This was one of those dinners that made me feel all down-home and comfort-foody. Love that!
The closest I had ever come to making twice-baked potatoes are the Samosa-Stuffed Potatoes from VCON. Monsieur Fish and Guppy both really like them, they’re quick and easy and they are always a big hit with omnis, so they work well as appies when we have a little soirée. However real, honest-to-goodness born in Betty Crockeresque kitchen in the 1960’s twice-baked taters had never been on my list of things to make. Maybe because I’d never had them before? I have had potato skins – those were considered “party food” when I was little and my mum wanted to make us a special finger-food type meal. But twice-baked potatoes? Nope. Never.
Oh how wrong I was to have neglected such an easy and delightful dish!
Sunday Dinner: Twice-Baked Potatoes, Basic Seitan Crumbles, Roasted Green Beans with sautéed Mushrooms & Onions, and Orange(r) Carrot Coins
These Twice-Baked Potatoes were dangerously good. I mean, hide the left-overs so there will be some left for tomorrow good. Don’t get me wrong, they are not to be considered low-fat or something I will make every week, but they are now in the canon of “comfort foods”. And those Basic Seitan Crumbles? Outta sight! So versatile, they could be used in a myriad many ways – on pizza, over a salad…we ended up sprinkling them on our potatoes like bacon bits. Heaven. The Carrot Coins also scored high on their “not tasting like health food carrots” according to Monsieur F. We were having trouble not having thirds, and fourths…
With the exception of the roasted beanies, this meal was built by Celine and Joni, the goddesses of vegan recipe creations. You’ll have no choice but to pick up a copy of their 500 Vegan Recipes. Ok, you’ll have a choice, but really, you won’t be able to help yourself from wanting all this goodness! Want to see more? Go check out the 500 Vegan Recipes Flickr Group.
While preparing the potatoes for this dinner, I couldn’t help but thinking about my friend Ricki of Diet, Dessert and Dogs, but I couldn’t figure out why. I mean, this wasn’t one of her recipes – though I do use her recieps often! Then it hit me: last year Ricki wrote a very moving post, one of my favourites, and she therein mentions potato boats. This post touched me for many different personal reasons, and so deeply that well over 6 months later I was brought back to her childhood memories as I prepared my meal. As most of you know, Ricki was recently nominated for a blogging award grâce à her beautiful prose. I just wanted to say that award or not, Ricki’s talent, culinary and literary, is undeniable!
Those potatoes sound just heavenly. Thanks for sharing!
Mmmm, a great comfort food meal really hits the spot on cold evenings! I love the thought of decadent potatoes.
ok – i’ll buy the book…. that looks like a perfect meal!
I feel so out of place! What are twice baked potatoes? With all the raves, they do sound like something special.
don’t memories work in funny ways? That’s neat that Ricki’s post was still with you months later.
My husband constantly clamors for twice-baked potatoes, which I never make. He’d love a vegan version.
Looks absolutely delicious, I think those potatoes would go down a treat in my house!
I have never made the samosa twice baked potato, but I should because i loooooove twice baked potatoes. Yum yum.
When I was kid, I lived on those microwavable cheesy twice-baked taters with the swirly tops. I developed a recipe to mimic those for my cookbook, but I can’t wait to try Joni and Celine’s version. They look phenomenal.
I love me some Shelly and some Ricki.
Oh I used to love twice baked potatoes! That was such a classic at my house (just like deviled eggs, bleh). What a great sunday dinner!
Mmmmm…comfort food! Thanks for the link to Ricki’s lovely post. Our Sunday dinner wasn’t blog-worthy this week. Hoping things taste better next weekend 🙂
yay potatoes! i eat one almost every other day.
Your dinner looks awesome! I could eat it in a heartbeat. Grumpy would probably divorce me though…if I tried to give him the crumbles. I am bound and determined to make some veggie meatballs and fool him someday soon!