"I love combining different foods to see what I can come up with," writes Carolyn Wilson from Lyndon, Kansas. She puts last night's mashed potatoes to delicious use in these slightly crisp golden brown cakes.
"Ever since I bought a pressure cooker, my busy family hasn't had to miss out on otherwise time-consuming suppers," relates Coleen Morrissey. In Sweet Valley, Pennsylvania, she prepares tender cheesy potatoes that soak up flavor from chicken broth and seasonings.
Fancy enough for company, these baked potatoes look like you fussed but are really simple to fix. Our home economists sliced each one into a fan, covering them with cheese, bacon and savory seasonings. (For a quick how-to on creating potato fans, turn to page 50.)
In Warsaw, Indiana, Janice Torrence serves her potatoes southwestern-style with salsa and a little sour cream. "My whole family enjoys this recipe," she relates. "Plus, I can prepare it using cooked chicken that is left over from another meal."
Turn a baked potato into a light meal in minutes with this creamy and delicious tuna topping from Bobby Taylor in Michigan City, Indiana. Serve this tasty twist on twice-baked potatoes with a leafy green salad for a lovely, spur-of-the-minute lunch or late-night supper.
MAKE IT EASY: For make-ahead convenience on busy weekdays, Bobby Taylor suggests you prepare the potatoes, wrap tightly in foil and refrigerate for up to two days. When needed, unwrap and place on a baking sheet in a preheated 350-degree oven for 30 minutes or until heated through.