Recipe: Loaded Roasted Potatoes/ Comfort food

There is always that one dish. The one that either transports you back to a kid, eating Grandmas special cake. Maybe it is something your Momma made you every time you felt sick.  That is comfort food.

Comfort food is usually not best for ya. Sometimes you just need that something when life gets you down. It can truly be a pick me up. Something on that rainy day. Even that one late night snack that hits the spot just right.

I have fond memories of my Grandma giving me Celestial Seasonings, Sleepy time tea with honey. She would make me a nice warm cupful when I would spend the night. To this day when I make a cupful at night I think of her.

As a child I was kind of a picky eater and would have to sit and eat  all on my plate. As I got older I have memories of many meals where I would not eat the meat and my cousin and I would just eat the potatoes. That must be where my love of all that is potato began. Since I am so weird with meat, potatoes are always safe and yummy. 

One of those comfort foods for me is for sure potatos. God help me I just love me potatoes!!!! I especially love roasted potatoes. Day old even.  If you smother them with goodies that is even better.

Lucky for me I had some leftover steak that was cooked after marinading in my Uncle’s Jack Daniel sauce. Sorry folks I will not be sharing that family recipe as death would probably come swiftly for me.  But, I will give you the tried and true recipe for my ultimate comfort food Loaded Roasted Potatoes. It is so easy. It is so yummy. Darn there is never any leftovers. Because, I cannot help myself as I make a nice size portion for me and reluctantly share the rest with the family.

I used to be intimated by roasting vegetables. Don’t know the exact reason. But, one thing I learned is potatoes need more than you would think of salt. For some reason it just is not right without enough. In the beginning I found the easiest way to roasting potatoes.  I started out with was just using Lipton Onion soup mix with olive oil.  But as I tried to move away from packaged foods I eventually went for it and actually used spices on my own and roasted potatoes. They were a hit still. So no more packaged mixes there. Free from all the chemical additives. I know they taste good. I just have such eating remorse afterwards. It is better all around to do it from scratch.

Loaded Roasted Potatoes

8 – 1o med sized Yukon Gold potatoes

1 tsp salt

ground black pepper (approx 1/4 tsp)

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp onion powder

1 Tbl Italian seasoning

1/4 cup olive oil

shredded cheese

diced green onion

sour cream (Horizon is the BEST)

leftover finely chopped up steak or cooked crumbled bacon

Preheat oven to 425

1. After washing potatoes. Dry them before chopping.  Cut the potato into half and chop into small 1/2 inch pcs. Try to keep them as close to the same size as you can to ensure even cooking.

2.  Toss potato chunks in the spices. Then add olive oil.

3. sprinkle a little oil on cooking sheet pan and spread it around. Dump potato mix onto sheet.

4. Cook for approx. 30 min. Turn down temp 350

5. sprinkle with shredded cheese and chopped up meat. Return to oven just until cheese is melted.

6. Remove from oven plate portions and dollop with sour cream then sprinkle with green onion.

7. ENJOY!!

Momma Says:  Potatoes are perfect food, it can be mashed, baked, fried, boiled and roasted. (and adored as I do) It is no wonder on average we each eat 73lbs per year! ( from wikI)

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  1. Jenn says:

    Oh goodness this looks so good! And I happen to have some potatoes on hand…….I’m thinking this must happen soon!

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