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November 8, 2011

Potatoes. Potatoes. Potatoes. And some buffalo chicken!

Cook potatoes once. Enjoy three meals.

Baked potatoes...in the CROCK POT! This is genius, brilliant, and awesome! Click HERE for the "recipe."

So, let's take a look at three meals with this idea. On Friday morning, before heading off to work, load up the crock pot with potatoes. That evening, you have Meal #1: grill up some fish, toss a salad, and use half of those potatoes to make loaded taters with all your favorite toppings (bacon, cheese, sour cream, broccoli, salsa, whatever you fancy!).

Take the rest of the cooked potatoes, unwrap them, put them on a plate, and pop them in the fridge. Then for Saturday brunch you can make Meal #2:

Idaho Sunrise! Cut a slice off the top of the potato, scoop out some of the potato flesh, crack an egg or two into the hole, and top with cheese, meat, veggies, herbs, etc. Click HERE for the recipe. Serve with fresh fruit and you have a complete meal.

Now, you have all that potato you scooped out to hollow the potatoes. What to do with that? Meal #3!

Cheesy Roasted Garlic Potato Balls. Make mashed potatoes with roasted garlic and Gruyere, chill, then roll into balls and fry. Click HERE to see the recipe. Roast the garlic while baking the Idaho Sunrises, mix up the mashed potatoes, and put 'em in the fridge until Sunday. Then make these Potato Balls and you have an appetizer to serve while watching football, or playing cards with friends, or watching movies, or whatever lazy thing you do on Sunday afternoon.

(The Cheesy Roasted Garlic Potato Balls were ok, but nothing to rave about. It's a kinna complicated recipe for something that comes out tasting like exactly what it sounds like - fried mashed potatoes.)

With these Potato Balls, you could also serve...

Buffalo Chicken Bites. Shredded chicken, hot sauce, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese...breaded with cornflakes...and baked. Click HERE for the recipe. This requires quite a bit of work, and creates a ridiculous amount of dirty dishes, but it is SO worth it!  Yumyumyum.  (And it does freeze and reheat well, as the original poster said. Bonus!)

The only change I made to the recipe was that I used only half the amount of cheddar, and I only needed 2 eggs instead of 4 for the breading process. And one word of advice: measure out the crushed cornflakes, and add them a bit at a time to the bowl you are using for breading. When the cornflakes get too damp from the egg, they won't adhere properly. Plus, if you don't need the full amount, it won't be cross contaminated and you can save it for another use.

Potato Balls plus Chicken Bites plus a veggie/fruit tray should count as a meal, shouldn't it? :)

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