Our well-stocked grocery stores are amazing in comparison. Even in rural areas, there will often be more than one food store in town and that competition helps shoppers to save money. I always love a good sale when it involves food, especially if it is an item I like to eat! I have learned that grocery stores put many items on sale in a four to six week rotation. If you want to stock up on certain items, it would be a good idea to watch for these sale-cycles in your area.
It also pays to examine the weekly flyers. Some stores have on-line flyers and that is a great way to find out who has the best pricing on grocery items you would normally buy. Many stores will match pricing on items that other stores post...sometimes proof of the ad is required and sometimes just mentioning the ad will be enough to reduce your price at the check out.
Something I cannot resist buying is one of the huge bags of potatoes when they are on sale. This versatile vegetable has a special place in my menu archives, but I also continue to experiment with new recipes. Today's post is a new favorite because it is comforting, quick, easy and flavorful...and it uses up those potatoes!
Savory Microwaved Potatoes in a Bag
½ C Hellmann's mayo
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp paprika
¼ tsp salt, pepper
2 large baking potatoes, cut into ¼ - inch slices
1 large sweet onion, sliced
Real bacon bits
Sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
Grilling directions: Seal potato mixture in 4 heavy duty foil packets. Place packets on grill over med-hot heat. Grill, covered, 25-30 min or until potatoes are tender. Remove packets and place contents into a large bowl. Add bacon bits and cheese to taste and mix gently. If serving from foil, just open a packet, add cheese and bacon. Reseal packets and heat for a minute to melt cheese. Remove, open and eat.