Side dish

Sprucing Up The Baked Potato

Often it’s easy to find a great new main dish, but do you tend to get into a rut with your side dishes?  Green beans, corn and baked potatoes can get a little old if they’re not “spruced” up a bit! Let me share two of my favorite ways to fix a potato in the oven.

Potato Wedges

Potato Wedges


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup Italian-seasoned bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 4 medium unpeeled potatoes (about 1-1/2 pounds)


  1. Spread oil in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Combine the next five ingredients in a large plastic bag. Cut each potato lengthwise into eight wedges. Place half of the potatoes in the bag; shake well to coat. Place in a single layer in pan. Repeat with remaining potatoes.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until tender, turning once after 25 minutes. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Another delicious potato wedge is the Potato Skin.  If I’m in need of something in about 20 minutes, this is my go-to!

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Potato Skins

4 Baking potatoes, washed
Melted Butter
Sea salt

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Bake the potatoes in the microwave until tender.

Cut into wedges and place flesh side down on a baking sheet.  Brush skins with melted butter and sprinkle with Sea salt. Place in oven for about 5-7 minutes.

Turn potatoes over and brush flesh with butter and paprika.  Return to oven and bake 5-7 minutes, or until crispy.

Serve With sour cream.

I love a good potato, and both of these are great accompaniments to a great main dish!  Do you have a favorite way you fix potatoes fast?

With love from my country kitchen,



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