Best buys and other tasty bits

Wednesday, August 28, 1996

Turkey spuds a variation of sloppy Joes.
National Potato Board

Spuds and ribs cheap and easy

Skip the labor on Labor Day and give dinner planning a rest. The supermarkets have planned ahead and dropped prices on beef and pork ribs in anticipation of cook-outs (vegetarians, see By Request).

At Safeway, boneless barbecue steaks are selling for $1.89 a pound in "Valu Packs" of three pounds or more. Beef chuck shortribs are going for $1.99 a pound.

Times is offering pork spareribs at $1.99 a pound, and fresh ground beef for burgers at $1.69 a pound for three pounds or more.

Sweet White Corn is a good accompaniment, at two ears for $1 at Star, two for 99 cents at Foodland and three for 97 cents at Sack N Save.

Follow up with watermelon, a deal for 11 cents a pound at Safeway, 15 cents a pound at Sack N Save, and 17 cents a pound at Star and Foodland.

And the deal of the week has to be 10 pounds of Russett potatoes from Washington, for $1.77. What to do with those potatoes? Here's a recipe for four of them, at least:

Sloppy Turkey Spuds

4 (10-ounce each) potatoes
3/4 pound ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium green bell pepper, diced
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 14- or 15-ounce jar or can marinara or other vegetarian spaghetti sauce
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Prick potatoes with tines of fork; microwave on HIGH about 18 minutes or until fork-tender.

Meanwhile, in large nonstick skillet, saute turkey about 6 minutes until no longer pink. Add onion, bell pepper and mushrooms; saute, stirring 3 minutes.

Stir in marinara sauce, reduce heat, cover and simmer 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in parsley.

Place potatoes on plate; split and fluff. Top potatoes with turkey mixture and cheese. Makes 4 servings.

Approximate nutrition analysis per potato: 547 calories, 12 grams fat, 37 grams cholesterol, 806 milligrams sodium.*

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