Monday, July 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Rich!

Last Friday was Richard's ##th birthday - guy's gotta have a few secrets! So of course I have to make him some of his favorite meals - and this is definitely one of them. Surf and Turf - with a twice baked potato and some sauteed beet greens. Steak was a Prather grilled rib-eye and I got frozen lobster tails from the local grocery Big John's. We split them down the middle and drizzled with melted butter with a little garlic and lemon juice then grilled. Oh yeah.

Twice Baked Potatoes serves 2, with a little left over

2 large Idaho baking potatoes
1 tablespoon each olive oil and butter
1/4 cup finely diced onion
1/2 cup chopped ham (one thick cut piece of smoked ham)
1 egg yolk
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup shredded swiss cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan
bit of freshly grated nutmeg

Scrub and bake the potatoes at 375 degrees for about an hour or until tender. Let cool. Meanwhile saute onions in the olive oil and butter about 7 min. Add the ham and cook until browned another 5 min. Set aside in a large mixing bowl. When cool add the egg, cream, cheeses and mix together. Cut the tops off of the potatoes then scoop out the cooked potato into the mixing bowl and mash it all together. Season to taste. Spoon the mixture back into the shells - at this point there will be some leftover so set it aside in a little baking pan. Bake the potatoes at 375 degrees for about 20 min - or until bubbly.

UPDATE: I just found the original recipe that I adulterated for this one and remembered that it had sautéed mushrooms with a bit of red wine to reduce them added! Yum. 


  1. And all this time, I thought Surf and Turf was catfish and a bologna sandwich. It looks very good.

  2. That sounds almost as good - not!

  3. That was an old joke from Richard's granddad. Your presentation is just superior. We had a wonderful mix of food on our trip. Had dinner with an Amish family which was unforgettable. The food at the Amana Colonies was fabulous also.