Wednesday, October 23, 2013

My version of loaded potato skins

Have you ever bought a grocery item that you completely forgot you have a ton of at home and then gone ahead and bought a ton more? Well, that happens to me... quite a lot. This week, I have an abundance of Russets sitting around, the result of buying more when I still have lots at home.

Said Russets were starting to look a little sad and wrinkly so I thought hey, let's make some loaded potato skins. They're a big hit with my kids and they really do go fast.

They're really easy to make too. Here's how I made my version.
  • 6 Russet potatoes, halved
  • 6 slices back bacon, roughly chopped
  • 1 onion, diced (optional, we just happen to love onions)
  • cheddar and mozzarella cheese (feel free to use your favorites)
  • green/spring onions, finely chopped
  • salt, pepper, cayenne to taste
  1. Scrub the potatoes really well and rub some oil on them, skin side.
  2. Microwave on high for10-12 minutes, or till softened but not too soft since you're going to be baking them later.
  3. Scoop out the center of each potato leaving a ring around the skin to form a bowl.
  4. Mash up the potato centers in another bowl. Add bacon and onions. Season to taste. Mix well.
  5. Scoop a portion of the mixture into each potato skin.
  6. Top with spring onions, and cheese however generously you like.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or till cheeses are melted to a beautiful light brown.
  8. Dig in!!

I would've sprinkled some finely chopped spring onions on top except I didn't have any on hand. But this is already so so good as it is. So kid-friendly too if you have little ones, and makes a very nice appetizer or snack when you have friends over.

Do you like potato skins? Where do you usually have them? Have you ever made your own? If not, you really have to try making these.