Baked Mashed Potatoes

I’ve been cooking a lot lately (with new tools & appliances from Christmas!); I just haven’t been writing about it yet. I always have a hard time eating healthy this time of year because all I want to do is eat noodle soup or other forms of comfort food. A few weeks ago I found a healthier-ish potato recipe (nothing added other than protein). It was supposed to be stuffed potatoes with ham, thyme & cheese.

Apple Smoked Cheese is my favorite

Apple Smoked Cheese is my favorite

What I Used:

  • 2 potatoes
  • 2 slices of ham
  • half of the cheese
  • olive oil
  • half & half (calls for milk & butter, but I forgot the butter and milk always goes bad if I buy it for one recipe)
  • salt

Rub the potato with olive oil and pierce with a fork. Microwave on high (~10 minutes) until tender (I was starving and definitely didn’t microwave mine long enough).

Cooked Potatoes

Cooked Potatoes

This is where you’re supposed to scrape the potato out of the skin and put it in a bowl and save the skins for later. I, however, completely mutilated the skins at which point I just threw them away and started thinking about how I could salvage this recipe. Mash the potatoes and mix with the ham & cheese.

Ideally the cheese would be shredded, but cut into small pieces worked for me.

Ideally the cheese would be shredded, but cut into small pieces worked for me.

I preheated my oven as high as it would go (450 degrees). I mixed together the mashed potato, ham, cheese, half & half and salt. I wish more than anything that I had a potato masher, but I don’t, so I mixed it all together with a fork. (Also, how do you like my new collapsible mixing bowl?!) It should not be entirely lump free. This is where you’re supposed to spoon the mixture back into the skins. Instead I put everything into the pan and baked it for ~5 minutes.

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

This was delicious. I cannot wait to make it again, and I have frozen broccoli waiting in my fridge to add to it next time.