Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Spinach-and-Feta Potatoes

Inspiration:
Rachael Ray

Ingredients:
  • 4 baking potatoes (about 3 pounds)
  • 1.5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 bunches spinach, coarsely chopped (about 8 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 8 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Bake the potatoes until cooked through, about 50 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over mediumhigh heat. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
3. Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to the skillet; add the spinach and cook until wilted. Stir in the vinegar and cook for 1 minute. Add the spinach to the mushrooms; add the feta and stir until mostly melted. Stir in the pine nuts and dill; season with salt and pepper.
4. Cut a deep "X" into the top of each potato and squeeze together to open. Add 1/2 tablespoon butter to each potato then generously stuff each with the spinach mixture.

Suggested Beverage: Red wine (nothing sweet)

Rachael Ray's Notes: This meal for 4 costs $8.96, takes 15 minutes to prep and takes 50 minutes to cook.

My Notes: I don't really like baked potatoes, but this was really good!! It was also very filling. I ate one large baked potato with 1/2 the topping mixture and was very full. Notice that I said one large potato with 1/2 the topping mixture-- I think that the recipe works with two large potatoes, not four. I just kept the other two baked potatoes and will make breakfast home fries with them.

Tim's Rating: 8.5/10 ("I don't think I've had a baked potato in 10 years, and I didn't think I'd like this, but I do.")
Liz's Rating: 9/10

2 comments:

Linds said...

What a great (and healthy)variation of baked stuffed potatoes. I am looking forward to trying this. Thanks for sharing!

Joan Elenita said...

I love the combination of flavors here - looks great!