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BRUNCH SPUD BOATS
3 medium baking potatoes, scrubbed
No-stick cooking spray
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
2/3 cup chopped lean ham or Canadian bacon (3 ounces)
1/3 cup diced zucchini
1/3 cup diced red bell pepper
3 green onions, with tops, sliced
6 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
Salsa for serving
To make potato shells: Prick potatoes with a fork and bake in a microwave oven on a plate on high (100 percent) 7 to 11 minutes, rotating after 3 minutes, until tender when pierced with a knife. Or bake in a conventional oven at 450°F 50 to 60 minutes. They should be soft but firm enough to dice.
Preheat oven to broil. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out pulp, leaving a 1/2-inch shell. Dice scooped-out potato. Spray both sides of potato shell with cooking spray. Place right side up on a baking sheet and broil until edges are browned and top is slightly crisp but not dry, 3 to 4 minutes. (Shells may be refrigerated overnight. Refrigerate cooked potato separately. Bring both to room temperature before filling.)
To make filling: Preheat oven to 500 degrees. In a large skillet, preferably non-stick, over high heat, heat 1 tablespoon of oil until hot. Sauté potato pulp, turning with a spatula until they begin to turn golden, about 5 minutes, adding more oil if needed. Stir in ham, zucchini and red pepper and sauté, stirring, until vegetables soften slightly, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring lightly, until very loosely set. Stir in green onions. Fill potato shells and sprinkle tops with cheese, if desired. Place potatoes on baking sheet and bake 5 minutes, or until eggs are set and cheese melts. Serve with salsa, if desired.
Makes 6 servings.