1.29.2013

NFL Potato Skins: Super Bowl Snack Genius!

So exactly one year ago, I'm flipping through Food Network Magazine when I stop dead in my tracks. I turn the magazine lengthwise, similar to how I can only imagine a man would to an issue of Playboy, and start to "Oooh" and "Ahhh." My husband, Bryan, looks at me curiously, finally asking "What food needs an entire vertical spread of a magazine?"

"Potato skins. Customized for each of the NFL's 32 teams," I replied.

"Oohhh," he said. Followed by a grab for the magazine and a "Lemme see!"

It was then that he understood. Simply put, the idea of creating custom potato skin recipes reflecting a city's local ingredients, flavors and food favorites is brilliant. Totally brilliant. Which is exactly why I'm sharing this post again, two years later. It's a classic, just like these potato skins. So even if your favorite team isn't in the Super Bowl, find the recipe and try it anyway. At least they can be at your Big Game party in spirit!

Here's how you make each of the potato skins:

General directions: Pierce 4 large russet potatoes with a fork. Bake directly on the oven rack at 350 degrees until tender, about 1 hour. Let cool, then quarter lengthwise and scoop out the flesh, leaving a 1/4-inch shell. Brush both sides with melted butter and season with salt and pepper. Bake, skin-side up, at 450 degrees until crisp, about 15 minutes. Add your favorite team toppings. (For cheesy skins, flip the baked shells over before topping, sprinkle with 1 cup grated cheddar cheese and bake an extra 5 minutes.)

AFC TEAMS
Chesapeake Butter Potato Skins: Melted butter, Old Bay Seasoning, grated parmesan and chopped chives


Hot Wing Potato Skins: Blue cheese dressing, cayenne hot sauce, and chopped celery and carrots

Five-Way Chili Potato Skins: Cincinnati-style chili, kidney beans, chopped onion, shredded cheddar and oyster crackers

All the Way Potato Skins: Deli-sliced corned beef, shredded Swiss cheese, grated horseradish and spicy mustard; bake 5 more minutes
Western Omelet Potato Skins: Sauteed green pepper, onion and ham, paprika and chopped parsley on cheesy skins

Tex-Mex Potato Skins: Refried beans, crumbled chorizo, shredded monterey jack, hot sauce and pickled jalapenos
Fried Pork Potato Skins: Mayonnaise mixed with mustard and hot sauce, sliced fried pork cutlets, chopped tomato and diced red onion
Deviled Crab Potato Skins: Crab salad, cayenne pepper and paprika; bake 5 more minutes
KC BBQ Potato Skins: Pulled pork, barbecue sauce and sliced scallions on cheesy skins
Cubano Potato Skins: Mayonnaise, sliced ham, Swiss cheese, mustard and sliced pickles; bake 5 more minutes
Maple-Bacon Potato Skins: Apple butter, crisp bacon and maple syrup on cheesy skins
Deli Pastrami Potato Skins: Deli-sliced pastrami, Russian dressing and dill pickle slices on cheesy skins
Loaded Tacos Potato Skins: Shredded chicken mixed with taco seasoning, queso blanco, sour cream, salsa, pickled jalapeƱos and cilantro
Steel City Sausage Potato Skins: Sauteed onions and kielbasa, sauerkraut and grated Swiss cheese; bake 5 more minutes
California Fresh Potato Skins: Guacamole, sprouts and shredded monterey jack
Nashville Side Potato Skins: Creamy mac and cheese; bake 5 more minutes

NFC TEAMS
Southwestern Nachos Potato Skins: Salsa, pickled jalapenos, chopped scallions and cilantro, and sour cream on cheesy skins
Georgia Peach Potato Skins: Peach preserves mixed with yellow mustard, cubed ham and canned fried onions on cheesy skins
Country Ham Potato Skins: Ham salad, chopped parsley and minced pickles on cheesy skins

The Works Potato Skins: Sweet pickle relish, dill pickle spear, pickled peppers, yellow mustard, chopped onion and tomato, celery salt and poppy seeds

Texas Chili Potato Skins: Chunky chili, grated longhorn cheddar, chopped onion, sour cream and hot sauce
Coney Dog Potato Skins: Sliced hot dogs, chili, diced onions, shredded cheddar and yellow mustard
Wisconsin Beer Brats Potato Skins: Beer cheese spread, sliced grilled bratwurst and brown mustard
Cheeseburgers Potato Skins: Grilled mini burgers, lettuce, tomato, ketchup and pickles on cheesy skins


Muffuletta Potato Skins: Assorted sliced Italian deli meats, provolone, olive salad and sliced pepperoncini
Sausage and Peppers Potato Skins: Sauteed onions, green peppers and Italian sausage and fresh mozzarella; bake 5 more minutes
Cheesesteaks Potato Skins
Sauteed onions and roast beef, Worcestershire sauce and Cheez Whiz; bake 5 more minutes
Frisco Gourmet Potato Skins: Artichokes pureed with goat cheese, garlic, fresh herbs and olive oil; bake 5 more minutes
Pacific Salmon Potato Skins: Flaked grilled salmon, sauteed wild mushrooms, and chopped parsley and chives
Toasted Ravioli Potato Skins: Ricotta mixed with parmesan and chopped basil, tomato sauce and shredded mozzarella; bake 5 more minutes
Mojo Shrimp Potato Skins: Shrimp sauteed with rum and mojo sauce
Red-Slaw Skins Potato Skins: Red-cabbage slaw and crumbled bacon on red potato skins

12 comments:

  1. Haha, that's fricken awesome. My favorite is the Tennesee Titans

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  2. i love the superbowl!

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  3. These are great! I'm from Jacksonville and had Jags season tickets when we lived there. That being said, the Jax version was my least favorite, lol.

    But dang that is an inventive list of skins!

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  4. shit... the superbowl was five months ago... now, to make these, im gonna have to wait till next january...

    if only it were year round food.... and not just for the superbowl...

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  5. I don't even like football, but I think I would put up with watching it if I got to make a couple of these for each game... *drools*

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  6. Are you kidding?!? This is the most amazing post ever! I stumbled on this and as I continued to scroll down.....and down....and down....and down...I fell in love deeper and deeper.

    This will save any marriage. Instead of my husband stealing the remote I will turn the laptop on and have him scroll...meanwhile I will slowly take the remote from his hand as he is ogling over these delicious and versatile skins....You basically saved man kind.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  7. You are my new hero! Alton Brown used to be my hero, but this, well this is basically saving my culinary life. I am invited to a Super Bowl party (the same one I go to every year) and could not think of one single thing to bring to the table. This is not like me..I am the one who always brings the coolest food!

    Because I am from PA, it's a no brainer as to which version I am bringing...but this is the answer to my dreams...

    Thank you thank you thank you

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  8. Cincinnati Bengals is totally delicious. You can watch the superbowl without eating one of this snacks.

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  9. It is really exciting, delicious, unique taste and different. The recipe is excellent and accordingly the taste and smell of all the varieties from potato skins. It is really enjoyable.

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  10. *drool* the one with crab has me STARVING NOW! I can't finish my PB sanddwich. it doesn't taste good anymore ;)

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