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It sounds like a delicious recipe for a side dish, but to call it a complete meal by adding a salad (basically some water with attitude)? Really? Maybe if you added a chicken breast to the salad, or some beans! After cooking the onions, and skinning and boiling the potatoes, there is almost zero nutritution and astronomical amounts of bad fat. The tiny bit of protein present in the cheeses hardly makes up for it. This is irresponsible journalism, as it leads folks who may not know better to think this is a nutritious cheap meal.
And, plus the fact that potatoes are just not that good to the human metabolism...
It's fattening, but it's not irresponsible journalism. The Strib is probably more guilty of that elsewhere.
Better yet: heat oven to 400F (400F for 35 Min.) when preheating oven lay 1 Lb bacon on a baking tray with raised edges (to prevent grease from dripping into stove) for 13-16 Min. Drain bacon and place on paper towels to drain. Wash and bake 7 large russet potatoes in drained pan used for bacon, Let cool. Cut potatoes in half, scoop them out into a large bowl. Chop up bacon, add to potato in bowl, add about 1 Lb Sharp Cheddar cheese and 4 Oz Fat-Free Sour Cream - mash potatoes and refill skins. top with more cheese if desired and return to 400F oven for 20 Min. Two skins make a decent meal. Serve with steak for a big meal.
On the contrary, I am vegetarian and this is a terrific dish! One might add a green salad with spinach, romaine, etc with tomatoes and carrots. As an American, we eat way too much protein. An occasional meal like this is welcome. I'm handing out reprints to my friends. Bravo!
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