Blooming Potatoes Stuffed With Chicken Meatballs
Anyone who's ever had a blooming onion before knows exactly why the dish is also known as the "Awesome Blossom." And while it is certainly delicious, there's one problem with this appetizer... and that's exactly it — it's just an appetizer. If you want the same decadent experience, but as a main dish, then stuffed blooming potatoes in a bed of tomato sauce and baked cheese is the way to go!
Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 35 minutes
For the blooming potatoes:
- 5 medium potatoes
- chicken meatballs
- 1-2 cups tomato sauce
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- 5 black olives
For the chicken meatballs:
- 1 large chicken breast, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 6 parsley stems, chopped
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp curry powder
- ¼ tsp pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Peel the potatoes and cut off the lower section of the potatoes so that they stand upright. Make an incision at the top center of each potato and cut about ⅔ of the way down. Make 3 more incisions at the 45°, 90°, and 135° marks, always making sure to cut only about ⅔ of the way down.
2. Heat some cooking oil in a deep pot and fry the potatoes. Place the fried potatoes on paper towels to soak up excess oil.
3. Chop the chicken breast, onion, garlic clove, and parsley into small pieces and add them to a blender or food processor. Add the paprika, curry powder, and pepper, and blend until smooth.
4. Fill the fried potatoes with the ground chicken filling and make meatballs with what's leftover.
5. Pour the tomato sauce in a casserole dish, set the blooming potatoes upright in the sauce, and spread the chicken meatballs around the dish. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella over everything and place a black olive in the opening of each blooming potato. Transfer the casserole dish to the oven and and cook at 350°F for 25 minutes.
As always, you can let your creativity run wild when it comes to trying out different fillings. Everyone will be so focused on how beautiful these potato blossoms are anyways!
Get the recipe for the Potato Stacks Casserole featured in the bonus video.