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Garlicky Spinach Baked Potatoes

What you need: 

1 potato
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon dried basil or 1/4 cup fresh basil
2 cups spinach

What you do: 

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F, and bake potato 45 minutes-1 hour, until pokable with a fork but not quite done.
2. Toss garlic in the blender with soy sauce, oil, and basil until minced very small. Add spinach and blend until finely chopped.
3. Take potato out, cut it in half lengthwise. Scoop out the insides and mix them in a bowl with the spinach mixture. Mix it by hand so the potato will be chunky.
4. Scoop this mixture back into the potato skins and put them back in the oven for 30-45 minutes.

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SO HOW'D IT GO?

I made these tonight and they were a hit.  I made a couple of modifications.  I only used half the amount of oil (1/8 cup).  After baking the potatos and scraping them out into a bowl, I added a couple of tablespoons of Earth Balance roasted garlic & herb spread because I felt like that would add some flavor.  It melted very easily in the warm potatos. I also did use fresh basil which I love.  Very yum!!

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Um, no one was all that crazy about these in my house. I figured it would be a hit, everyone likes potatoes and LOVES spinach and garlic, but something about these just did not jive. I used 3 garlic cloves and oregano instead of the basil... and they did smell awesome while cooking, but they ended up tasting kind of bitter.....I'm assuming from the uncooked spinach? Don't think I'll make them again, everyone was quite disappointed.

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;)b The potatoes are in the oven (we cheated and  microwaved them to start, and are finishing them under the broiler).  My 11 year old daughter and I were fighting over the bowl from the spinach-potato goo.  I thought the spinach mixture was so yummy that I wanted to try it as a soup and a salad dressing as well!  I also just eyeballed the ingredients going in... kind of hard to mess up.  I didn't have basil, so I used some italian seasoning instead, and it seemed to go ok, but the fresh basil sounds lovely.  I would recommend using a food processor instead of a blender though because the spinach didn't want to go down at first, so I had to poke at it.  Also one of the garlic cloves somehow escaped the grinding process.  I added cheese for my vegetarian daughter and husband, and am pretty sure they are going to like this one.  If the end product is half as good as what we have tasted so far, we will be making it again. 

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;)b Yummy Nummy! I really liked this! I added lots of spinach and also added some "Follow Your ♥" Mozzarella. Next time, I'll add some garlic salt and more Mozzarella. I got a bit impatient so I should have cooked it longer. I'll use the microwave method like my mom and LadyDArbanville suggested I do. I don't know if it was just that I had a huge potato or that this was really just that filling! It was a meal all in itself.
Thanks!!

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I made these a few hours ago but cut down on a lot of time by just popping the potatoes in the microwave for 5 minutes instead of in the oven for 45. Just poke a bunch of holes in the potatoes with a fork before hand, put in the microwave, slice, and there you go :) Really great flavour.

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Yum, i made these for my mom and me tonight for dinner. They were fantastic! we both loved em, thanks for the recipe! I added a little more garlic, used some EB inplace of the oil and added a little rosemary. I will be making these again.  ;)

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VeganSapien, I am dying to know where you got your dishes! They are simple and beautiful, I love them!! Would you mind sharing where you found them?

Sure...I got them at Target for like 1.98 each.  At first I didn't know what to do with them...but ironically they were just sitting on the counter by the potatoes one day....and I was like, oh yeah, duh, they are shaped just perfect for potatoes....

I've been looking for some beautiful purple dishes, but can't find any.  So, I just keep buying white cuz it all matches and you can just add pieces here and there.  Plus, it is much cheaper to buy a couple things at a time than a whole big set.

BTW, they also have some other cute little flower shaped finger bowls...I gotta stay out of target!

Oh, I know what you mean...Target is my favorite store, but I have to keep away or I'll spend all my money! :-) Thanks for the tip, I'll keep an eye out for them next time I'm there (which, undoubtedly, will be very soon)!!

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VeganSapien, I am dying to know where you got your dishes! They are simple and beautiful, I love them!! Would you mind sharing where you found them?

Sure...I got them at Target for like 1.98 each.  At first I didn't know what to do with them...but ironically they were just sitting on the counter by the potatoes one day....and I was like, oh yeah, duh, they are shaped just perfect for potatoes....

I've been looking for some beautiful purple dishes, but can't find any.  So, I just keep buying white cuz it all matches and you can just add pieces here and there.  Plus, it is much cheaper to buy a couple things at a time than a whole big set.

BTW, they also have some other cute little flower shaped finger bowls...I gotta stay out of target!

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Ooh, I forgot to mention that it seems like a lot of oil!  I don't really know what the purpose of it is....you could easily use half of the oil called for and still have a yummy filling.

VeganSapien, I am dying to know where you got your dishes! They are simple and beautiful, I love them!! Would you mind sharing where you found them?

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