Meatless Fridays: Potato Eggs

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Barbara Stein

Barbara Stein

Editor’s note: Today, we welcome Barbara Stein to our family as a part of our growing “Meatless Fridays” team. Barbara blogs at prayingforgrace.blogspot.com and blessusolord.blogspot.com – we’re thrilled to have her here to share her gifts. Do you love cooking? Email Lisa to become a part of Meatless Fridays! LMH

This recipe intrigued me, just by looks alone. Potatoes and eggs go great together, but an egg cooked in a potato? Really intriguing. Essentially it is similar to a twice-baked potato, but with a hole created in the filling where an egg is cracked and baked. The recipe called for sausage, but I omitted it to make a meatless meal. It would be delicious with sausage, but also with ham or bacon, for a Sunday brunch. I am listing the recipe as I made it below, but if you have ever made twice-baked potatoes, you know you really don’t need a recipe. Bake the potatoes, cut off the top, scoop out much of the potato leaving a thin shell, mash potatoes with butter, parmesan cheese, sour cream or cream cheese, or a little milk and some shredded cheddar or Swiss. The combinations are endless — adding meat or not — just keep the potato mixture rather firm so that it holds the well needed to crack the egg into.

I cooked for four of us, but essentially use one potato, one tablespoon butter, 2 tablespoons shredded cheese, and even two tablespoons of chopped meat (diced ham, cooked sausage or bacon), plus one egg for each person.

Serve with toast or biscuits, and some fresh fruit.

Potato Eggs

Potato Eggs

Potato Eggs

4 baking potatoes, scrubbed, pierced, and rubbed lightly with oil
1/4 c. butter, softened
salt and pepper
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
4 eggs

Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

Bake potatoes for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until done.

Remove from oven and cool for about 15 minutes.

Cut off the top of potato, creating a “boat.” Scoop potato out of potato and place in a bowl. Repeat with each potato. Add butter and mash potato with a masher until no longer lumpy. Salt and pepper mixture and then add cheese (or other optional ingredients). Stir until well mixed. Spoon potato mixture back into potatoes, dividing among them. Place potatoes in a baking dish, lined with foil, or greased lightly. Make a well in each potato, and crack and egg into each well (depending on size of egg it may overflow slightly — that’s alright).

Place baking pan back in 400 degree oven and cook for 10-15 minutes, depending on desired doneness. Salt and pepper to taste.

Copyright 2013 Barbara Stein

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Barbara is a Catholic wife of 30 years and mother to four children, and a daughter-in-law, living in central Ohio. A former homeschooler, now owner of two Etsy shops, she enjoys spending her days praying, cooking, knitting, sewing, quilting, making rosaries, and reading. Barbara loves our Church and living the liturgical year, celebrating the lives of great saints, and cooking for their feast days and holy days. Visit her blog, prayingforgrace.blogspot.com and her Etsy Shop, Mary Devotions.

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