Thursday, April 9, 2009

Blog Makeover & Southwestern Potatoes


I've been dying to do a makeover for my blog for quite some time now. Sure, it was very simple and classic looking, but I wanted something a bit more colorful and fun.

Thanks to my amazing friend Lisa over at Surviving Oz, I was finally able to give my blog a face lift! I am beyond thrilled with how everything turned out and I cannot begin to thank her enough! I still have to work on finishing up some additional content for the blog, but for now at least it has a new look :)

In honor of my blog makeover, I'm going to share with you one of the best recipes I have come across in a long time! I bookmarked this particular recipe several months ago. My only regret now is not making it sooner!! I promise that this is something you need to try! It's about as simple as simple gets. You simply slice some potatoes, toss them in olive oil, salt, and pepper, then bake them in the oven for about 15 minutes. Next, top them with some barbeque sauce, cheddar cheese, and bacon bits. After a few more minutes in the oven, you've got the tastiest potato side or appetizer you've ever eaten!


I made these two times in two days they were so good! My husband calls them crack :) I would bring these to a party any day over the alleged "crack dip."

Southwestern Potatoes
from cooking this and that

1 package bacon bits, or 4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 unpeeled large potatoes, scrubbed
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 sour cream, optional (for dipping)



Line 2 large baking sheets with foil and preheat oven to 450 degrees. (I was able to fit it all on one baking sheet.)

Cut potatoes into 1/4 inch slices. Toss the potatoes, olive oil, garlic salt and pepper in a big ziploc bag to coat the potatoes.

Arrange potatoes in a single layer on the baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned, about 15-20 minutes.

Brush with barbecue sauce, then top with the shredded cheese and bacon bits. Bake until the cheese melts, about 3-5 minutes. Top with sour cream, if desired.

Yield: 4 servings (only 2 in our household!)


40 comments:

  1. How adorable! I love the new look! And those potatoes look fantastic - I can see how 4 servings can end up being only 2 :)

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  2. LOVE the new blog; and I'm obsessed with SWEET POTATOES!!!!!! :-D

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  3. Jamie, the blog looks awesome!

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  4. Jaime those potatoes look amazing and I KNOW they taste even better as I make a couple of different versions of the them. I've not added the BBQ sauce I'll have to give that a try. If you like onions and peppers I've sauted bite size pieces of them along with the potatoes. Just thought of something mushrooms would probably be good too. Okay we're having some with dinner tomorrow!

    Your makeover looks fantastic!
    ~ingrid

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  5. These look delicious! I will definitely have to make them. I love the new look!

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  6. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog makeover. The blog looks absolutely fantastic. And what a perfect recipe to christen the new blog. These southwestern potatoes look divine. I can't wait to try them (now that you've convinced me that I need them in my life)!

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  7. Wow...those do look like quite the tasty little bites! The new look is wonderful.

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  8. Your blog looks great! The potatoes...oh my gosh! Marking this right now as a MUST MAKE! Thank you!

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  9. LOVE the new look, love it!! The potatoes look pretty good too:)

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  10. The new design looks wonderful! And those potatoes are calling my name :)

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  11. Love the makeover! So cute! i bet those taters are pretty addicting. :-)

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  12. I just made it, it was so delicious. Too bad I don't have bacon and the bbq sauce, it was still good. Next time will definitely make it with bbq sauce and bacon.
    Cheers,
    elra

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  13. wow, Elra! that was fast! They really are quick and easy though aren't they? i am sure they taste good the way you made them but you have to make them w/the BBQ sauce and bacon, it just makes them that much more good!!! :)

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  14. I love the new blog look! The potatoes look great too.

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  15. Congrats on the new look! Looks great and these look delicious!

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  16. Those potatoes look so good! I like the new look!

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  17. Those look absolutely AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. I love the blog makeover.. I need one so badly! Those potatoes look so addicting and delicious.

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  19. The blog looks super cute and the potatoes look even better!

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  20. so cute--I love the blog makeover!

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  21. Ooh, those look fantastic. I wonder how they would be without the barbecue sauce (which I don't like all that much).

    Love the new blog design, too! =)

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  22. FANTASTIC blog make over and I can't wait to try the potatoes!!! :)

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  23. I love the new look, so fun!
    These potatoes look so cheesy and delicious!

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  24. Now these are the way to a man's heart! Wow. Love your new look! It is really fab and fresh!

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  25. My, they do sound good, something almost everyone would like!
    Your blog design is adorable.
    Lori Lynn

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  26. Your new blog layout is very springy and fresh! I like it.

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  27. Yaaaaay Jaime, it looks fantastic! And I'm drooling over these potatoes - they are SO going on the To Make list this week!

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  28. i love the revamp, jaime--it looks terrific! i also really enjoy this recipe--southwestern flavors are officially my favorite. :)

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  29. I came looking for a Sweet Melissa Sundays post, but I have to say I'm glad I found these potatoes instead. They look amazing!

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  30. I LOVE the new blog design!

    And now I'm starving...an apple for lunch does not equal awesome potatoes like I see on here. Sad.

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  31. I am mesmerized by the new look. I can't look away!

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  32. YUM!! What is it with everyone and all of these yummy, cheesy food recipes!? It's making me crave grease! I can't wait to try these

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  33. Yay! Sorry I am behind on my reader so I am just now seeing this. The blog looks great and I am glad you liked the potatoes!

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  34. your makeover is outstanding...
    and so is this recipe... :) Glad you posted it...

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  35. Very nice look to your blog -- fun is a word that does come to mind so mission accomplished if you ask me.

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  36. WARNING: Don't try the potatoes after baking them, but before cheese and bacon. 4 servings goes down to 3 right then. >_>

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  37. I made these today for company and they were a hit. Easy to make at the last minute. I cooked some good bacon and broke it in course pieces and I shredded the cheese a day early. Putting it together was a snap just before we ate. Thank you.

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  38. I made these for a party last nigth. They were a huge hit. Thank you. I am adding it to my favorites list. So easy

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  39. I made these last night to go with grilled steak. Absolutely delicious. Everyone was sad when they were gone! :)

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