Recession cooking part 6, the potato edition

October 26, 2010 at 6:46 pm 2 comments

Maybe it’s the Irish side of me, but when times are tough I always turn to potato dishes as a grocery cost saver. On a regular basis, a 5 pound bag of potatoes will be on sale for $2 or less, and for a family of 2 provide enough for several meals. Here is one example, stay tuned this week for more examples to use the rest of your potatoes:

1. Twice baked potatoes


6 large baking potatoes
1/8 cup olive oil
Coarse sea salt
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 cup sour cream
3 tablespoons melted margarine
3 sprigs green onions, finely chopped
4 pieces of bacon, cooked and chopped
1/4 cup precooked chicken (see previous posts)
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper

Wash potatoes, pat dry. Rub skin of potatoes with olive oil, sprinkle with coarse salt. Place potatoes on greased baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 50-60 minutes.
Remove potatoes from oven, cut each in half down the long way. Scoop out inner potato into bowl, leaving skin in tact. Mix 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, melted butter, sour cream, crumbled bacon, green onions and chicken in bowl, season to taste.
Place mixture inside potato skins, and top with remaining cheddar cheese. Return to oven at 400 degrees until cheddar is melted and potatoes start to turn golden (about 10-15 minutes).

Makes 12 potato skin halves, or 6 servings. Serve alongside a small side salad. (Divide 1 bag baby spinach leaves 6 ways, top with dressing)

6 large baking potatoes: 75 cents
Olive oil: 10 cents
Cheddar cheese: 50 cents
Sour cream: 20 cents
Margarine: 10 cents
Green onions: 15 cents
Bacon: 50 cents
Chicken: 50 cents
Spices: 5 cents
Bag of spinach: $2.50
Dressing: 50 cents
Total: $5.85 for 6 servings, or 98 cents a serving

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. merrilymarylee  |  October 27, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    My husband still teases me about how, years ago when we were dating, I’d dive into my baked potato first whenever he took me out to eat.

    I still love him and still love baked potatoes.

  • 2. Chef Basket  |  October 29, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Most people are on a budget these days. Cooking up dinner for a family can be tough while trying to save money. But this potato recipe is very useful. Thank you for posting it.


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