Armadillo Potatoes – Not Just for Company Anymore!

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Armadillo Potatoes

 

Garlicky Armadillo Potatoes – A Fancy Dish that is So Simple

Armadillo Potatoes look amazingly fancy.  Potatoes fan out into a beautiful looking dish, coated in garlic butter, and if you like, with a slice of bacon tucked into some of the slices.  It’s a great dish to serve to guests if you want to impress them, or just have on a special night.  There’s a secret though.  Making these beautiful Armadillo Potatoes is easy.  You read that right!  Armadillo Potatoes are easy to make and perfect for any night of the week.  So don’t save them just for special occasions!

Tips to a Beautiful Presentation of Armadillo Potatoes

Cutting the bakers for Armadillo Potatoes is the trickiest part of making them.  I solved that by using chopsticks to guide my knife, so that I didn’t cut completely through the potato.  It worked like a charm, and I was able to make fairly precise cuts in the potatoes with no mistakes.  I used the back side of a sharp knife to slide the bacon in between the cuts, making the Armadillo Potatoes look really fancy.  The bacon is completely optional though, as you can add flavor through the butter you use.  Flavoring the butter is easy.  I always add some garlic and a few drops of hot sauce, as they add the perfect flavor to the dish.  It’s savory, and just a bit of spice, but not so much that the potatoes are hot.  Flavor the butter up with whatever your family likes, and they are sure to love Armadillo Potatoes.

Armadillo Potatoes – Not Just for Company Anymore!

Armadillo Potatoes – Not Just for Company Anymore!

Ingredients

  • 4 baking potatoes
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 3 drops hot sauce (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pot of water to boiling.
  2. Peel the potatoes and slice nearly through the potato (place chopsticks on either side and slice down to them). Slices should be about ¼ inch thick.
  3. Place the sliced potatoes into the boiling water. Cook for 4 minutes.
  4. Remove from the water and place on a baking sheet.
  5. If using the bacon, slide into the cuts in the potato using the back side of a knife, about every 3rd or 4th cut.
  6. Add the garlic and hot sauce to the butter. Stir well.
  7. Baste the potatoes then place in a 350 degree F oven.
  8. Bake 1 ½ hours, basting every 30 minutes.
  9. When the potatoes are fork-tender in the center, remove from oven. Baste one more time and serve hot.
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Options for Armadillo Potatoes

The options for Armadillo Potatoes are really quite endless.  Try sprinkling them with a good, sharp blue or cheddar cheese.  Add dry ranch mix to the butter before basting for a deliciously zesty take on Armadillo Potatoes.  You can even smother them with pulled pork or beef and have a total meal in one dish.  Use your imagination and make Armadillo Potatoes your own!

 

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