Eat Under $10: Super Bowl Potato Skins
Dish: Potato Skins
Good for: Super Bowl Sunday
Shopping List: 4 medium potatoes, russet or sweet ($2.90/$3.28); 4-5 slices of bacon $1.10; 1 cup of cheddar cheese $0.94;
1/2 cup sour cream $0.99; 2 teaspoons of chopped chives $.15
Pantry Items: Olive Oil, Salt, Salsa (optional)
Total Cost: $6-7
If there is any day meant to be spent sitting on the couch for an extended period of time, Super Bowl Sunday is it. Although it is not officially a holiday, the Super Bowl is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. With most of the action coming in the form of football tackles and hilarious commercials, the day is focused around the television set. But while the day is not centered around the dinner table, Super Bowl food is equally as important to the celebration as is the game being played.
Whether or not you have an interest in football, the Super Bowl is not the time for elegant, time-consuming, labor-intensive recipes. Instead, the best Super Bowl menus are dominated by fatty, finger foods, like chips and gooey-dips, chicken wings, nachos, pizza and brownies, all washed down with a nice cold beer. When planning for game day, keep things simple. Since no one wants to miss a play or an ad because they are preoccupied in the kitchen, prep items ahead and throw them in the oven or pile on a platter shortly before kickoff. The best thing about Super Bowl menu items like potato skins is that they can be whipped up quickly, and even better, they are inexpensive to make. Buying inexpensive produce and using pantry items like olive oil, salsa and canned beans keeps costs down, but the right combinations ensure no sacrifice in flavor. With the money you will save on your Super Bowl spread, you can celebrate scoring your own touchdown.
Bethany Imondi, a junior studying Government and English at Georgetown University, has a baking wager hinging on Patriots victory in this year’s Super Bowl. Read more…
Classic Potato Skins
Makes 8 skins
4 medium baking potatoes, such as russet, or 4 medium sweet potatoes
4-5 slices of bacon
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt, to taste
1 cup of cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons of chopped chives
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Wash and scrub potatoes clean, and prick lightly all over with a fork. Place on a baking sheet and cook the potatoes for about 1 hour, turning after 30 minutes.
While potatoes bake, cook bacon in a large skillet until desired crispness. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Once drained and slightly cooled, chop and set aside.
When potatoes have finished baking, remove from the oven and let cool for about 15 minutes. Once cool enough to handle, halve each potato lengthwise. With a small spoon, scoop out the flesh, leaving about 1/4 of the flesh still attached to the skins. Reserve scooped insides for another use. (Optional: if you’re using sweet potatoes, you could combine the potato flesh with a mixture of sour cream, butter, salt, pepper, and nutmeg, and place the mixture back into the potato skin to serve).
Brush both sides of the potato halves with oil, season with salt, and then place back on the baking sheet, skin side down. Bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until a golden and crisp.
Remove potatoes from oven and top with cheddar cheese and bacon. Return to the oven to melt the cheese, about 5 minutes.
As the potatoes bake, mix the chopped chives with the sour cream. Once potatoes have finished, dollop with the sour cream and salsa, if desired.
Recipe Index Keywords:Categories: Blog, Budget, Eating, Recipes, and Snacktime.
Cooking Method: In the Oven and Make Ahead.
Mealtime: Late Night, Pregame, and Snacktime.
I Don't Have Any: Cooking Skill, Money, and Space.
I'm Cooking For...: Homecoming, Late Night Snack, Potluck, Super Bowl, and Tailgate.
Type of Food: Finger Food & Dips and Sides.