Pizza Potatoes

Need a super easy, fun, fast, kid pleasing dinner? If you're not an asshole, the answer is YES๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผ.  This JESScipe is essentially idiot proof, or as I love to say, "a ๐Ÿต could make it." Sarrah, that was for you๐Ÿ™Š. I needed a quick, yummy dinner for my girls last week. Voila; pizza potatoes ๐Ÿ•. I mean, you had me at ๐Ÿ•.

I had some leftover baked potatoes from the night before. I sliced them in half lengthwise, scooped out the flesh (ewwww, so Silence of the Lambs), filled them with two different sauce and cheese combinations, then baked them for a few minutes. My daughters thought I was a Michelin award winning chef. At the very least, I felt like I could work in Jimmy Pesto's restaurant on "Bob's Burgers". I hope for your sakes that you get that reference; that is one of the best shows on tv.

I used classic combos of marinara sauce and cheddar, and another of pesto and mozzarella. It was easy layering of cheese, sauce, cheese, topped with a drizzle of olive oil to crisp up the tops. No utensils needed๐Ÿด, this is like a mini potato calzone. You probably have most of these ingredients on hand:

  • Large Idaho baking potatoes
  • Shredded cheddar
  • Shredded mozzarella
  • Marinara sauce
  • Pesto sauce.

Preheat oven to 400. Rub whole potatoes with olive oil and a sprinkling of kosher salt. Cover with foil, bake until soft. Check by piercing with a sharp knife. Let cool. Easier if you bake the potatoes in advance! When cool enough to handle, cut in half length wise. Fork out the flesh (barf). Can totally be used for any of your mashed potato needs. In the dug out wells of the potatoes, layer your cheeses and sauces, ending with cheese. Drizzle with olive oil. Put back in the oven and bake until golden brown. Sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes and oregano on top, just like in the pizza store. Eat with hands. Burp. Have another. Whoever said Jewish and Italian mothers are alike was rightโœ”๏ธ.