Brunch Recipes: Fruit Salsa Crepes

Spring is the perfect time for brunch recipes like these delicious fruit salsa crepes. They are light, airy crepes filled with fruit salsa and topped with whipped cream and salted caramel.

Fruit Salsa Crepes RecipeWe had the most beautiful, spring weather last week! We spent our evenings going for walks and meeting friends at the park. When we get warmer weather after a long, cold winter, everyone takes advantage of it. Spring is also the ideal time for a casual brunch with family and friends. I made some Fruit Salsa Crepes, inspired by the colorful flavors of the season, that we all agree were fabulous.

The combination of flavors and textures from the light, airy crepes to the sweet, cinnamon fruit salsa was perfect. The fruit salsa is made with Musselman’s Apple Butter. We loved the fruit salsa in these crepes, but it can be eaten alone, as a fruit salad or enjoyed with homemade cinnamon chips.
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Mini Meatball Sliders

Mini Meatball Sliders on garlic breadsticks with spaghetti sauce and melted cheese are perfect for parties!

Meatball Sliders RecipeToday we are going for a high of 74 degrees, which is a temperature that we haven’t seen in Minnesota since October 11, 2013! What a winter it has been… that is 6 months of below 74 degree weather. With the warmer weather comes thoughts of summer entertaining. It is so much easier to have people over when the weather is nice. The kids can play outside and the windows can be open letting in the fresh air. I recently tried making a mini version of one of our favorite meals: meatball subs. These mini meatball sliders are the perfect sized finger food for parties!
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Soft Pretzel Hearts Recipe


There are so many fun Valentines Day Ideas! These Soft Pretzel Hearts are a super easy after school snack idea that we made at our Valentine’s Day party!

Soft Pretzel Hearts RecipeOn Saturday, I had a Valentine’s Day party at my house for some of my nieces and nephews. Well, it was mostly girls but a few of the boys joined us and they didn’t seem to mind all the pink. The party was all about baking for Valentine’s Day. I will share more about the party and some of the other things we made later this week.  Since that post will end up being a little long, I wanted to share this recipe for Soft Pretzel Hearts in a separate post. This was the recipe that my sisters and sisters-in-law were most impressed with because it is so easy to make and tastes so good! They said that they are perfect for an easy after school snack.
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Cowboy Caviar Cups ~ An Easy Appetizer Recipe

This easy appetizer recipe for Cowboy Caviar, aka Southwest Black Bean salad, is fun to serve in little tortilla chip cups. This healthy dip has lots of protein and fiber!

Cowboy Caviar CupsA few years ago, while I was at the dentist in the waiting room during my kids’ appointments, I was visiting with the receptionist and she introduced me to Cowboy Caviar. She told me that she was bringing it to a family get together and I told her I had never heard of it. She explained that it was so easy to make and it could be used as a salad, a side dish, a snack or an appetizer. I asked her to write down the recipe and she told me that there isn’t really a recipe. She explained that everyone has their own way of making it but the base of most recipes is beans, corn, onions and tomatoes.

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Sriracha Chicken Pinwheels & The Pillsbury Holiday Bloggers Event

This easy appetizer recipe for Sriracha Chicken Pinwheels using Pillsbury® Crescents is perfect for sharing at parties!

Sriracha Chicken Pinwheels Appetizer RecipesThis year rather than having a full holiday dinner, my family is going to have appetizers. There will be about 50 people at the Christmas party so doing appetizers makes things more manageable. Plus, the kids have one goal in mind and that is to open the presents! I wanted to come up with a new appetizer to bring and I decided on Sriracha chicken pinwheels. But before I get into the recipe, I have something exciting to share with you!

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Pillsbury Holiday Bloggers event, with 15 amazing food bloggers, right here in Minnesota at  the General Mills World Headquarters. Everything about the experience was incredible, from our lovely host Jess Wangsness, to the meeting all of the bloggers (many of whom I “knew” online already but had never met in person), to the employees we interacted with at Pillsbury. I’ve always been a fan of General Mills products and as I’m sure you’ve noticed, I love using Pillsbury Dough Products like I did in my very first recipe post for Easy Pepperoni Rolls back in March of 2011! After spending the day with Pillsbury, I am impressed with the people behind the products and their enthusiasm for the products they represent.

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Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Bacon Chicken Bites

This is the time of the year when everyone is looking for appetizer recipes for holiday parties. These Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Bacon Chicken Bites are delicious and easy to make.

Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Bacon Chicken BitesHave you jumped on the Sriracha bandwagon yet? I was a little late joining this craze. I didn’t even realize that this hot chili sauce was quickly making its way into everything from candy to potato chips until Christine told me about it. I wanted to try cooking with Sriracha and decided to make an appetizer that is perfect for holiday parties. I made these Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Bacon Chicken Bites using Gold’n Plump ® chicken and my family loved them!

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Slow Cooker Recipe For Sweet Korean BBQ Lettuce Wraps

This slow cooker recipe for Sweet Korean BBQ Lettuce Wraps was made using Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauce as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars by Crowdtap #CampbellsSkilledSaucers. Crock Pot Recipes make getting dinner on the table a little easier.

Sweet Korean Barbecue Lettuce Wraps #CampbellsSkilledSaucersWith all of the holiday dinners, party appetizers and Christmas dessert, we still need to have our meals during the week. Between shopping for gifts, baking, writing Christmas cards, wrapping gifts and spending time with family and friends, all of our “extra” time is full to the brim with fun. So, how do you find time for family meals? I often use my slow cooker to make an easy weeknight dinner. In fact, while I am writing this post about slow cooker recipes, tonight’s meal is in the Crock Pot!

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Progressive Dinner | Cheese Fondue Recipe & Corelle Giveaway

Today’s holiday dinner recipe is an easy appetizer. This cheese fondue recipe is kid-friendly.

Cheese Fondue RecipeI am so excited that our Holiday Progressive Dinner is finally here! If you didn’t see my invitation post earlier this week, the progressive dinner is a blog hop that involves 5 bloggers, 5 complete holiday meals, 35 recipes and 7 fantastic giveaways! For the first week, the menu item that I made was the appetizer. I decided to make Cheese Fondue that can be served with fresh veggies, apple slices and crusty cubes of bread.

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Cheese Bombs ~ Cheese Filled Biscuits

The pizza balls love continues with my latest recipe: Cheese Bombs! These cheese filled biscuits have a delicious crunchy coating with warm, melted cheese on the inside!

Cheese Bombs Cheese Filled Pillsbury Biscuits

There are so many different kinds of pizza balls to make that I wasn’t sure which one to make next. Since we are a cheese loving family and always have multiple kinds of cheese in the fridge, I figured I should make cheese pizza balls. But then, I got to thinking about eating cheese on a stick. Have you ever tried it? Cheese on a stick is a big piece of deep fried cheese that is somewhat like a corn dog. Once I started thinking about it, regular old cheese pizza balls didn’t sound nearly as good. So, I switched from making another cheese pizza balls to making cheese bombs! Even the name sounds delicious!

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Spicy Cajun Dip For A Quick Chicken Dinner For Tweens

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Over the weekend, my tween and her friends enjoyed a quick chicken dinner while the adults went out for dinner. They had a few different dipping sauces for chicken and I am going to share the Spicy Cajun Dip with you.

Tyson Chicken Fries DinnerHave hungry tweens hanging around your home like I do? Kids love having their friends around and I was no different. My parents have always had an open door policy. Everyone is welcome to their home at any time. If they are home, the door is unlocked and people are always stopping by to chat or grab a cup of coffee. I come from a large family and there were times when we would have 15 extra kids staying the night at our house. Other times, 150 kids would come over for a bonfire.

So, when I got married and started having kids, one of the things that was important to me was that my kid’s friends would always be welcome in our home. That being said, as a mom it isn’t always easy having extra kids around. It means having extra patience, extra bedding, extra miles in the car, extra time spent on various things and of course, extra food because kids (boys and girls alike) love to eat! But as a trade off, we get to know our kid’s friends and develop lifelong relationships with them. Plus, it is important for kids to have a place to hang out. Some parents complain about not knowing where their kids are, what they are doing or who they are with. But at the same time, they don’t want everyone in THEIR house because it would be too loud, too messy or too complicated or because they have to work, clean their house or just want to relax. Welcome the loud, craziness of tweens and teens into your home and into your life. Visit with them, laugh with them and listen to what they have to share about what is going on in their life. All too quickly they will be grown up and things will be too quiet in your home!

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Stromboli: Pepperoni Pizza Loaf Recipe

Stromboli is yet another way my family likes to eat pizza! Instead of pepperoni pizza balls, this recipe is a pizza loaf!

Pepperoni Stromboli Pizza Roll

It snowed last night here in Minnesota! This is April and we aren’t supposed to have snow in April! And that’s not the worst of it. They are predicting a whole lot more snow tonight as in 10-12 inches of snow or maybe even 14-15 inches!!!!! WHAT?? Not even the kids are excited this time…okay maybe they are a little excited but we really want spring, sun and nice weather! The positive is that it is April so the snow won’t last too long before it melts so I am holding on to that thought.

I first posted the recipe on March 30, 2011. It is one of those posts that I have wanted to redo for a long time now because it is such a great recipe. My pictures in that post don’t do the pizza loaf justice so no one wants to try making it except my personal friends who already know how good it is! So, here we go with take two of the pepperoni stromboli! What is so great about this recipe? Three things…bread, cheese and spices! Who doesn’t love those three?

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Sausage Pizza Balls Recipe

Sausage pizza balls are a fun way to stuff the goodness of a sausage pizza into a bite size snack! These quick appetizers are similar to easy pepperoni rolls because they start with a refrigerator biscuit but they have pizza sauce and string cheese in them!

Sausage Pizza Biscuit Balls

How many times do you think my family ate pizza last week? Well, I’m not actually sure that I have an accurate count because they eat a lot of meals away from home but I saw pizza consumed at least 3 times from Sunday through Saturday! Some of it was from a restaurant, some of it was frozen pizza and some was homemade pepperoni pizza. As you can see, we love pizza. Sausage pizza balls are just another way of making what we love. They can be an after school snack, an appetizer or part of a meal.

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Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Balls Recipe

Pizza balls are easy to make for dinner, quick appetizers for a party or a delicious after school snack. A pizza ball is biscuit dough wrapped around pizza toppings. We’ve enjoyed easy pepperoni rolls and easy taco bites but lately we have been eating a lot of cheeseburgers. So, I just had to put the two together, add some bacon and make Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Balls!
Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Balls

I made these bacon cheeseburger pizza balls with just the basic things you would find on a cheeseburger: meat, cheese and the lovely addition of bacon! Instead of adding onions, I put onion powder so my kids would like them. I like having tomatoes on my cheeseburgers so I might have to try putting them on next time I make these. Other toppings could include a piece of American cheese or even pepper jack cheese. I left the pickles on the outside to keep them cold and crunchy.

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{Easy Appetizer} Veggie Pizza Cups

Veggie pizzas are quick appetizers that are often served at parties. This veggie pizza recipe uses crescent roll dough rather than the biscuit dough used to make pizza balls and taco bites so the pizza cups are light and flaky!

Veggie Pizza Cups Quick Appetizer Recipe

I have found that when I make veggie pizza in the flat pizza style, it can be a little messy to eat because the toppings want to fall off. So, when I was hosting my spa party, I decided to try making crescent roll cups and place the toppings inside the cups. I was delighted when they turned out because the empty cups could be filled with so many different things!

Start with a package of crescent rolls such as Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. I used either big and buttery or big and flaky crescent rolls. I can’t remember which one but any of the varieties will work. Remove the crescent rolls from the package and lay them on a flat surface. Cut “triangle one” from the original crescent roll dough triangle. Do this to all of the crescent roll dough triangles. Then, take two of the leftover long narrow triangles and form a long diamond shape which I cut into “triangle two” and “triangle three”. This sounds complicated but all you need to do is cut the dough into smaller triangles so that they fit in the muffin tin.

I put a triangles of dough into each of the greased muffin tin cups and pressed them down lightly.

I baked the dough at 350°F for about 12 minutes until they were golden brown.

Veggie Pizza Toppings

Beat one package of softened cream cheese. Add 1 cup of sour cream, one package of powdered ranch mix and 1/2 tsp of garlic powder and beat well. Put one spoonful of this ranch mixture in each of the cooled cups. Top with your choice of chopped veggies and shredded cheese. I used carrots, cucumber, cauliflower, broccoli and cheddar jack cheese.

They were so easy to make! They tasted delicious and and impressed my guests without making a mess. I will definitely be making them again this holiday season.

Veggie Pizza Cups
by The Gunny Sack
1 package of crescent roll dough
8 oz brick of cream cheese (softened)
1 cup sour cream
1 package of powdered ranch dressing mix
1/2 tsp garlic powder
Chopped Veggies
Shredded Cheese
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut crescent roll dough into triangles. Gently press the triangles into greased muffin tin cups. Bake at 350°F for about 12 minutes until they were golden brown. Beat one package of softened cream cheese.  Add sour cream, powdered ranch mix and garlic powder and beat well. Put one spoonful of this ranch mixture in each of the cooled cups. Top with your choice of chopped veggies and shredded cheese. I used carrots, cucumber, cauliflower, broccoli and cheddar jack cheese. Gently press the topping into the ranch mix.
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{Auntie Anne’s Inspired} Soft Pretzel Nuggets

This copycat recipe for soft pretzels is inspired by Auntie Anne’s soft pretzel nuggets. They make a great after school snack and are a fun way to start cooking with kids.

One of our favorite things at the mall are the Auntie Anne’s soft pretzels. We’ve enjoyed many of the varieties but my kids favorite is the pretzel nuggets. I decided to try making them at home and have my kids help me. Vanessa was really excited but Zack was hesitant to do it with us but once we got going he really enjoyed it.

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{Easy} Taco Bites

One of my most popular posts, Easy Pepperoni Rolls, is the very first recipe I ever posted. I decided to revisit that recipe by making a new version called Taco Bites. With autumn just around the corner, we have all of the fun fall festivities on the way! These Taco Bites would be perfect as appetizers at fall celebrations and would also be great for after school snacks.
These Taco Bites start with simple refrigerator biscuits and end up as delicious appetizers. I love how simple they are to make. I have not tried freezing them yet because my family eats them before I have a chance to freeze them. Someday I would like to see how well they freeze because it would be nice to make them ahead of time and just warm them as needed.

I went shopping at a local grocery store and found 2 versions of Mid-America Farms Top the Tater by Kemps. You can see my entire shopping trip in my Google+ album. I am already very familiar with the chive and onion flavor but I have never seen the Taco Fiesta flavor. It is the perfect choice for my Taco Bites because it is a blend of peppers, onions and spices with a mild zing.  We use the chive and onion flavor for tacos, potatoes, chip dip and in a cheesy potato casserole.
 To make the Taco Bites and dip, I used ground beef, taco seasoning mix, an egg, buttermilk biscuits, shredded cheddar cheese, salsa, cilantro and Top the Tater Taco Fiesta Sour Cream.
The first step was to brown the ground beef and add the taco seasoning according to the directions on the package.
 Next, I preheated the oven to 425°F and gathered the supplies for the Taco Bites: taco meat, 3 tubes of buttermilk biscuits, shredded cheese and Taco Fiesta.
I flattened out the biscuits into circles that were about 3 1/2 inches in diameter. I added a dollop of Top the Tater Taco Fiesta Sour Cream in the center of each biscuit.
 I added a small spoonful of taco meat to the top of the sour cream.
Next, I added a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese.
I gathered the edges of the biscuit and pinched them in the center over the ingredients. I lined them up, pinched side down, in a greased 9×13 inch pan. I was able to fit 28 taco bites in the pan so there were 2 extra biscuits.
Next, I beat an egg and brushed it over the taco bites.
Here are the taco bites just before placing them in the over.
I baked them at 425°F for about 20 minutes.
While the Taco Bites were cooling, I mixed together equal parts of Top the Tater Taco Fiesta and salsa. We used this mixture as a dip for the Taco Bites but it would also be delicious as a salad dressing.
I put the dip into small containers and added chopped cilantro. The inside of each Taco Bite looks a bit different but they all tasted delicious. The addition of Top the Tater Taco Fiesta added flavor and moisture to the bites. My oldest was unsure about trying them but once she did she said they were delicious!
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Knockoff Old Chicago Sicilian Pepperoni Rolls Recipe

I always order Sicilian Pepperoni Rolls from Old Chicago so I made a copycat version so that I can have them at home! They are another way of making Pepperoni Pizza Balls but with bread dough instead of biscuits. The addition of pepper jack cheese makes them more spicy.

Last month, I made mini pepperoni loaves and now I tried pepperoni rolls.  They are a knockoff of Sicilian Pepperoni Rolls from Old Chicago.  I am the only person who craves those things?  After I made the mini rolls, I found out that one of the ingredients in the Old Chicago version was ranch dressing.  Now, the previous recipe was fantastic but I wanted to try them with the addition of ranch dressing.  I started out with one loaf of bread dough that had been thawed and allowed to rise.  One loaf made 12 pepperoni rolls.

I cut off pieces of dough and flattened them into a long, skinny rectangle on a greased cutting board.  I spread ranch dressing on the dough and topped it with pepperoni, a slice of pepper jack cheese, shredded marble jack cheese.  Then, I sprinkled on garlic powder, dried onions (Old Chicago uses green onions but my family wouldn’t like that) and pizza seasoning.

Roll up the rectangles and pinch one end to seal in the toppings.

Place the rolls pinched side down in a grease muffin tin and press down on the top to flatten them a bit and make them fill up the cup a little more.  Brush the rolls with melted butter and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and pizza seasoning.  Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.  Serve with pizza sauce.

 Once again, they were fantastic!

Old Chicago Copycat Sicilian Pepperoni Rolls

 By The Gunny Sack
1 Loaf Frozen Bread Dough
Ranch Dressing
Pepper Jack Cheese Slices
Shredded Marble Jack Cheese
Garlic Powder
Dried Onion (or chopped green onions)
Pizza Seasoning
Parmesan Cheese
Pizza Sauce

Thaw and raise one loaf of frozen bread dough.  Cut off a piece of dough and flatten into a long rectangle on a greased surface.  Spread on ranch dressing.  Top with pepperoni, pepper jack cheese and shredded marble jack.  Sprinkle with garlic powder, dried onion (or chopped green onions) and pizza seasoning.   Roll up rectangle and pinch one end to hold in toppings.  Place in a greased muffin tin, pinched end down and press down on roll.  Brush with melted butter and sprinkle on Parmesan and pizza seasoning.  Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve with pizza sauce

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Mini Pepperoni Loaves

Mini Pepperoni Bread Loaf
I love getting Pepperoni Rolls from Old Chicago so when I had some thawed bread dough recently, I decided to try to make something similar to them.  But instead of making vertical rolls, I put them into mini loaf pans!
Inside Of Pepperoni Bread Loaf
The only problem is that they aren’t completely “full”.  There was an air pocket in each loaf but don’t let that fool you because these mini pepperoni loaves were sooooo delicious!  My mouth is actually watering right now as I am typing this post!

Raising Dinner Rolls

I started by thawing and raising Rhodes Dinner Rolls.

Dough Oval With Cheese and Pepperoni

Flatten out each roll on a greased surface.  Layer with cheese (pepper jack & shredded marble jack), pepperoni and spices (garlic & pizza seasoning) and then roll up.

Mini Loaves In Loaf Pan

Place rolls in a greased loaf pan and brush with melted butter.  Sprinkle with Parmesan and Italian seasoning.

Baked Mini Loaves In Loaf Pan

Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.  Serve with pizza sauce.

I am not going to write a traditional recipe out for this one because you can customize it however you like and make however many you want but here are the basic steps:

  • Thaw & Raise Frozen Rolls
  • Flatten & Top With Cheese, Pepperoni & Spices
  • Roll Up & Place In A Greased Mini Loaf Pan
  • Brush With Melted Butter & Sprinkle On Parmesan & Italian Seasoning
  • Bake At 350°F For 20-25 Minutes or Until Golden Brown.
  • Serve With Pizza Sauce

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Easy Appetizer ~ Cowboy Caviar with Avocados

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A couple of days before Thanksgiving, I was visiting with the receptionist at our dentist’s office while my daughter was getting some work done on her teeth.  We were talking about our plans for Thanksgiving.  She said she was going home to Texas to spend the holiday with her family.  As we were visiting, she told me that she was bringing Cowboy Caviar to share at her family’s Thanksgiving dinner.  I had never heard of Cowboy Caviar so I asked her what it was and how you make it.  She described it to me and then said that there were lots of recipes online.  She suggested looking them up and then picking the parts that I liked and making my own.  So, finally in the middle of January, that is what I did.
I love avocados and cilantro so those 2 ingredients HAD to be included.   I also used black beans, blackeye peas, tomatoes, onion and Italian dress.  I forgot to add the corn, garlic powder and lime juice to this picture.

Cowboy Caviar

by The Gunny Sack
1 can black beans – drained
1 can blackeye peas – drained
1 can corn – drained
1 can diced tomatoes with garlic & onion – drained
1 large avocado – diced
1/2 red onion – chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro – chopped
1 tsp garlic powder
3/4 cup Italian dressing
Juice from 1/2 of a lime
Do the draining, chopping and dicing.  Then, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.  Cover the bowl and place in the fridge until ready to serve.  Allow the flavors to blend for about 1 hour before serving with tortilla chips.

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{Mid Week Munchies} Baked Potato Fans

I’ve seen these baked potato fans around and I really wanted to make some.  Of course, I decided at the last minute to make these for dinner so I had to come up with a quicker version and they were so delicious, not to mention pretty!  Wouldn’t they be great for serving during the holidays?
 Wash and peel 1/2 of each potato…I did 3 potatoes.  They peel could also be left on, if desired!
Prick holes in the potatoes with a fork and place them in a microwaveable dish.  Put 1/4 cup of water into the bottom of the dish and cover with a lid.  Microwave for about 10 minutes so the potatoes are partially cooked.
Place potatoes on a baking sheet and cut into thin slices without going all the way through.
Fan the slices slightly and drizzle with olive oil.  Bake at 425°F for 30-35 minutes or until the potatoes are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Top with butter, garlic powder, salt, pepper, shredded cheese and bacon bits.  If you are making these for a crowd, skip the microwave step and bake for about 50 minutes.

Baked Potato Fans
by The Gunny Sack

3 medium potatoes
1/4 cup water
Olive Oil
Shredded Cheese
Bacon Bits
Garlic Powder

Clean potatoes and peel the top half.  Poke holes in the potatoes with a fork and place in a microwavable bowl.  Put 1/4 cup of water into the bowl and cover with a lid.  Cook in the microwave for 10 minutes.  Remove from the bowl and place on a baking sheet.  Cut into think slices, without going all of the way through.  Fan the slices slightly and brush with olive oil.  Bake at 425°F for 30-35 minutes or until the potato is soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.  Top with butter, garlic, salt, pepper, shredded cheese and bacon bits.
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