What Are Some Interesting Filling Ideas for Baked Potatoes?

What Are Some Interesting Filling Ideas for Baked Potatoes?

Some interesting filling ideas for baked potatoes are crabmeat, crackers and Old Bay seasoning; grilled vegetables and sausage; Indian samosa seasonings with peas and cilantro; Thai seasonings with peanuts, coconut milk, broccoli and edamame; and Cajun-style crawfish, celery and peppers. Some simpler mix-in fillings are tzatziki cucumber and yogurt; caraway seeds and onions; and cilantro and lime juice.

To make the crabmeat potatoes, mix together 4 ounces of crabmeat, 1/4 cup of crushed saltine crackers, 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of chopped parsley and 1 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning. Top each baked potato with the mix and broil until the topping is golden brown.

For the samosa-style potatoes, saute 1/2 diced onion, 1 1/2 teaspoons each of curry powder and minced ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon of mustard seeds in olive oil. Scoop out the insides of the halved baked potatoes and mash in a bowl with the onion mixture, 1/8 to 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro, 3/4 cup of cooked peas and 3 tablespoons of butter. Add salt and pepper to taste. Return the filling to the potato skins, top with plain yogurt and serve.

The Thai-peanut recipe uses sweet potatoes. For the filling, fill a blender with 1/2 cup of peanut butter, 1 cup of canned coconut milk, 2 cloves of garlic, 1/2 tablespoon of chopped ginger and 1 tablespoon of soy sauce. Add 1/2 tablespoon each of rice wine vinegar, sugar and crushed red pepper flakes, and the juice of 1 lime. Blend until smooth.

Stuff each cooked potato with steamed bite-sized pieces of broccoli and cooked edamame beans. Top with sauce, peanuts and scallions, and serve.