Irish Potato Skins

OK so if you don’t love Worst Cooks in America at least as much as I do, you really ought to rethink your priorities.  Anyhow, a couple weeks ago they threw a St. Paddy’s Day party and everyone had to make potato skins.

love potato skins…you really have no idea.  Ever since the show aired I’ve been thinking about them constantly (which may be why I have yet to get my ass in gear and start moving my house?)  Back when it was cool to get someone’s mom to drop us off at TGIFridays and get virgin margaritas on a Saturday night and because we were only 17 I could put away my weight in potato skins…just smothered with cheese and bacon and sour cream.  Holy Goodness…

Well, I guess things haven’t changed that much but at least I can drink legally and I like to think my palate is a smidge more refined.  Besides, it’s St. Paddy’s on Saturday and we’ve got some shennanigans planned.  Complete with potato skins.  That was my idea.  You’re welcome.

I totally recommend taking Vinny’s advice, too, and enjoying these with copious amounts of whiskey.  Mmmmm whiskey….


3 Sweet Potatoes or Yams

6 Thick-cut Slices of Bacon

1/2 lb Ground Sausage

1 Small Onion, diced

3-5 Jalapeno Peppers, chopped

1/2 t Salt

1/2 t Black Pepper

1/2 t Garlic Powder

Optional Toppings: Sour Cream, Irish Cheddar, Guacamole, Chives, Diced Tomato, Diced Fresh Onions, Jalepenos, etc…


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Slice potatoes in half lengthwise, and if you want more appetizer-sized portions slice them again in quarters.  Arrange on a baking sheet and bake for 35-45 minutes depending on size.

Meanwhile, brown your bacon, then dice it and toss in a large bowl.  Brown the sausage and onions as well.

When your potatoes are done, carefully remove from the oven.  With a spoon or melon baller, scoop out a layer or two of flesh and toss into the bowl of fillings.  You want to leave at least a half inch of flesh on the skin to keep its shape.

Mash the extra potato flesh into the filling and add peppers and seasoning.  Spoon filling into the potato skins.  Place back on the baking sheet and return to the oven for an additional 10 minutes, or until browned slightly on to and heated through.

Top with garnishes of choice!


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