Although it has been lovely weather all week, today has turned a bit chilly. Just the sort of weather for a carbohydrate hit! This recipe makes six large potatoes, or you could even stretch it to make 8. You will obviously get more mash if you cook more potatoes, and if you just add a couple of extra spring onions and some more meat, parsley and parmesan, you should be right. In this recipe I used a bit of turkey breast for protein, but you could substitute any cooked meat you like, or even add bacon but increase the cooking time to make sure it is cooked.
Microwave Cheese and Herb Stuffed Potatoes
6 large potatoes (skin on if they are good enough)
Oil, salt and pepper for rubbing
125g cream cheese
1-2 tbs milk
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp oil
2 cloves very finely chopped garlic (or crushed if you prefer)
2 slices preferred sandwich meat (turkey, chicken or ham are good)
3 spring onions
2 tbsp parmesan cheese
Prick the potatoes, put on a plate suitable for microwaving and either rub with oil on one side, or spray with cooking oil, rub in salt and pepper.
Cook for 12-14 minutes or until tender.
Stand 10 minutes until they are cool enough to handle. In the meantime, combine the oil, garlic, sandwich meat and spring onions in a microwave safe bowl, cook on medium for about 30 seconds to start the garlic cooking.
When you can handle the potatoes without burning your hands, turn them over so you are working with the unsalted side, and cut the tops off. Peel the skin off the tops if you have left the skins on (leave it on the rest of the potato). Scoop out the potato flesh, leaving about 1 to 1.5cm shell all round. Put the potato flesh in a bowl with the butter, cream cheese, milk, parsley and parmesan and mash well until combined. Mix through the meat/onion/garlic mixture. Stuff back into the potato shells, there should be plenty mounded up over the top. Put potatoes back in the microwave and cook on high for 3 minutes.
Today, while I was thinking about what to do for lunch (amazing how often food features in my thoughts) – himself called me over to the window. We need to do some landscaping, and in our plans have been thoughs of poisoning the weeds. However, we can’t do that now, as the poisonous berries are apparently only poisonous to humans – but the king parrots love them! This pretty fellow was one of a group, we think it may have been a family that graced us with their presence (I thought they preferred rainforest, so I don’t know why they were at our place, but who is complaining when you have something as pretty as this to look at). But Damn – now we are going to have to dig them out by hand and burn them (the weeds, not the birds!)