Sunday, March 29, 2015

Scored Potatoes


This is a fun presentation for potatoes.  These Scored Potatoes and easy and the smoked paprika in the mixture gives them a wonderful smoky flavor.

SCORED POTATOES
4 russet potatoes
4 T butter, melted
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon mixed dried herbs (I used Parisien herbs)
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
Salt & pepper, to taste
1/2 C of your favorite shredded cheese (we used Fire Jack)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Halve the potatoes lengthwise.  Score the potatoes once lengthwise and then about three times across the short side, being careful not to cut all the way through the potatoes (see the picture).  Lay the potatoes scored side up on a sheet pan and kind of open the sections up without separating them from the rest of the potato.  Whisk together the butter, paprika, herbs, garlic powder, and onion powder.  Sprinkle the potatoes with salt and pepper and then brush the butter mixture all over the tops of the potatoes.  Bake the potatoes for 40 minutes.  

Remove the pan from the oven and sprinkle the cheese over the tops of the potatoes.  Return the potatoes to the oven and bake an additional 10 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender.

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