There is a restaurant near me called The Purple Foot (named for pressing grapes) and their menu features a wide array of baked potatoes themed for different countries. There’s a French Dream, German Dream, and of course an Irish Dream. Whenever I go there I always order the Irish Dream. So today I thought I’d share my own interpretation of an Irish Dream baked potato! This one plate dish is an entire meal in itself.
My version includes sausage, spinach, broccoli, three cheeses and more yumminess. You can use your favorite sausage – today I’m using Bratwurst because I love it… maybe this is an Irish/German Dream…
:: Ingredients ::
1 Baked Potato
2 Bratwurst Sausages, sliced
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 cup chopped spinach
1/2 cup chopped broccoli
2 Tablespoons crumbled feta
1 Tablespoon shredded parmesan
1 Tablespoon grated cheddar cheese
2 pats of butter
1 teaspoon chopped chives for garnish
:: Step One ::
Using a fork or sharp knife, poke a few holes in potato for steam to vent. Place potato in microwave and cook for 5 minutes. Meanwhile preheat oven (I use my toaster oven) to 400°. Once potato is finished in microwave bake potato for about 12 minutes in the oven.
:: Step Two ::
Saute sliced sausage in a non-stick pan over medium heat. (By using a non-stick pan I don’t need to add extra oil – the sausage will create plenty). Once sausage is browned and cooked through, set sausage aside reserving grease in pan. Continuing over medium low heat, add chopped onions and garlic to pan and saute until onions are just barely beginning to become translucent. Add chopped spinach and broccoli to onions and garlic and cover for a couple of minutes to help the veggies cook through. Once veggies are soft remove top and add feta and parmesan cheese. Stir to help cheese melt into veggies. Add sausage back to pan.
:: Step Three ::
Once potato is cooked, slice in half and score each inside to break up potato. Place a pat of butter on each side and top with sausage veggie mix. Then I like to top with the cheddar and chives for a pop of color.
I hope you give this easy recipe a try. This is my favorite way to bake a potato because I get all the same flavor as a slow baked potato but in less than 1/2 the time!!