In preparation for all of my travel this fall, I’ve reached out to some of my favorite food blogger friends and asked them to share their favorite recipes as guest posts.
Today’s guest post is from Jane Bonacci of The Heritage Cook. On her blog, Jane shares both old and new recipes in hopes that culinary traditions will continued to be passed down from one generation to the next.
Today, Jane is sharing the perfect recipe for fall game days and tailgates. Last month, Jane shared her ranch-flavored cole slaw recipe so be sure to check that out too!
Hallelujah, football season is back! The men in my life are thrilled and I am happy to see the smiles on their faces. When you grown up with three older brothers and a father who are all sports fanatics, a little of it is bound to rub off. I love watching sports, just not as attentively. I am never happier than when I am napping in front of the fire with the game on and everyone yelling!
When I think of foods to serve during the game, my favorites are bacon laden potato skins. So I put on my thinking cap and came up with an improved and more flavorful version just perfect for game day!
I love potatoes. What can I say, I’m Irish. 😉 Potatoes are extremely good for us but so often get a bad rap because we tend to heap on the extras that send the calorie count skyrocketing. If you are watching your weight, you can still use the toppings, just cut back on the amount you add and use lower calorie alternates that give you great flavor.
Mexican flavors might not be the first thing you think of when you hear that potato skins are on the menu, but the combination of ingredients is really great. I love the subtle heat of the chiles and if you can find them, use the ones from Hatch, New Mexico. Each year I order fresh chiles from Hatch and keep them in my freezer for dishes just like this. If you don’t have access to fresh chiles, the canned version is just fine. I always have a can in my pantry just in case!
The combination of fresh tomatoes, chiles, green onions and cheese was amazing, but what really made these potato skins special was the Taco Sour Cream topping. It couldn’t be simpler to make or more delicious. Use your favorite taco seasoning mix and add it along with a little fresh lime juice to sour cream, whisking until smooth. The creaminess blended with the seasonings from the mix make a dip that would be perfect for chips, nachos, taquitos, as well as these potato skins.
You can serve these as an appetizer before a meal, as a snack while watching sports, or as a casual weeknight meal. If you are sensitive to heat choose mild chiles; if you like spicy food, use a hot variety. If you want a vegetarian option, omit the bacon.
The next time you are hosting game day at your home, enjoying Super Bowl Sunday, or getting ready to watch the World Series (who says great apps have to be reserved for football), put these on your menu list and everyone will be happy campers!
Fully Loaded Green Chile Potato Skins Recipe from The Heritage Cook
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