November 16, 2011

Top That!


Have you ever had leftovers that you didn't know what to do with?  One great rule of thumb is to always ask yourself, would this be good on top of a baked potato?
If you think about it, most things that you eat with potatoes as a side (mashed, roasted, or fried) could double as a baked potato topper and make for a great leftover meal.
Tonight’s dinner was just that.  Leftover pulled pork (from the freezer) heated up and piled high on a baked potato topped with reduced fat cheese and sour cream.  Delish!

Here are some other great potato topping ideas with leftovers:

  • Mexican Potato: taco meat, refried/black beans, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream
  • Chili/Sloppy Joe Potato: cheese and sour cream
  • Beef Stew Potato
  • Greek Potato: marinated chicken, green pepper and onion with lemon juice spritzed on top.
  • Broccoli, Chicken and Cheese Potato: with cream of chicken and wine “gravy”
  • Pizza Potato: Turkey pepperoni, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese
  • Chicken Fajita Potato: chicken, red onions, bell peppers, cheese, salsa, sour cream
    Also try reduced fat salad dressings or brown gravy on top of a potato instead of sour cream for extra flavor.


Pulled Pork Baked Potato

Print this recipe!

2 baking potatoes

Pulled pork (homemade or pre-packaged, such as Llyod’s)

Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese

Reduced Fat Sour Cream

BBQ sauce (additional if needed)


1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Scrub potatoes under running water.  Pierce with a fork or sharp knife so the potato will be able to release steam as it bakes.

2.  Drizzle approximately 1 T of olive oil on the potatoes and sprinkle skin with Garlic Salt and Lowry’s Seasoning Salt, or other seasonings of your choice.  This makes for the best potato skin EVER!

3.  Place baked potatoes directly on the oven rack and bake for 1 hr.  To check for doneness, slide a knife in the potato.  If it comes out cleanly without resistance, they are ready.  Take out of the oven and let cool for about 10 minutes.

4.  While potatoes are resting, heat pulled pork.

5.  Make a slit in the potato and squeeze the ends to open it up.  Place pulled pork in the center.  Top with cheese.  Place on a small baking sheet and put back into the oven to melt (about 5 minutes).

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6.  Take out and top with more BBQ sauce and/or sour cream.

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