliced fontina cheese

GREEK PIZZA:
Mini-shrimp, sliced Greek olives, crushed rosemary, crumbled feta cheese


PESTO PIZZA:
Pesto, chopped fresh garlic, crumbled chevre cheese



What I think:
THESE WERE DELICIOUS!!! So glad I made them. I did add some ground beef to the potato filling and sprinkled a little cheddar cheese on top with the other cheeses. So this is definitely a repeat! You can also use this method and make Pizza-Stuffed Potato Skins!!!















UPDATE: These were soooo good I made them again, later tonight.












 


ENJOY! Come again...

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