About Me: French Onion Soup Stuffed Potatoes

by simplylife on March 4, 2012

You’ve asked where I get my recipe ideas, how I find the time to cook and why in the world I actually decided to start a blog (hint, it had nothing to do with food; it had everything to do with decreasing mass emails :))

I’ve told you about my favorite foods as a child, my favorite hobbies and the one (and yes, pretty much only) food I dislike (spoiler alert: it’s jello.  Is jello even a food?).

Now it’s time for me to update my “About Me” page.  I’ve always preferred keeping this full of the information you want to know about me, rather than using it as a platform to try and relive my glory days of perfect attendance certificates and being the MC at our school musical.

So please, leave those burning questions you’ve had for me in the comments section (there are no guarantees that I will answer every question; there are just some things that require us first sitting down and devouring at least two Sweet Potato and Pecan Cinnamon Rolls (yes, those) before I know I can really trust you).

Oh, and I’ll get the ball rolling here.

Q: What is your favorite way to eat a baked potato?

A.  French Onion Soup Baked Potatoes.  My husband actually made these and they were soo good!  We already covered that everything is better smothered with cheese so that part’s a no-brainer, but imagine a potato stuffed with warm, melty gruyere cheese and caramelized onions.  Yeah, that’s good.

French Onion Soup Stuffed Potatoes

by Simply Life

Adapted from Food Network Magazine

Keywords: bake side vegetarian potatoes Christmas Thanksgiving

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2 large russet potatoes
  • 2 tbs. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth (can also use vegetable or beef)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup gruyere cheese, shredded
  • Parsley, to garnish


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Poke holes in potato with fork and place in oven. Rub skin with 1 tbs. olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for 50-60 minutes, until tender.

Meanwhile, heat remaining olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion and onion until caramelized, about 15-20 minutes.

Cut a slit in each potato and scoop out the flesh of baked potatoes and place in small bowl. Mash with onion, broth and cheese. Stuff into skins, sprinkle with more cheese and broil about 2 minutes, until cheese is melted. Garnish with parsley, serve and enjoy!

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Also, have you seen Chobani’s new flavors?  I was pretty stoked to come home to this package filled with Passion Fruit, Blood Orange and Apple Cinnamon Greek Yogurt.

I know everyone has different perspectives on doing product reviews and I totally respect that as every blog is, and should be, different.  Personally, I love being able to learn about new foods from others and try them first-hand, especially when I wouldn’t typically pay extra to try something I’m not familiar with.  Chobani was one of the first product reviews I did that really changed an eating pattern, as it was the first time I tried Greek Yogurt. Since the first case they sent me two years ago I have been hooked.

I’ve tried all of the new flavors and right now, my favorite combination is Apple Cinnamon with fruit and raw oats.   I was so eager to try it and was craving granola but too lazy to make or buy it, so I added raw oats and am loving the way they absorb the yogurt.  Thank you Chobani!

Using random.org, the winner of the Soy Candles by Phebes is Heather!

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~What question(s) would you like to see answered in the About Me page?

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  • http://www.bakebikeblog.com/ Lisa – Bakebikeblog

    I love the addition of gruyere cheese to these also 🙂

  • http://betterwithberries.wordpress.com/ Michelle

    French onion soup IN potatoes? Oh my goodness, I’ve gotta try this!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Yes! You do! 🙂

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    Those potatoes are INSANE. I want one. Hmmm, not sure what you should put in your “about me” section. A picture?

  • Anonymous

    Book marked- these potatoes look cooked absolutely perfect. I want one right now. I don’t care if it spoils my dinner. Congrats to Heather! I want to know what your favorite thing to cook or bake is

  • http://pearlandpine.blogspot.com/ sarah

    Um, I completely love this idea! I think I might give it a try this week!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      You should! It’s pretty easy and deeeelicious! 🙂

  • Yummychunklet

    What a creative recipe!

  • http://www.runningwithspatulas.com/ Ali Mc @ Running with Spatulas

    I am in love with this idea! you’re a genius! and I am so glad you started bloggin or I’d have to ask to be on your email list 😉 lol

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      haha you are too sweet- I’m glad you like it…(and I’m glad I started the blog too!) 🙂

  • http://gowiththedough.wordpress.com/ Hillary

    Hah! I just wrote a post about Chobani’s new flavors! How bizarre!

  • Belinda

    Great to know you better…and to get to know the PO-TAY-TOES! They are stunning and probably ridiculously addictive.

  • http://indulgeinspireimbibe.blogspot.com/ Daisy

    I’m so craving one of those creative baked potatoes! And I still havent tried the new chobanis….I need to!

  • http://www.tiptopshape2.blogspot.com/ Liz @ Tip Top Shape

    Ooohh, this looks amazing!!!

  • Mom

    Great job Mr. Simply Life…THESE LOOK AMAZING !!! Yum, yum, yum

  • http://whatisbakinginthebarbershop.blogspot.com/ Colleen

    What a fun twist on baked potatoes. I definitely want to try this!

  • http://merigoesround.com/ meri

    that is exactly why I started blogging, too 🙂

  • http://bite-sized-thoughts.blogspot.com/ Kari

    These potatoes look brilliant! Ditto the pile of yoghurts 🙂

  • http://kirantarun.com/food Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    French onion soup stuffed potatoes?!? You are way creative, girlfriend 🙂

    I want to know your secrets of having the stamina to cook, style & blog after a long day job 😀

  • http://jojoshouse.com/ JoJo

    I thought you started blogging to keep record of all the wonderful food you make!
    I would love to see your kitchen 😛 I bet it looks awesome! 🙂

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Haha, it doesn’t. It’s tiny, old and cramped..and most of my “kitchen appliances” don’t even fit in there and are on shelves in our (small) dining area 🙂

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    These potatoes are such a good idea!

  • Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    oooh a fusion of french onion soup and baked potatoes — sounds incredible! and just in time for the end of winter 🙂

  • http://backroadjournal.wordpress.com/ Karen (Back Road Journal)

    I love stuffed potatoes, actually I love all potatoes. I’m going to be making these very soon.

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Oh good! You’ll have to let me know what you think!

  • Barbara

    In support of Jello (ahem) when I’m dieting, sugar free Jello is the only dessert allowed…it tastes like manna from heaven when you aren’t indulging in desserts.
    Now these potatoes are divine. Of course, Gruyere is fabulous melted on or in anything, but I’m loving this recipe. After my diet is over, of course. 🙂

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      Haha, I bet it tastes good! I just can’t get over the texture for some reason whenever I try to eat it!

  • http://swankydietitian.com/ Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian

    These look incredible! For some reason, I just don’t make baked potatoes often. I don;t know why, cause I just love them!! Thanks for sharing this. Will be giving it a try!

  • http://www.wineandbutter.com/ Em (Wine and Butter)

    I love product reviews and give aways – so long as I trust the blogger and I THINK I trust you …. as much as I can before we’ve shared a lemon poppyseed muffin anyways… 🙂

    These potatoes sounds sensational! I love french onion soup soooo much and this makes them a bit more substantial!

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life

      haha, agreed 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

  • Lola Lobato

    Looks good, great idea!

  • http://www.4seasonsoffood.com/ Ranjani

    Wow, these look amazing. What a great idea to combine french onion soup flavors with stuffed potatoes.

  • http://agrigirl.wordpress.com/ Tammy

    These look amazing!

  • http://www.theloadedhandbag.com Nicki

    BAH! These look so delicious I’m salivating at 8 AM! You can have baked potatoes for breakfast…right?

    • http://www.simplylifeblog.com/ Simply Life


  • Junia Kim

    gasp, these potatoes look sooooooo comforting and delicious. i thought it was stuffed with cauliflower at first! caramelized onions and gruyere cheese is fabulous together with potato. totally bookmarked.

  • Beth

    These potatoes were delicious! I was excited to try them because I love both french onion soup and baked potatoes and I’m so glad I did. I added a slice of provolone cheese on top of the potato as well because my family LOVES cheese. My husband and son both wanted more. I’ve tried hundreds of pinterest recipes and although most are good, this one is definitely worth mentioning.

    • Simply Life

      Beth- thanks so much for the comment! It’s always wonderful to hear! So glad your family enjoyed these!

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