Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Stuffed and Loaded Potato Skins

Last month I made these Over the Top Loaded Potato Bowls, and I just could not keep them off of my mind. 
I wanted to make them again and again, but I resisted. 
Why?
I have no idea, sometimes I'm just silly that way. 

But I had to make something for Tapas this month, and since I wasn't hosting it, I decided to have fun.   My friend Jill hosted Tapas as part of an Open House/Housewarming/Tapas Night.

As is my wont, my mind kept turning over ideas, and the memory of the Potato Bowls kept resurfacing and finally I just gave in and decided to see if I could make them into an appetizer.

Stuffed and Loaded Potato Skins
It worked.  Very nicely, if I might say so. 

I cooked 3 lbs. of small red potatoes, added some cooked chopped bacon and cheese, and well, I think I have another new favorite. 

Recipe:  Stuffed and Loaded Potato Skins

3 lbs. Small Red Potatoes, cooked and halved, insides scooped out.
1 lb. Bacon, cooked crisp and chopped
1/2 lb. Colby Cheese, grated
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook the potatoes until just done.  Scoop out the insides using a melon baller or spoon, placing them into a bowl. 
Keep a decent rim on the potatoes though. 

Add some chopped Bacon
Then top that with some of the potato you scooped out.
And finally add the cheese.
Continue with all the potatoes


Placing them on Parchment covered rimmed baking sheet. 
Place under the broiler until the cheese is melted and golden brown or not.
Personally I like the cheese a little browned.
Top with some shredded or chopped basil or chives or green onions to serve.  Serve immediately. 

BTW, you are allowed to sample some, cause otherwise how will you know if they're edible.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Tapas for September

Another month, another Tapas and this time round I'm not the one washing the wine glasses the next morning.  
This month it's my friend Jill who's doing the heavy lifting, as it were.   She and her husband hosted Tapas last night, as a combo Tapas and housewarming.  They just moved to my neighborhood and wanted to have an open house and as it just so happens, Tapas is a great way to do so.   BTW, they have a lovely home, and it was a great evening. 
I had fun at least. 

Here's the food...
And since there's always that 'one dish', I'm going to tell you about it first.  And I'm so getting the recipe.  Even my bacon loving DH liked it.  And he's usually a purist when it comes to Bacon.
It was this, Caramelized Bacon. I snagged a piece just after I took this picture and then got a second one later on.  
Caramelized Bacon
Bacon with maple syrup and brown sugar.  So good. 
Now for the rest of the dishes.   A couple of Cheese Plates
Cheese Plate

Cheese Plate
A lovely Salmon Mousse molded Salad.  I haven't had one of these in years.  I think my mother had a copper mold like this or it could have been one of my sisters who had one.   I think I need a mold like this, it would be fun to make one of them again. 
Salmon Mold
And then there were these...
In no particular order - Pulled Pork in rolls
 Mexican Soup with meatballs, similar to the Albondigas Soup I make.
 Seafood Mac and Cheese.  I didn't get another shot of it, but did taste it.  You know I did, I do love my pasta.
Corn Salsa 
And some Pineapple, you knew that was coming, didn't you.
and...a GF free  Broccoli Casserole
as well as a Potato Salad
Lasagna 
And a Caesar Salad
Along with this Broccoli Salad
And there was even a Waldorf Salad
Some Baked Brie
As well as Deviled Eggs
 And some Potstickers
And yet more Pasta, a Rotelli with Sauce
Some Sausage Bites 

And this Casserole, which I barely got a taste of, but it had PASTA in it, as well as Bacon on top.

I did make a couple of things.  Some Stuffed Jalapeno's, since it had been a long time since I'd made some.
 And I played with some Potatoes, I'll share that recipe later on.   Kind of a cross between twice stuffed potatoes and the Loaded Potato Bowl I made recently.
 Now for the Desserts...
Fudge
And Brownies

As well as some Grapes, so pretty.
And these Oatmeal bites alongside a trifle
Last but not least this Banana Bundt Cake.

I think I got it all, this time.
 I'm going to go walk an extra mile or three this week, cause I've got another potluck coming up tomorrow to attend.
Heck with it, I'll just walk an extra mile each day this week, that way I can taste everything.