Garlic Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

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Garlic Parmesan Crusted Potatoes

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I have a LOT of food blogger friends. Not just friends that you write to on facebook and blogs, but friends that you wish you could hang out with if they lived closer. One of those friends is Monica Mooney, whom I fondly refer to as Moondoggie. She has the food blog, Sweet Heat Chefs, and I think she is wonderful. We belong to a food group where we talk and laugh and cry and talk about all kinds of personal stuff with no judgement, stuff we can talk about such as our blogging, or how do we get more followers or how do you like this recipe or my kid got an award today. I can’t wait for the day when we can all get together and share a meal and a big bottle of something!! These friends mean a lot to me, like a pen pal but in a group and way better!
So, Chris ( or as I fondly call her Pickles~ yes I fondly have nicknames for the friend’s I love) from Foodthoughtsofawannabechef Blog came up with a brilliant idea to have a food ingredient swap, a secret swap with our Foodie Group. We all chose an ingredient from our local area and were given a secret friend to send the ingredient to. Monica was given me as her secret swapper…..lucky me!!!…. and she sent me a wonderful Zesty Garlic Seasoning, For Cooking and Dips, All Natural, no salt or sugars, from Bittersweet Herb Farm. Ingredients are: parsley, garlic, chives, onion, lemon peel, herbs and spices. Well I was thrilled that Monica was my secret pal, she sent it to me in the greatest card, I swear the card burst open with the sunshine that she sent me , it was raining that day in Maine by the way, but not after that! Inside she wrote how excited she was that I was her secret pal, see what I mean?? I am crazy about Moondog, she is a wonderful person, she can make me spit my coffee all over my computer screen in a split second with her witty comments, I know she will have words of wisdom to bestow upon me or just a great joke!

So I have been wanting to make these amazing, drool worthy, Parmesan Crusted Potatoes that I saw on my friend’s facebook page. Ann, from The Fountain Ave Kitchen’s blog, is a fabulous cook and everytime I see these potatoes posted on facebook, I say I really want to try them, they looked simple to make and really delicious. Well guess what?? They really are, plus I sprinkled the Zesty Garlic Seasoning over the cheese before I placed the potatoes face down to bake. OOOOh! You are going to love this recipe. See what happens when you have such great friends? Great recipes are made!! Thank you Moondog for my Zesty Garlic Seasoning gift and thank you Ann for always having such amazing recipes, you know how I love the easy one’s!! Thank you Pickles for coming up with another fantastic idea!!

Garlic Parmesan Crusted Potatoes
Recipe:
Serves 4
4 medium baking potatoes, halved lengthwise ( I used Maine White Potatoes)
2 ½ tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 TBSP Zesty Garlic Seasoning
½ teaspoon kosher or sea salt
 and a few turns of the pepper mill
Chives, optional
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Coat the bottom of a 13×9-baking dish with the olive oil, and then evenly distribute the grated Parmesan over the olive oil. Sprinkle Zesty Garlic Seasoning over the cheese. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
Place the potato halves, cut side down, on top of the cheese mixture and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the potatoes are very tender when pierced with the tip of a knife. Precise baking time will depend on the thickness of your potatoes.
Cool for five minutes before serving. Remove to a platter with a metal spatula, and garnish with snipped chives, if desired. Leftovers are equally delicious reheated in the oven or eaten cold, my son will attest to this!

Recipe from The Fountain Avenue Kitchen

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47 comments

  1. bakinginatornado says:

    Wow, that sounds so much like the Secret Subject Swap I’ve been running for 7 months. Looks like you had a lot of fun. I’m a big fan of Monica’s too!

  2. zoe says:

    Hi Lynette you are making me miss Maine potatoes sooo much Ran & i always try to explain to folks how special maine potatoes are — they are better I guess because of the earth MIss You

    & potatoes too!

  3. Ann says:

    Great post, Nettie, and I am so glad you enjoyed the potatoes with the added bonus of your secret ingredient! What a perfect addition! I bet those Maine potatoes are something special, too: )

  4. beverley6761 says:

    Hi Nettie I just love how you have such a lovely group of foodie friends and Monica came up with such a great idea!. Ann has some amazing recipes and I look forward to making this tasty recipe soon. You are so lucky so have such an amazing group. lots of love Beverley xoxo

  5. nettiemoore11 says:

    Beverley~ You are a huge part of my wonderful food blogger friends, so lucky that I have a blog, I would have never met you otherwise! Thank you for all of your kind words and for stopping by to share with us! Nettie

  6. katfromky. says:

    I have made a very similar potato for years. They are called Half-Baked. You grease a sheet with crisco and use melted butter to “paint” on potato half. Shake parmesan and smoked paprika on the painted spud. Cut side down in 375° oven for 30 minutes. Delicious in “half” the time as a baked potato!

  7. Mary Rowe says:

    These look delish! Where do we get the Zesty Garluc Seasoning? I would love to be a blogger, if I can get my health together! How do you start? God Bless

    • nettiemoore11 says:

      Hi Mary,

      I started blogging my favorite recipes and then all of the recipes I wanted to try. It is from Bittersweet Herb Farm, Ingredients are: Parsley, garlic, chives, onion, lemon peel, paprika, herbs and spices.

  8. forkandforage says:

    Yummy, these potatoes look and sound incredible. Plus I love the story that goes around them! Thanks for sharing. :)

  9. Seana Turner says:

    Wow those look good… and I just finished eating dinner! That Zesty Garlic Seasoning sounds delicious… I can think of lots of recipes where that would be just the right addition! Great idea to put the oil and herbs down and put the potatoes on top… yum!
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    • nettiemoore11 says:

      You are right Seana! These potatoes are amazing and using the seasoning on chicken or fish would also be great! Nettie

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