A couple of weeks ago, I made a classic comforting homemade dinner, which consisted of Salisbury Steak with onions and mushrooms, broccoli, and cornbread. Then I struggled when it came to making a starch. Typically, a Salisbury Steak dinner consist of the steak itself, mashed potatoes, and green peas. Well I also think that meal combination is what senior citizens eat at nursing homes and I didn’t want to dig myself into an early grave. The meal combination put me in the mind of the movie “Look Whose Talking Too” when John Travolta’s father was in the nursing home and he couldn’t eat his mashed potatoes or peas and there was food residue all around his mouth. Therefore, I decided to jazz it up a bit.
My cornbread was nice and buttery; the Salisbury Steak was delicious and tender; and the broccoli wasn’t over cooked. it was a great meal combination. But I still had these darn potatoes! Sure I could have made garlic mashed potatoes and called it a day, but I wanted to try something different. I looked in my refrigerator and on my shelves to find some inspiration. I felt that divine intervention was taking place because I found a packet of ranch dressing, turkey bacon bits, I had some chives, sour cream, and cheese. It was meant to be. I didn’t know how it was going to come out, honestly. I was really winging it ( that is usually when I come up with my best dishes, however). Anyway, I added all of those ingredients and added some butter and garlic for more flavor, baked them with some cheese on top and there you have it folks! Baked Loaded Mashed Potatoes. This is really easy to make and your family and friends will enjoy it. You don’t have to put them in the oven if you don’t want to, but it is really good that way. The crispiness of that cheddar cheese, the butter, the flavor….MOTABELLA TUTTI FRUTTI!