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By Katie Goodman
I love loaded baked potatoes, but they aren’t exactly waistline friendly. Since many of us have renewed our efforts to eat healthier with the start of the new year, I thought a new loaded baked potato recipe was in order.
Instead of featuring butter, sour cream, cheese, and bacon … basically, fat, calories, fat, and more calories; this recipe features mushrooms and caramelized onions bathed in a rich-tasting balsamic sauce. Sure, there’s cheese too, but just a sprinkling for garnish, and the syrupy vinegar sauce moistens the baked potato enough so that you don’t need butter and sour cream.
This also makes a great vegetarian meal for a weeknight. The baked potatoes can be made in advance and reheated later, or (though I’ve never tried it) I hear you can bake potatoes in a crock pot while you’re away at work. And the vegetables can be prepped and stored in the fridge to cut down on hands-on time after a busy workday.

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4 large baking potatoes, baked according to your preference
2 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, yellow or red
1 clove garlic
16 oz baby portabella mushrooms
8 oz red wine
3oz balsamic vinegar
1/8 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp cornstarch
2 tsp fresh parsley, minced
Salt and pepper, to taste
Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled for garnish
Chives, sliced for garnish


Balsamicbakedpotato Slicemushrooms
Step 1: Remove the stems from the mushrooms and reserve for another use. Slice the mushrooms thinly, about 1/4 of an inch thick.
Balsamicbakedpotato Sliceonion
Step 2: Cut the onion in half from end to end. Remove the skin and discard. Cut the onion into slices.
Step 3: Combine the red wine, balsamic vinegar, sugar, and cornstarch. Whisk to mix well and set aside.
Balsamicbakedpotato Caramelizeonion
Step 4: Heat olive oil in a large cast iron skillet or sauté pan over medium-high heat until the oil is shimmering. Add the onion slices to the pan, tossing to coat with oil on all sides.
Step 5: Evenly spread the onions out in the pan and continue to cook, stirring just occasionally for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Step 6: Grate one clove of garlic over a microplane grater and add to the pan. Stir in the mushrooms and sauté until tender and golden.
Balsamicbakedpotato Reducesauce
Step 7: Add the red wine and vinegar mixture to the pan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce to medium and cook until thick and syrupy. Stir in the parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Balsamicbakedpotatoes Final
Step 8: Serve mushroom mixture over baked potatoes. Top with sliced chives and gorgonzola cheese crumbles.
About the Author:
Katie Goodman blogs at goodLife {eats} where she shares what she finds good in the kitchen and in life through recipes, family memories, and yummy photography. She also works as a freelance food writer and photographer for various sites. Outside of cooking, Katie loves reading, gardening, visiting family, and attending the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she resides with her husband and two children.

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  1. As I read this I was thinking it would be good on a steak also. makes me want to have steak and baked potato for supper.

  2. Natalie Zee Drieu on said:

    Excellent idea to add it to steak! I also thought it is a good topping to use over mashed cauliflower as a replacement for a baked potato.

  3. Shawn Connally on said:

    The recipe sounds really, really tasty. I’m adding it to my weekend meals!

  4. Mine never really got to a syrupy consistency even after I reduced it for ages but it sure tasted good!

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