Not being one for wasting time in the kitchen, one of my favorite tricks is to make more than I need of a particular item and then repurpose it in several different ways.
One of my favorite items to do this with as of late are baked potatoes.
Baked potatoes take so little hands-on time. Simply throw them in a hot oven (don't even need foil!) and set a timer for about an hour.
Running out of time to bake potatoes? Wash them, pierce several times with a knife or fork, and wrap in a damp paper towel. Microwave 5-6 minutes or until tender. That is a great method to use when repurposing potatoes!
Let's walk through four ways to repurpose these seemingly simple and boring baked potatoes.
1. Breakfast (or any meal really!) potatoes are my new favorite! Simply heat a skillet over medium heat, add in 3 Tbsp butter or coconut oil, and slice the potato width-wise into 1/8" pieces. They WILL fall apart and the skin will get everywhere - that is what you want! Add it to the skillet with a generous layer of salt. Do not cover. Cook 6-8 minutes or until crispy. Add in any other spices of choice and serve along side eggs and bacon or any meal of choice.
3. Throw them into a hash! Either use the hash from my Breakfast Made Simple ebook (receive it by signing up for emails on the main page of the blog!) or by following these steps:
Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add 2 Tbsp butter or coconut oil. Dice an onion and pepper and add to the skillet. Add a layer of salt and pepper to the skillet. Cook covered, stirring occasionally, until tender. Medium dice the cooked potato and set aside. Add in 1lb of ground pork or meat/sausage of choice. Cook covered, stirring occasionally, until the meat is almost cooked through. Add in the diced potato and heat through, adding another layer of salt if needed. Serve with a fried egg.
4. Make my Crispy Potatoes with Sea Salt and Chives! Since the potatoes are cooked, this recipe will take a quarter of the time.
All of these recipes could be made using sweet potatoes, golden potatoes, or even red potatoes! Feel free to get creative beyond the basic russet potato.
Plus, potatoes are cheap, making any of these recipes a great way to save. Enjoy!