Shrimp & Smoked Gouda Cheese Stuffed Baked Potatoes

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Smoky, sweet, savory, and oh sooo scrumptious, these shrimp and smoked Gouda cheese stuffed baked potatoes hit the proverbial spot. A substantial meal-in-one, this easy gluten free shrimp recipe also makes an impressive date night side for a couple of sizzling steaks.

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Grocery Game Winner: Shrimp & Smoked Gouda Cheese Stuffed Baked Potatoes

I always keep one eye darting around the grocery store or produce market for any sudden inspiration that could give me a whole new, delicious way to eat a staple food. It’s a game I like to play when I’m finished gathering my goods for the day, but not yet ready to go stand in the checkout line. During play, I walk sloooowly down each aisle, looking for one exciting ingredient that I don’t generally use in my regular monthly menu rotation.

This week, I was looking for something a little out-of-my-ordinary to wake up russet potatoes. During a quick corner aisle eye sweep, I noticed a circular smoked Gouda cheese package in the upright cooler. Since my seafood market is right next door, I knew that fresh shrimp were on sale. So, my mind started to put the two together immediately into a rich sauce that would also feature the tender flesh of freshly baked russet potatoes. Yum de ya yum, I thought…

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When I got home, I picked a few garlic chives from the backyard to pull the whole new recipe together.

After the potatoes were baked and cooling, I whipped up an easy sauce with the caramelized ‘trinity’, shrimp, cheese, and chives. Then, I removed the flesh from the potatoes, added them to the sauce, and filled the potatoes with the yummy mixture. After a quick trip back into the oven, these restaurant-quality shrimp and smoked Gouda cheese stuffed baked potatoes were ready to be devoured. Yep, yum, and yay for grocery game recipe day…

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Shrimp & Smoked Gouda Cheese Stuffed Baked Potatoes
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 medium russet potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Shrimp Seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • Sauce Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped celery
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca starch
  • 1 cup milk or half-n-half
  • 1 cup smoked Gouda cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup chopped chives
  • Chopped chive garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Season shrimp with spice and herb mixture. Cover and refrigerate.
  3. Rinse and pat dry potatoes. Rub with olive oil. Use a paring knife or fork to poke several holes into each potato.
  4. Roast potatoes on small baking sheet for 60 to 75 minutes.
  5. Cool potatoes to the touch, and cut a large opening in the center of each potato.
  6. Remove the flesh from the potato skin. Set aside.
  7. Remove seasoned shrimp from refrigerator.
  8. Make the sauce by browning the 'trinity' of onion, bell pepper, and celery in the butter.
  9. Stir the tapioca starch into the browned 'trinity' until well-incorporated.
  10. Pour the seasoned shrimp into the saucepan, cook for 1 minute.
  11. Add the half-n-half and chopped chives.
  12. Melt the shredded smoked Gouda cheese into the sauce.
  13. Fold in the potato flesh, and stir until combined.
  14. Fill each potato skin with the stuffing.
  15. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until browned lightly on top.