May 29, 2012

Twice Baked Potatoes with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Feta

I've lamented over side dishes before.  About half the time, they are an after-thought for me.  I know we need something besides just chicken (or whatever) but rarely am I excited about whatever that may be.  It's usually a salad, a vegetable, potatoes, rice, cous cous, blah.  Nothing to just up and down over.

James loves twice baked potatoes and I don't make them very often because come on, you have to have the foresight to bake them and then take the time to bake them again. Psh...I love that man but I want dinner on the table in a timely manner.  ;)

Well duh.  I finally realized that if I didn't think far enough ahead to bake some potatoes, I could just throw them in the microwave!  It's a miracle!  Cooked potatoes in a fraction of the time it would take to bake them in the oven.

Once I realized that, my mind was reeling with possibilities.  The lovely people at Bella Sun Luci contacted me about featuring their sun-dried tomatoes in a recipe and I said sure! Sun-dried tomatoes are always a welcome addition around here.  So off I went.  I combined the insides of the potatoes with sun-dried tomatoes, cream cheese, feta, and scallions.  Let me tell you, the combination was perfection.  Creamy, tangy, and savory all at the same time.  Delicious.

The sun-dried tomatoes from Bella Sun Luci were moist and so full of flavor.  I loved the dry packed version the best but every single item that I tried from this company was delicious!!  I have so many more ideas for their sun-dried tomatoes!!

Giveaway Information:
Bella Sun Luci (Mooney Farms) is sponsoring a giveaway to 2 readers of an awesome assortment of their sun-dried tomato products.  The prize will include several types of sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, and other great items!  All you have to do is Like their Facebook page and then come back here and leave a comment with your favorite sun-dried tomato recipe or idea. I'm always looking for more ways to use these beauties!

Giveaway will close on Thursday, May 31, at 12:00 pm EST.  Winners will be chosen at random and contacted by the next day.   Giveaway is now closed.

Twice Baked Potatoes with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Feta
Printable Version
Serves 2

2 medium baking potatoes
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
1 heaping tbsp. crumbled feta cheese
1 scallion, thinly sliced
~¼ cup milk (more or less as needed)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
~¼ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Parsley, for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Using a fork, poke several holes in the raw, clean potatoes. Place in microwave on a microwave safe plate and cook for about 7 minutes, until a fork inserts and removes easily. Carefully cut in half to make long potatoes halves and allow to cool enough to work with.
2. Once potatoes are cool enough to handle, carefully remove the insides of the potatoes to a bowl, leaving a thin border to keep the skins stable. Place skins on a baking sheet and sprinkle with kosher salt. Set aside.
3. Combine the potato with the cream cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, feta, and scallions. Mash to desired consistency. Add milk as necessary. (The mixture should be a little wetter than normal mashed potatoes.) Season with salt and pepper.
4. Spoon potato mixture into potato skins and top with shredded cheese. Bake for about 15 minutes in preheated oven, until cheese is melted and beginning to brown. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Good Thymes & Good Food original recipe


The Home Cook said...

I liked their Facebook page. This recipe sounds pretty darn good but I saw a different recipe for pasta with sundried tomatoes recently that I want to make. Or a sundried tomato pesto. So many choices. 

Hezzi-D said...

I liked their facebook page.  I love sun-dried tomatoes in vegetable quiche and also in pasta along with spinach.

Allthingsyummyforfoodies said...

I liked them on Facebook. I like sundried tomato pesto smothered on crostini. So so good.

Melissa@IWasBornToCook said...

I liked them on FB.  I love sundried tomatoes in pasta and on pizza!

Hannah Potter said...

I like sun-dried tomatoes on pizza (especially white pizza) or tossed in pasta.

Qrtermile said...

Sun-dried tomatoes, red wine salamie, fresh basil, pasta, cheese, maybe some red peppers, and garlic....  MMMM good...  I checked out thier Fb page too..  Never thought about sun-dried tomatoes in my spuds..  Great idea...

manda said...

I liked them!!! I like to rehydrate the tomatoes in a little bit of oil and then use them on a salad or sandwich!

Great giveaway!

Amy Miknis said...

I liked their Facebook page!  I'd love to try a sundried tomato pesto - I don't think I've ever had a non-green pesto before!

Kate S. said...

I liked the page. Sundried tomatoes are great over baked chicken marinated in honey dijon dressing.

Mjhoss said...

I enjoyed watching the Mooney Family video. My summer salad would not be
the same without the sundried tomatoes.

My Summer Salad

12 oz. pkg. Bowtie Pasta

14 oz. can Whole Kernal Corn

4 oz. Sundried Tomatoes in oil chopped

1 c. Chopped Broccoli

15 oz. can Chick Peas drained

1 medium Yellow Onion chopped

1 Tsp. Minced Garlic

1 medium Bell Pepper chopped

1/4 c. Parsley chopped

1/4 c. Basil chopped

Salt, Pepper, Cheyenne to taste

1/2 c. shredded Parmesan Cheese

1/4 c. Balsamic Vinegar

Boil pasta and drain

Chop onion, green pepper, and garlic broil 10 minutes

In a large bowl combine corn, tomatoes with oil, chick peas, broccoli and

Add roasted peppers, onion, garlic and cheese

In a cup combine vinegar, parsley, basil, salt, pepper and cheyenne

Pour over ingredients in bowl chill, serve and enjoy!

Julie said...  like to try this recipe from their site
like on  fb Julie A Scott Laws thanks

Cindy said...

How to make your own sundried tomatoes. Click for more information.


leeshink said...

i enjoyed watching.

Lee Shin

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