Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cheezy Baked Potato with Bacon Seitan

Recipe by Georgianne Kamberos Simons

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I am on a total potato kick.  I'll share with you one of my favorite time saving tricks for the week.  When I get back from my weekly grocery shopping, I heat up the oven and throw in a few potatoes to bake for an hour or so.  Then I let them cool and store them in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator. That way, I have a quick, healthy, and filling meal option to spruce up for the week. It's a great time saver.


Inspired by Upton's new Bacon Seitan, I wanted a loaded baked potato, and quick!  If you bake your potatoes in advance, this is a really quick dinner option with a nice green salad!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 slices Upton's Naturals Bacon Seitan
  • 2 baked potatoes
  • For the sauce:
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds OR 2 Tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • salt to taste
  • chives (optional)


Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Scrub potatoes and poke holes with a fork.  Place in a large glass baking dish or on a pan with parchment paper.  Bake for approximately an hour depending on size.  (I like to check after 45 minutes, seeing how easily a knife slides into the potato).  When the potato is soft enough to easily poke a knife into, it is done.  This step can be done ahead of time, and the potato can be reheated.
  3. To make the sauce, add all ingredients to a blender and combine.  (If you aren't using chia seeds, you can skip this step).  Transfer to a small saucepan and heat gently over medium-low heat, constantly stirring.  Add a bit of salt, and taste to see if the flavors are to your liking.  Adjust accordingly.  Sauce will thicken up.  Keep a close eye so sauce doesn't burn and stick to the pan.  It will turn bitter if this happens.
  4. While heating sauce, you can fry up your slices of Bacon Seitan with a small bit of oil.  When the Bacon Seitan is crisp to your liking, remove it from your pan and chop into bite size pieces.
  5. Assemble potato by cutting the center open and pouring a generous amount of sauce over it.  Sprinkle with Bacon Seitan bits and chopped chives.

Enjoy!