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Touch Down with Potato Skin Nachos on Super Bowl Sunday!

One of the joys of being a British Ex Pat living here in the US, is getting caught up with all the excitement of big sporting events. Yesterday, back home, the first of the big games with the oval ball commenced with the Rugby Six Nations Tournament kicking off in the UK and England beating Scotland in the Calcutta Cup. Here today, its Superbowl 50, the Main Event of the ‘Football’ season and a massive US sporting celebration

This year the spectacle takes place in the San Francisco Bay area in California where the Carolina Panthers will take on the Denver Broncos. Folks will gather round their TVs nationwide, gallons of beer will be downed and a veritable mountain range of snack foods consumed

So, I thought I might contribute a recipe for a fun tasty fresh snack to aid this national occasion with a nod to the classic American Tex-Mex cuisine but with a little Scottish twist

Ingredients (for 4)

2. Ingredients

The main Ingredients

  • 2lb  or, half a dozen russet potatoes, washed and pierced with a fork
  • 8oz refried beans
  • 2 avocados stoned, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 6 oz  grated sharp cheddar cheese – I used Scottish Mull of Kintyre Extra Mature Cheddar
  • Salsa
  • The juice of a lime
  • Half a clove of garlic finely chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Sour Cream
  • Sliced preserved jalapeno peppers
  • Hot pepper sauce
  • Sea salt and pepper to season


3. Potato Skins

Scooping out the flesh of the cooked potatoes

  • Bake the potatoes in the oven at 400F for 1 hour
  • Whilst the potatoes are cooking prepare the salsa – check out my recipe at
  • Then, muddle the avocado cubes in a bowl with the lime juice, olive oil, garlic and seasoning
  • Remove the potatoes from the oven, slice in half and scoop out the insides
  • Fill each potato with a scoop or two of the refried beans, topping with the cheddar and a dash of hot sauce
  • Change the oven setting to broil and return the filled potatoes to the oven and cook until the cheese starts to brown
  • Take the skins from the oven, placing 1 generous dollop of the salsa, avocado mix and sour cream to fill the potatoes and scatter the jalapeno peppers on top

    4. First Load

    First load of filling for the skins

Serve immediately with a nice cold beer as you root for your team to win the 2016 Super Bowl


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