Game Day Potato Skins

With the Superbowl right around the corner – it only makes sense to start practicing new recipes for the big game! I don’t know about you – but the food that is devoured on Superbowl Sunday is way more important to me than the actual game. I am all about the bite sized things, like these Mini Potato Skins stuffed with cheese and guacamole!! (I mean did you really expect anything less from me – what kind of Superbowl is it without guacamole and potato skins!!!) The best part about these little treats, is that they are so easy to eat if you have your eyes glued to the TV. One bite = no mess!

Rather than using the big Russet Potatoes, I opted for the little Yellow Dutch Babies because they are the perfect size for these potato skins. I crisped up a bit of pancetta (you could also use bacon) to put under the cheese – but you can totally leave that off if you are heading the vegetarian route!

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Game Day Potato Skins

Ingredients

  • 12 Dutch Yellow Baby Potatoes
  • PAM Olive oil spray
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 strips Pancetta, roughly chopped (bacon also works)
  • 1 cup of Guacamole (recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp red onion, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray the whole potatoes with PAM olive oil spray and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 35 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Remove from oven and let cool until they are cool enough to handle. Cut the potatoes in half, lengthwise, and scoop out a little of the flesh, leaving about 1/4 inch remaining.
  2. Place the cut potatoes back onto the baking sheet, flesh side up. Lightly spray the tops of the potatoes with the PAM olive oil spray.
  3. In a small skillet over medium high heat, crisp up the pancetta. Once crisp, remove from pan and set on a paper towel to drain some of the excess oil.
  4. Place some of the pancetta into the potato, cover with a bit of cheese, and place back into the oven for 5-7 minutes until the cheese has melted.
  5. Top with the guacamole, sprinkle with a few chopped red onions and serve!
http://whatsgabycooking.com/potato-skins/

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Simple Guacamole

Ingredients

  • 3 avocados
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/8 cup chives, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut the flesh from the avocado and place into a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and mash together with a fork until chunky. Set aside.
http://whatsgabycooking.com/potato-skins/

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42 thoughts on “Game Day Potato Skins

  1. Wow!! I never thought about adding the guac! I love nachos…with just about everything you can think to put on them!! Mmmm and I had the best corned beef and saurkraut balls…just wish I knew the recipe!

  2. I would have been disappointed if you hadn’t filled these with guacamole – I know from your tweets that you are a great lover of the green stuff. These are the perfect game day snack!

  3. Is “Yellow Dutch Babies” the CUTEST name ever??!! I am with you – it is all about the food. I have not a clue who is playing in the “game ;)”

  4. I’m with you on bite size and figer foods for the big game. I however watch every second of the game so knowing the meal game plan ahead of time is key. I love these little gems. I’ll be serving a gluten and dairy free version of these for sure. I think I’m also going to have other snacks on a stick. Don’t think these would work on a stick but that would be entertaining to watch people eat. Thanks for the great ideas!

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  16. Quick question: Could you prep all of this ahead of time and just pop the skins back in the oven when your guests arrive and then top with the guacamole?

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