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Wasabi Double-Baked Potatoes

Wasabi, that greenish Japanese horseradish familiar from sushi bars, has many more uses than just accompanying raw fish. It adds a spicy edge to all sorts of foods without the heaviness of bottled horseradish. You can find it in specialty ... Read more

Total time: 2 hours | Serves 4
Note: Serve these potatoes with any simply broiled or roasted meat or poultry.
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 large baking potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced green onion (white and green parts)
  • 4 to 5 teaspoons wasabi paste
  • 6 tablespoons light sour cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups grated sharp Cheddar cheese, divided

Step 1Heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Step 2Lightly spray the potatoes with cooking spray. Bake the potatoes until they're tender (test them with the sharp point of a paring knife), about 1 hour. Alternatively, cook them in a microwave oven on high power for 6 minutes, then bake them in a 400-degree oven until they're tender and the skins are crisp, about 15 minutes more. Reduce the heat to 375 degrees.

Step 3When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, split them lengthwise and scoop out the flesh, leaving about a 1/4-inch shell. Place the scooped potato in a bowl.

Step 4Meanwhile, melt the butter in a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. When it's hot, sti r in the garlic and green onion. Remove the skillet from the heat. Transfer the butter to the potatoes along with the wasabi paste, sour cream, salt, pepper to taste and 1/2 cup cheese. Use a potato masher or fork to mash the ingredients together; keep the mixture slightly lumpy. Taste; adjust the seasoning.

Step 5Divide the mixture among the 4 potato shells, mounding it slightly. Sprinkle the tops evenly with the remaining cheese. Use your hands to gently press the cheese into place. Place the potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet. (They can be made a few hours ahead up to this point and kept at room temperature.)

Step 6Bake until tops are just lightly browned, about 25 minutes. Serve hot.

Each serving:
334 calories; 754 mg sodium; 59 mg cholesterol; 19 grams fat; 28 grams carbohydrates; 14 grams protein; 2.15 grams fiber.
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