There's nothing new about potato skins. They've been around for ages and you've probably enjoyed them both at home and also when you're out and about. But sometimes, for me, inspiration comes in the form of a reminder rather than learning about something new. Is it the same for you?
So think of today's post as a gentle nudge ... a reminder that Loaded Potato Skins are an ideal meal or snack for busy lives. These ones get a little bit of spice from some fried off chorizo, a touch of sweetness from a few peas and topped off with plenty of golden, bubbling melted cheese. Are you drooling yet?
Here's how I put together these Loaded Potato Skins -
- I preheated the oven while washing and pricking the potatoes.
- Put the potatoes in the oven and then needed to pop out to the supermarket.
- Returned 40 minutes later and took the potatoes out of the oven.
- Allowed the potatoes to cool slightly while preparing fillings (frying off the chorizo and grating the cheese).
- Scooped out the potatoes and combined them with the fillings, before reloading.
- Chilled in the fridge to finish off later.
And here's why I'm sure these Loaded Potato Skins will win you over with no bother at all -
- These are ideal for preparing ahead of time. Get them to the end of stage 9 and then chill them in the fridge until you're ready to eat. And then 15 minutes or so and you're ready to go.
- Preparing these Loaded Potato Skins is perfect for a busy life as it lends itself to multi-tasking.
- Don't forget you can always bake the potatoes the night before (perhaps at the same time as something else). You'll be one step ahead of the game then and we know what that means .... BIG secret smug feeling.
- You can finish the Loaded Potato Skins off either in the oven or under the grill, so you can be flexible about how you heat them through if you've got other stuff cooking at the same time.
- Adapt the fillings according to what you have to hand or what you fancy. I've used frozen peas in these. No need to even defrost them. Spring onions are good, sweetcorn works, a few lardons are tasty, some spicy chicken would be great. Grated cheese goes without saying of course. Remember that if they're going to be truly 'loaded', you will need to add a decent volume of stuff so that the filling can be piled high in the skins.
- They are the perfect food for parties - especially those with adults and children. But let's not be food snobs here. Loaded Potato Skins are not uber fashionable, but there's no denying that they are truly yummy. Especially with a couple of beers, your guests (old and young) will struggle to say no ...
- Great sleepover fodder for a bunch of hungry children. Just add a movie.
- They work surprisingly well served cold in packed lunches. #1 teenage son (he's not a gusher, if you remember) had a couple in his lunchbox the other day. He declared them as 'good'. That equates to 'flipping marvellous' from anyone else!
- Great for a TV dinner too. Napkins at the ready though - there's often a dribble factor.
- They're great value for money. Perfect if you're feeding a crowd.
- They also reheat surprisingly well. Tonight is one of those busy evenings where everyone is here, there and everywhere, so dinner will be later than usual. It'll be handy that I have leftover Loaded Potato Skins from last night ready to warm up in the oven.
How do I serve these Loaded Potato Skins?
We eat them most often as a mid-week dinner - normally post-swim training - Loaded Potato Skins, perhaps some stir fry vegetables and a tin or two of baked beans. For me, there's always a dollop of chutney too. Perfect job and popular with the whole family.
So, are you suitably reminded of all that's great about Loaded Potato Skins? What will your filling of choice be?