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Monday, August 17, 2009

Twice-Baked Blue Cheese Potatoes - Oregon Coast Views of Sea and Sky for Blue Monday



A very busy day with an early start to the Oregon coast required some advance preparation for dinner. I decided to use the blue cheese in the refrigerator to make double stuffed potatoes to pair with steaks I planned to grill. I chose the less expensive crumbles for this recipe. This recipe is about as healthy as one for double stuffed potatoes can get. Low-fat buttermilk replaces most of the butter and cream found in other recipes.



Potatoes assembled in the morning can be refrigerated or frozen for later use. This recipe can be doubled if desired.



Today our destination is a look-out post on one of the Oregon coast trails. The trail gradually ascends the headlands and as you can see the scenery is stunning.



This tower is a relic from WWII. The structure was used to provide shelter for submarine spotters during the war.




Today the shelter is used by folks who use its unique perch to view magnificent stretches of the Oregon coast line. On a clear day it really does seem you can see forever. If ever you hear folks speak of Oregon blue, this is what they mean. Isn't it gorgeous?

Twice-Baked Blue Cheese Potatoes...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
4 (12-oz. each) baking potatoes
1-1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup fresh chives, finely chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1-1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 375 degree F. Bake potatoes until tender, about 1 hour. Cool until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. Cut each potato in half lengthwise. Scoop pulp into a food mill or ricer and process. Place in a large bowl. Add buttermilk, blue cheese, chives, butter, salt, pepper and bacon; beat with a mixer just until blended. Do not over beat.
2) Spoon an equal portion of mixture into each shell. Arrange on a baking sheet; bake until thoroughly heated through, about 20 minutes. Potatoes can be made and refrigerated 48 hours before serving. An additional 5 minutes should be added to cooking time if potatoes have been chilled. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe adapted from the CDKitchen.

I'm linking this to Smiling Sally for her Blue Monday event.

64 comments:

Coloradolady said...

These look wonderful, thanks for posting the recipe...and the photos are just breathtaking. Have a great Blue Monday.

the ungourmet said...

The view is indeed gorgeous and the potatoes are scrumptious!

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Oh my goodness, your posts always make my mouth absolutely water! Thank you! Happy belated Pink Saturday!

Judy

dottydotty said...

fantastic views sadly dont think mt fear ofhieghts would allow meto enjoy them thanks forpopping by my blog have a fab pink wink

imjacobsmom said...

Outstanding Mary! Both your photos and your recipe! Happy Blue Monday! ~ Robyn

Maggie B said...

I loved seeing your pix of the Oregon coast, one of our very best vacations was in an RV touring in that area.
The recipe looks mouthwatering, can't wait to try it. I'll probably use a Roquefort or maybe a milder Bleu d'Auvergene cheese, thanks for sharing.
Happy Blue Monday.

Joy said...

How wonderful to spend a day on that beautiful coast line - and come home to those yummy potatoes!

Jamie said...

Wow! Oregon is stunning! Does it all look this beautiful?

I love love love blue cheese and these stuffed potatoes look outrageous!

susan said...

Of course, I am looking at the food --! :) I make twice baked potatoes all the time and never think to put blue cheese in--and it is one of my husband's favorites! I am going to do this next time I make them! Your lemon custard is also on my "to do" list--I love anything lemon! Maybe I'll try to make all of your recipes and they'll make a movie about it :)!

Debbie said...

The potatoes look delicious and I just love your pictures. Gorgeous blue sky!

SmilingSally said...

I love to see a blue, blue sky, and you've certainly accommodated me today. Thanks for sharing them with me. The potatoes look super good too. Happy Blue Monday.

Donna-FFW said...

I love love love the sound of these blue cheese potaoes and your gorgeous photos are stellar.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Mmmmm, both the view and the potatoes are wonderful! Happy Blue Monday.

Blessings,
Sandi

Joycee said...

Breathtaking scenery,Oregon is so beautiful! This is a great recipe for one of our favorites so I'll definately try the lower fat version. We've been stuffing ourselves the past two weeks...we've had the kids here! Little time to blog other than post, I've missed it!

Bunny said...

Gorgeous photos wonderful view. Great recipe for the potatoes. Always gain a few pounds visiting you LOL.

Stop by and enter my giveaway.

Kathy said...

What gorgeous views!!! The potatoes look great too!

Chow and Chatter said...

wow what a view and yummy spuds

Hootin' Anni said...

I'd make twice baked potatoes with cheddar, but not bleu cheese. Ewwww.

Hey, your Oregon coast photos are MAGnificient, Mary!!!!! So gorgeous and very pristine country. Wow.

I had a wildlife adventure in my own backyard this morning and posted about it.

Hope your day treats you well.

Sarah said...

Yum! I think I'll have these tonight.
Enjoyed your Blue Monday post.
hyacinthforthesoul.blogspot.com/

Gaby said...

wow those potatoes look mouthwatering!!! And what a fabulous view in Oregon! Enjoy!

once in a blue moon... said...

i love how you mix beauty with food, even if it gives me vertigo and makes my tummy flip flop...

Cathy said...

Wonderful photos of the coast, Mary. I haven't gotten there often enough this summer.

We love twice baked potatoes but I've never tried using blue cheese. Excellent idea.

Becky K. said...

What views! Love them!

About the blue cheese potatoes? I am not a fan of the blue cheese but my Dad loved it. He would have loved these.

Have a great day!

Becky K.
Hospitality Lane

Melissa and Zack said...

wow what a beautiful day you had at the coast. I'm jealous. potatoes look great too

Rita said...

When visiting your site I can feel the pounds being added to my hips. But, I love the pictures and the history and travel lessons learned as well.


Thanks for stopping by my site. Sorry, I'm a little slow this week with getting back to my visitors.

gracie said...

Im making chops tonight,and was going to do whipped poatoes...but Im going to make your blue cheese stuffed instead, thanks.
Love those photos Oregon coast.
Gracie

Marsha said...

I love twice baked and will definitely try this receipe of yours!!!

What absolutely breathtaking photos!!!

Hugs,
Marsha

Debbie said...

Thanks for missing me :~)
And yes, isn't the YALE campus beautiful? My daughter in law goes to the Divinity School, which sits up on a hill (ironic that it sits above--LOL ) but I could have stayed there for much longer than my 2-week baby duty.
I love blue cheese, stuffed baked potatoes AND the Oregon coast. What a post!!

Lynn said...

Just found your blog for the first time. I love the photos you posted today. The potato recipe sounds very yummy (and healthy). I'll be following your blog -- always love fresh ideas on health & wellness and great healthy recipes and foods fit that description well! Have a fabulous week!

Mary said...

Lynn, I'm so glad you've joined us. I'm looking forward to your company and comments.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Those views are STUNNING! Absolutely breathtaking. I can't even imagine how it looks in person.

The bake potatoes sound so yummy. What a great alternative to the usual. Thanks for sharing another great recipe!

Christi

Mary said...

Debbie, it is a very small world. My SIL is a graduate of the Divinity School :-).

Tammy518 said...

The twice-baked potatoes look so good. I wish I had seen this yesterday. We had grilled steak and lobster last night with plain old baked potatoes.

The other pictures you posted are stunning!

bewitchingkitchen said...

The photos are simply stunning!

I happen to be in Hawaii at the moment and for a second thought that maybe you were nearby :-)

Katherine Aucoin said...

Beautiful photos Mary! Looks like perfect weather. The potatoes look delish!

Maria said...

Love your photos!

Maria Berg said...

So perfect name from the sky, one of my dotter has that blue eyes. MB

Darlene said...

WOW I am definitely hungry for those potatoes now!!! YUM!! Your Oregon Coast views are GORGEOUS! What a wonderful place!!

Knitty said...

The view is great, and oh, those potatoes! Yum!

Terry said...

Howdy
Oh my gosh what an amazing blue sky !!!!!
Happy Blue Monday to you.
Thank you for the great post today.
The recipe sounds delicious and easy to do too.
Again thank you .
Hugs
Happy Trails

Pam said...

Mary, those potatoes look amazing - I love anything with blue cheese.

Where on the coast were you? I've never been to that area and would really love to go there with my family.

Mary said...

Pam, the trail is just across from the Devil's Churn outside Yachats.
You can dive or hike up to the look-out. There is a large ranger station where you can get info about the "churn" and the submarine look-out for the kids. The ranger station is a great spot for whale watching. There are also tidal pools and a sea carved blow hole in the area they might enjoy. Especially at high-tide.

The Blonde Duck said...

I've always wanted to try twice baked potatoes. I think I'd love them.

Martha said...

Yummers!! Thanks for sharing, also your visit to my blog.

Katy ~ said...

Couldn't you just look at all that beautiful blue sky and water for almost forever? It's so peaceful and pure.

Yummmmm, potatoes! I love potatoes!

Judith said...

Oh Danish Blue yum yum yum and your photos are delightful - Happy Blue Monday, Judith

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I don't know whether to comment on the beautiful scenery or the yummy baked potatoes first. I love blue cheese and thanks for making these potatoes healthier.
Sam

hip chick said...

Oh my word what a beautiful place. Your photos capture it so well.

Judi said...

Happy Blue Monday
Your pictures are wonderful and blue...so nice. Thats a great place to visit.

I love the sound of those potatoes and a healthier approach recipe too. I love blue cheese too. I will keep that recipe available and give it a try too.

It was so nice to have you come and visit...come back again..
Judi

girlichef said...

BREATH TAKING!!! Wow..seriously gorgeous...and I'm definitely in love with these potatoes...I slather my baked potatoes w/ blue cheese dressing already...so I KNOW that I would adore these!

Boo-Bah said...

The pictures are just gorgeous. I love those blue skies.

The potatoes look wonderful. I have a thing about the blue cheese maybe I could substitute for another kind.

Iris

Baba's Special Babies said...

Good evening Mary, thanks for your visit to my place today.. your pictures are magnificent and spectacular..I could relax and look at this view forever!!

LV said...

Your photos are simply beautiful. So clear and vivid. Really lovely country where you live. I love twice baked potatoes and yours really looks good. Wish I had one now. Thanks for your comment today.

Chef Fresco said...

Oh man, these look soo amazing! And those photos are breathtaking!

Natashya said...

Gorgeous photos! And I love the healthy twist on the stuffed spuds.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OH My,
Mary you have convinced me I need to visit Oregon! How stunning and beautiful. Love the recipe, the potatoes look yummy! Cindy

Shirl said...

Hello Happy Blue Monday, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment. What a cute post for blue monday! Thanks for sharing!
Bless you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

Debinhawaii said...

I miss the Oregon Coast--it is so pretty. Your potatoes look delicious.

oneshotbeyond said...

I really dig this idea!!!

Megan said...

I just love the Oregon coast. It's beauty really is stunning. Those potatoes look pretty stunning too! I have some of that Crater blue cheese in my refer right now. Good stuff. I'll have to try these to use up some of my cheaper stuff. Love the buttermilk in them. Wish it would cool off here in Ca. so I could turn on the oven more. :( Soon, Autumn will return! :)

gracie said...

Hi Mary
I made these stuffed potatoes last night and they were a hit! Thanks...I am making them again for Fridays company.
Gracie

Happily Retired Gal said...

Those potatoes look WONDERFUL ... I may give them a try. Lovely coastal blues and views in your post ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

I'm Julia said...

My husband will adore this recipe. And the Oregon blue... mercy, I would love to walk that trail someday.

Happy (late) Blue Monday :-)

Mermaids of the Lake said...

Yum! I must try these! I love the Oregon Coast too. We visit every March for our Spring Break. That view is stunning. The Oregon Blue is perfect.

Mermaid Debbie

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