Paul is a rice man and I’m a potato girl. He’ll eat potatoes and I’ll eat rice, but we do have our preferences. Now, take a baked potato and load it up with all kinds of delicious goodness and I’m in potato heaven! This particular recipe is only one of several favorites and I plan to make each one and share them all with you. Potatoes are so versatile and since they don’t have a dominate flavor, you can doctor them up just about any way you want.
For my lunch, I was in the mood for sauteed onions and peppers, topped with ham and dressed with my Homemade Ranch Dressing. And I’m here to tell you it was lip smacking good!
Here’s how I make them.
Loaded Baked Potato with Ham
First bake some good size potatoes. Mine will run around 10-12 ounces, but any size you like will work just fine. For more details on baking potatoes, check out my post on How to bake potatoes!
For making sauteed onions and peppers, I like to figure about 1/2 of a medium onion per baked potato. So, just cut it in half and slice it up.
With the natural layers of the onion, they’ll break apart into skinny pieces. Throw them into a skillet with a little oil over medium low heat. Add a little salt and pepper and saute’ the onions until they are soft and turning a golden color. I prefer not to let them turn black, so if it looks like they’re cooking too fast, just drop the heat a few notches closer to low. This will take 5-7 minutes or so.
For bell peppers, I like to use about 1/4 of a pepper per baked potato. It’s your loaded potato, so you can add as much or little as you wish! Make it your own! Saute’ another 3-4 minutes until they are of desired tenderness.
For plating purposes, I’m showing half a potato here. I like to break up the flesh of the potato with a fork and let some fall onto my plate. This allows a little extra room for the Homemade Ranch Dressing and all the goodies.
First start with about a Tablespoon or two of the Homemade Ranch Dressing so it can drip down inside. Since the dressing and sauteed vegetables already have salt and pepper, I don’t add any to the potato directly.
Then load up the sauteed onions and peppers.
Topped with some diced ham.
And if you’re like me, top it all with a bit more Homemade Ranch Dressing! I’m here to tell you, this dressing is the best!
Here’s what mine looks like…
But this is probably prettier…
Here’s the printer friendly recipe.