Scalloped Baked Potatoes with Raw Cheddar

“Scalloped” is an attractive word, isn’t it? When I hear it I think of several things: first, there’s scallops, as in the seafood—totally delicious. Then there’s the scalloped shape that can live on the edge of a pair of shorts or on the collar of a woman’s blouse—always pretty and dainty. So you can sense my excitement when I stumbled across scalloped potatoes! Potatoes are pretty delicious already (might be the Irish in me talking) so I'm always trying to find new ways to consume the delectable dish. 

Your first victim...

You're going to want to grab one or two or 10 potatoes (I went with Russet Potatoes because I was at my parents house and that's all they had, but I'm sure any variety works), mainly however many you're wanting to cook up. Slice up the potato, making sure not to cut all the way through, just enough room to be able to let some cheese fit in between each slice.

Lather on some olive oil with a brush (if you're fancy) or just slowly pour it over. This might be a bad idea though depending on how much wine you've already had. Just kind of wing it, you'll be fine. Pop it in the oven (425 degrees) for 50 min...roughly. Again, just wing it to see when it's done. 

This isn't a position I would necessarily recommend...unless you're a trained professional. If so, get right on in there! 

Pull those puppies out and let them cool just enough to where you don't burn your precious little fingers. You'll be needing those in a bit to do everything in life.

It took everything in me not to devour this right then and there.

Baking the potato helps "open" up the slices and really scallops(?) it up. Organic Pastures Raw Cheddar Cheese is not only delicious and nutritious, but it also lacks two ingredients that I am happy is not included, Natamycin and Cellulose Powder. Natamycin is a chemical that is added to preserve the longevity of the cheese, and Cellulose Powder is simply wood shavings, added to help keep the cheese from clumping together. Both of these ingredients are two additives that I want nothing to be apart of...and I know my sweet sweet (regular)potatoes want the best cheese that they can get. I help them with that. 

Sprinkle on that cheese, and maybe some salt and garlic powder if you're feeling dangerous, and throw it back in the oven for about 10 minutes (again, wing it, I'm not your ruler, you can do whatever you want really. You don't even have to be reading this, but if you are, thanks ((my job depends on it))). 

Ok enough of that sappines. The moment we've all been waiting for...the delicious yummy cheesy goodness I know you've been staring at through your oven door. 

Now feel free to inhale this...I know I did.

Now feel free to inhale this...I know I did.

And there you have it, nice, simple...healthy! That's what we all tell ourselves, or at least that's what we tell our friends. If you eat healthy but no one is around to see it, does it still count? Thankfully we have Instagram to document it all! And you'll amaze all your friends with this simple recipe. Enjoy!