Whenever hubby grills steaks, it's my job to come up with something good to go with them. I had plenty of beautiful tomatoes and cucumbers for a nice salad, but these were gorgeous steaks and deserved some potato love. I do love potatoes with a good steak, and there's the dilemma. Baked potatoes just don't do much for me unless I
use a bit of butter load them up with butter, and I'm trying to keep our butter consumption down to reasonable levels. (Everything in moderation, right?) I bookmarked this potato recipe on Kayotic Kitchen ages ago but had never tried it.
I knew I wanted potatoes, and I had plenty of lovely fresh basil just calling to me. And the recipe fit my requirements for the evening: #1:Tasty. #2: Lower fat than my normal baked potato. #3: Easy. And it turned out to be all three.
The cheese added some extra fat, but not as much as cheese AND butter would have. And the potatoes were very tasty and went well with the steak. The basil added a lovely touch to the potatoes, and I'll definitely make this again- maybe with some rosemary or thyme to go with grilled chicken.
Herb Baked Potatoes
(This is really more of a method than a recipe)
Potatoes- However many your family will eat, or enough to fill your baking dish! I peeled mine, but this recipe would also work well with unpeeled potatoes.
Herbs- I used about 10 chopped Basil leaves in this dish, but Rosemary or Thyme would also be good.
Milk or fat free half and half- 1/4 to 1/2 cup
Salt and Pepper to taste (but I recommend lots of pepper!)
A Sprinkle of Cheese- Parmesan, cheddar, pepper jack or whatever your favorite is
Wash, peel (or don't peel) and slice potatoes- They don't need to be thin, about 1/4 inch is fine
Arrange potato slices in a buttered casserole dish. (I just had to get some butter in there somewhere, didn't I?)
Sprinkle on the salt to taste, and plenty of pepper. Make sure some of the seasoning gets down between the potatoes.
Whisk together the milk and egg until well combined. Add chopped basil or other herbs as desired.
Pour over potatoes, making sure that the mixture gets in the nooks and crannies between the potatoes.
Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 45 minutes. Remove foil the last 10 minutes of baking to allow potatoes to brown.
Sprinkle cheese (as much as is desired) over the top and broil until browned and bubbly.