Martian Food
Sep 18, 2015

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6 large baking potatoes, unpeeled and scrubbed
1 Tbs. butter
1 tsp. salt
Dash pepper
⅓ cup 2% milk
dry minced onions


Preheat oven to 450°F. Bake potatoes 60 minutes or until tender when poked with a fork.

With sharp knife, holding potato in clean pot holder, slice, lengthwise, top fourth from each potato. Do not let the potatoes cool (hence the pot holder). With spoon, carefully scoop out potato to form 6 shells. It is more important to keep the shell intact than to remove all potato from the shell. Scrape potatoes from top quarter and discard tops (or save them to make potato skins if you're feeling very 70's.)  Put scooped out potatoes into a large bowl.

In potato bowl, first add in the butter, cut into smaller pieces, so it melts, then add the salt to taste (amount will vary depending on how many potatoes you have and how big they are) and the pepper. Add a bit of milk and start mixing at a low speed with mixer. Slowly add more milk, beating until smooth.

Pile mashed potato mixture back into shells. Sprinkle with onions; place potatoes on a cookie sheet or glass baking dish and bake for 10 minutes or until golden.


We usually make these potatoes ahead of time (up to several hours before eating), and refrigerate them until ready to bake.  At that point, reheat them in a 350° oven for about 30 minutes.

If you have a favorite mashed potato recipe, feel free to use that, but don't forget the dried minced onion!  You can find it with the spices at the grocery store.

We always serve these with Pat's Chicken.  The sauce from the chicken is really good mixed with the potatoes.

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