‘Coins in the couch’ creation
Sometimes you just want to find something delicious to eat after church without planning and executing a big pot-roasted dinner. Here is one of those ‘coins in the couch’ creations where you craft a meal out of items you foraged from your fridge and pantry. Combining Ciara’s Mexican chorizo and vegetables with my Idaho bakers and some sour cream and cheese, voila!
The juicy, zesty sausage sacue blends with the potato as a colorful palette against the steaming hot meat mixture cooled by the cheese and cream. Creates a ramped up Idaho baker in a cool and spicy sacue combo.
Recipe: Chorizo Crowned Bakers
Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 60 Minutes | Yield: 4 servings | Level: Easy
- 4 large Idaho Baking Potatoes
- 1 Tbsp oil
- 1 med onion, diced
- 1/2 large or 1 small green pepper
- 1 lb of Mexican Chorizo
- 2 medium tomatoes, diced
- salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
- sour cream
1 Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
2 Wash the potatoes and give each a poke with a knife to release steam. Place them in the oven and bake at 425 degrees until when squeezed with an oven mitt, they easily give way and the peel is crusty, about 1 hour.
3 In the meantime, heat a wok or large fry pan on high heat and add the oil. Add the onions and green peppers. Stir fry until they are crisp tender.
4 Squeeze the chorizo out of the skins right into the wok. Stir around with the vegetables breaking it up while mixing.
5 When the sausage is cooked, add the tomatoes and continue to cook just until heated through. Adjust for salt and pepper.
6 Spoon the hot and spicy chorizo sauce mixture over a split baker and top with cheese and a dab of sour cream.
Idaho Bakers are potatoes grown in the fertile soil of Idaho. ‘Idaho’s growing season of warm days and cool nights, ample mountain-fed irrigation and rich volcanic soil give Idaho Potatoes their unique texture, taste and dependable performance.’ When hot out of the oven, split open and gently squeeze for a tasty, fluffy, steaming delicious baked potato. More at IdahoPotato.com
- Exchange chorizo for Italian or Spanish sausage.
- Exchange chorizo for ground beef but add a little crushed red pepper.
- To shorten the potato baking time, cook them for 5-8 minutes in the microwave then transfer to a 450 degree oven for 10-15 minutes to finish baking and add texture to the peel.
- Exchange fresh tomatoes for 1 cup of canned diced tomatoes.
- Exchange green for red, orange or yellow peppers.
- Exchange baked potatoes for rice, pasta or noodles.
Cooking with Sauces
Written: by Helen Horton
Photographs: by Helen Horton
Updated: April 23, 2012