I enjoy eating baked potatoes. They make a quick and easy meal for one. Just stick a potato in the microwave and in minutes you can enjoy! There are restaurants that serve a baked potato bar so that you can top them with anything. So when I found a recipe for German Potatoes and read the recipe, I thought, "These are so simple! They are just baked Potatoes stuffed with sausage!" Of course, not everything is as simple as it first appears but these are easy to make.
Here is the Original Recipe. I found it in the cookbook titled Twenty-Five Cent Dinners for Families of Six. Now before you rush out to buy the cookbook, it was written in 1878 so the prices have changed quite a bit.
"German Potatoes--Carefully wash one quart of potatoes, removing any defective part, cut a slice from the top of the potatoes, take out a little of the inside, chop it fine, mix it with half a pound of highly seasoned sausage or mincemeat, (costs six cents), fill it into the potatoes, put on the piece you first cut off, and bake them for about three quarters of an hour in a quick oven. Serve them as soon as they are soft. Ten cents will cover the entire cost, and they will make a hearty and nutritious meal, especially if the meat used is pork."
Okay, now we all know that it is going to cost more than 10 cents to make this meal, but this is taken directly from the cookbook. Now for how I made the potatoes.
1 or 2 russet baking potatoes
1/2 pound sausage
Carefully wash the potatoes, removing the defective part. Divide the potatos in half, hollowing out the center of the potatoes. Finely chop the potato center and mix with sausage. Stuff potatoes with mixture. Wrap in aluminum foil and bake for an hour to an hour and a half in a 325 degree oven.
An alternative is to place the potatoes in a slow cooker in the morning before you leave for work and when you arrive home, you will have a wonderful stuffed baked potato waiting for you.
It is a simple, but nutritious meal for one or two. Enjoy!