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Baked Potato Mediterranean Style

September 7, 2021

Patty James

Crispy skin and packed with flavor. Feel free to get creative! Top with additional veggies and other fresh herbs.

Mealtime: Lunch, Dinner
Cooking time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Active Preparation time: 10 minutes
Number of servings: 4

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 to 2 tsp dried oregano
  • Greek tzatziki sauce, to serve
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley flakes
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted Greek olives
  • crumbled feta cheese, as topping

 

Directions:

 

Step 1:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

 

Step 2:

Wash and scrub the potatoes clean. Dry completely.

 

Step 3:

Poke holes all over the potato using a fork – about 5 to 6 times. Rub the potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt to taste. Arrange the potatoes on a baking sheet, and bake for 1 hour or until potatoes are super soft and fork-tender and the skin is nice and crisp (can take up to 75 minutes).

 

Step 4:

While the potatoes are baking, make the Tzatziki sauce according to your favorite recipe, if using, and prepare the remaining toppings.

 

Step 5:

When the potatoes are ready, remove them from the oven and set them aside to rest for 5 minutes. Slice each open wide, and scoop the potato flesh out into a bowl. Add 1 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper to taste, and dried oregano. Mash with a fork.

 

Step 6:

Now, scoop the mashed potatoes back into the skins. Using your hands, reshape the potatoes if needed, then top with the Tzatziki sauce and the remaining Mediterranean toppings to your liking. Enjoy!

 

Step 7:

Note: Ovens do vary a bit, so your baked potatoes may take anywhere from 1 hour to 75 minutes. You want them to be nice and soft on the inside and for the skin to crisp up nicely. To test, poke a potato in the thickest part with a fork.

 

Options:

Serve with seasoned chicken breast, a green salad, or roasted asparagus as a side dish. Yum!

 

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