Twice-Baked Potato Bites

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Twice Baked Potato Bites from ItsYummi.com #appetizer #recipe #3SI @landolakesktchn

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I really appreciate simple things in life. Things that don’t require me to think until my brain hurts. Like puzzles with less than 50 pieces, assembly directions with WORDS as well as photos, and ALL WEATHER tires.  Good gravy…Do I look like the kind of girl who’d want to change my tires with the seasons?  Umm… no.
Now that I’ve mentioned it, who really DOES want to change their tires with the seasons?!  Strange people, I suppose.  They exist everywhere.  Or perhaps those bulky weight lifter people.  I suppose lifting a tire for a weight lifter is the equivalent of me picking up a piece of toast.  Hey, to each their own.

 

Twice Baked Potato Bites from ItsYummi.com #appetizer #recipe #3SI @landolakesktchn


Oh, and I also appreciate packaged food products that have less than 8 ingredients AND it’s possible to pronounce all of said ingredients without possessing a Masters degree in biochemistry. SO much simpler (and less fear factor!) It’s one of the reasons that I approve of the use of butter over chemically modified, petroleum based, 15 ingredients of weirdness  margarine.  I just don’t get in to slathering tasteless, greasy calories onto my food when there are tastier, healthier, simpler choices available.  Like Land O’ Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil.  3 simple ingredients… sweet cream, canola oil, and salt.  Period.  Truthfully, the fact that the company has been around for 90 years AND that the sweet cream comes from a farmer-owned cooperative in the Midwest makes me feel a little bit proud to use it.  Really!  I guess I’m just a wholesome, simple girl lovin’ a wholesome, simple product.  Kind of endearing, don’t you think?   :)

So of course, I was super excited when the folks at Land O’ Lakes® contacted me to see if I’d be interested in trying out their spreadable Butter with Canola Oil.  I’ve been using their stick butter products for years, but strangely enough, I’d never tried the spread.  I knew I’d be in for great taste, so of course I said yes!  Then they sweetened the pot by offering some freebies for me AND for you!  What can I say besides THANKS, Land O’ Lakes®… you are AWESOME people!  I’ll give you the details on the giveaway in just a bit.  You’re gonna LOVE it!

Butter with Canola Oil

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Coincidentally, the day I went grocery shopping to pick up my free sample of the butter, I received a shipment from The Pampered Chef.  Inside the box were some of the new Spring/Summer products (being launched on March 1st)
I flipped through the Spring/Summer 2013 Seasons Best recipe collection and the recipe for twice baked potato bites sounded like the PERFECT side dish to make using the Butter with Canola Oil, because like the butter, the recipe ALSO has very few ingredients.  It’s also a dish that is made in less than 10 minutes, so I think it was kismet that the products both arrived at my house on the same day. Oh, and let me tell you, the recipe and the butter I used to make it…they’re a match made in Heaven!

 

Twice Baked Potato Bites from ItsYummi.com #appetizer #recipe #3SI @landolakesktchn

4.9 from 11 reviews
Twice Baked Potato Bites
 
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NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
  • Serves: 20
  • Serving size: 1 half potato
  • Calories: 150
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated fat: 2.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17 g
  • Sodium: 210 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 10 mg
Recipe Category: Appetizer
Cuisine: Potatoes
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Baby red potatoes are baked, then stuffed with a mixture of cheeses, bacon, and spices that is sure to impress your appetite!
WHAT'S NEEDED
  • 4 slices thick cut bacon, cooked & crumbled
  • 10 medium (about 2 1/4 in. diameter) sized red skinned potatoes, unpeeled
  • 2 Tablespoons Land O' Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red chili flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemongrass
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 ounces part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 2 ounces freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 3 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 green onions (scallions), cleaned, trimmed, and green ends thinly sliced
HOW TO MAKE IT
  1. Cut potatoes in half crosswise. Carefully scoop out a 1/2-inch deep well from the center of each potato half (such as Pampered Chef item #1176 "Core & More")
  2. Arrange potato halves, well side up, into a microwave safe pan (such as PC item #1342 "Small Ridged Baker")
  3. Using a pastry brush, apply the melted to the tops of the potato halves and sprinkle with the sea salt, chili flakes and lemongrass.
  4. Cover potatoes with parchment paper or microwaveable safe paper toweling. Microwave on high power for 8-10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
  5. While potatoes are baking, shred and grate the cheeses (I used PC item #1277 "Rotary Grater")
  6. In a Small Batter Bowl (PC item #2233) combine cheeses, bacon, remaining tablespoon of salt, mayonnaise, and sour cream.
  7. Remove dish from microwave when potatoes are tender and use a small scoop or spoon to scoop cheese evenly into potato halves. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH power for 2 minutes, or until cheese mixture is melted.
  8. Remove pan from microwave and sprinkle with thinly sliced scallions
IMPORTANT INFO!
Recipe adapted from "Twice-Baked Potato Bites" as written in The Pampered Chef product #1962; "Season's Best" recipe collection (Spring/Summer 2013)

THE GIVEAWAY ENDED ON 2/25/13

So I mentioned a GIVEAWAY, and HERE IT IS!

Enter the Land O Lakes Giveaway on ItsYummi.com #3SI #Giveaway

The nice folks at Land O’ Lakes gave me these great goodies, and they’re giving one away to a lucky It’s Yummilicious reader as well!

GIVEAWAY “Fine Print”:

  1. This giveaway is only open to residents of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.  I apologize to my International friends!
  2. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with, endorsed, promoted, or supported by Facebook.
  3. This giveaway will be open for entries from midnight EST, February 20 through 11:59 pm EST February 24, 2013
  4. The winner of the giveaway will be notified via EMAIL, using the email address submitted with their entry, and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected.

Disclosure: I received a free product coupon and a gift package from Land O’Lakes, including multi-purpose spreaders, a cutting board, and multi-tier oven rack  in exchange for recipe development and review of  Land O Lakes® Butter with Canola Oil.   All opinions are my own.

ENTRY RULES

  1. To receive an entry into this drawing, leave a comment on this blog post, including your answer to BOTH of these two questions:
  2. “Have you ever used Land O’ Lakes products before?  If YES, which is your favorite?
  3. What’s your favorite recipe to make that uses butter?

I will select a winner at random, using a random number generator.  The winner will be notified via email and also announced on my FACEBOOK PAGE

If you’re interested in learning more about products from The Pampered Chef, my Facebook page can help you with that as well!

 

Comments

  1. Kathy Torkelson says

    Honestly, I think I’ve bought LOL whipped butter in the past, but usually buy whatever stick butter is on sale or I have a coupon for. I have not heard of this butter, so thank you, Becca for showcasing it for us! In excited to give it a shot…and to have great tasting toast without typing the toast to bits trying to spread it! (or having to leave my stick butter out of the fridge).

    My favorite things to make with butter…Grandma’s snowball cookies! And cheese ravioli with roasted asparagus in a melted garlic butter sauce!! Thank you for considering me! (The oven racks are intriguing!)

  2. Karen says

    Yes! I use Land O Lakes butter daily, from oatmeat to cinnamon toast, baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, vegetables, browning meats, bechemel and other sauces etc. I even put a dab of butter in my marinara sauce to make it creamy!

    It would be difficult to pick just one recipe! But I’m going to say cream/buttermilk/butter bisquits. Must have butter in dough and melted on top of freshly cooked steamy creamy biscuit!
    Preheat 500 degrees
    Mix:
    2 cups self-rising flour shopping list
    1/8 teaspoon baking soda
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons sugar
    4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) COLD unsalted butter cut into small dime size pieces
    Add:
    3/4 cup buttermilk
    1/2 cup heavy cream
    Mix gently, do not overmix!
    spoon dough balls from mixture
    dredge in 1/2 cup all purpose flour
    Place them on cookie sheet
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted to brush on top after they are cooked

    Bake 500 degrees for 5 minutes, then drop to 475 for 15-17 minutes.
    Remove from oven & brush with butter, let sit for 5 minutes, eat up. With honey…oh my!

  3. Carrie Gregory says

    First let me say love the site!!
    Yes I haved use land o lakes before though its been a while, love the cinnamon spread.

    Favorite thing to make is cookies!!

  4. Tammy Seigle says

    Yes I have used land o lakes products.
    1) The grandkids love when I make them toast with the cinnamon sugar spread. I like their butter.
    2) Favorite recipe is chocolate chip cookies. Yum Yum!!

    Thank you for a chance to win!
    Tammy

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