Basic Baked Potatoes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 russet potatoes
  • Additional toppings
    • Salt
    • Pepper
    • Sour Cream
    • Butter
    • Green Onions

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wash the potatoes extremely well.  Using a sharp knife, stab the potatoes a few times in order to let the hot air escape while cooking.

Place in the oven and bake for approximately 1 hour.

Remove from the oven, and serve hot with your favorite toppings.

Additional Tips:

  • I have a very abbreviated list of toppings included under ingredients.  You know what you like on your potatoes!  I certainly won’t tell you what to do with them!

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Baked Squash

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 squash (acorn, spaghetti, butternut, etc.)
  • 2 Tbsp. of butter
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Cut the squash in half.  Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds, making sure not to miss any of them.  Place 1 Tbsp. butter into each half of the squash, where the seeds used to be.  Sprinkle salt and pepper over the top of the butter.

Flip the squash upside down inside of a 13×9 pan.  The softer, inside part of the squash should be facing down, and the outside part with the skin on should be facing up.

Bake for 1 hour, or until the bottom of the squash is browned and very soft.

Carefully flip the squash so that the cooked, edible portion is facing up.  Using a spoon, scoop the inside of the squash out into a serving bowl.  Be careful not to scrape away any of the outside skin.

Add additional salt, pepper, and/or butter to taste.

Additional Tips:

  • Please be careful while scooping out the inside of the squash.  It will be super, duper hot!  I usually hold the squash down with a fork, using my other hand and a spoon to carefully scoop away at the squash.
  • Extra butter never hurt anybody…

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Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Juice from 1 lemon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into 1-inch pieces and put in a 9×13 baking dish.  In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, honey, and lemon juice.  Pour the mixture over the potatoes and toss to coat.  Sprinkle with the salt and bake, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour, or until the potatoes are tender.

Additional Tips:

  • I like to use freshly ground sea salt.  The bigger chunks of salt provide nice pops of flavor which contrast perfectly with the sweetness of the honey.

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