When I meal plan each week I always try to take into account food items that can be used over two meals, especially with items that you know there will be leftovers of, or dishes that I can cook double the amount and use for a different meal.
One night last week I made homemade chili with cornbread for dinner. The following night, we lit the firepit outside and once the coals were hot, I fire-roasted potatoes, that we could use the leftover chili on to create a completely different dish, along with a variety of other toppings.
To prepare the potatoes:
- Wash the potatoes and pat dry with a clean towel
- Pierce potatoes with a fork
- Brush potatoes with melted butter
- Wrap in aluminum foil
Fire-roasting the potatoes:
- Light a firepit or fireplace until coals are hot
- Place each aluminum foil wrapped potato under the coals
- Cook for approximately 1 hour. Remove a potato carefully using tongs from the coals after about 45 minutes to ensure they are cooking through, you can check them by piercing with a skewer or roasting fork (you will be able to feel if they are still hard inside or whether they are becoming soft).
I placed out an assortment of toppings including:
- Leftover chili (from dinner the evening before)
- Bacon (which I had pre-cooked in the oven on a cookie tray)
- Baked beans (my favorite are Heinz Baked Beans which are generally available at World Market or Fresh & Easy)
- Shredded mild cheddar cheese
- Sour cream
- Chives and green onions
Here are some more topping ideas too:
- Fresh tomatoes (chopped)
- Slices of butter
- Black beans
- Corn kernels
- Grilled sausage slices
- Cream cheese
- Leftovers – such as casseroles, bolognese sauce, meatballs
What toppings do you love on baked or fire-roasted potatoes?
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This looks so yummy Tonya! i want to make it one day!!
Oh wow these look amazing. I wonder if I could manage it in the wood stove.
yum- i love potato bars. this looks so much more appealing
So yummy…Butter, Bacon, Cheese, Sour Cream, mmmmmm