As I mentioned earlier this week I am trying out all kinds of appetizers and dips in preparation for football season. Our go to recipes the past few years have been: jalapeno poppers, pan fried onion dip, baked fontina, reuben dip, and pizza dip. It was time for some new ideas. A couple weeks ago Cliff and I did a long weekend getaway to St. Louis. Neither of had even been but we had a great time. Hopefully, I can share the pictures with you soon. While we were there I had spinach artichoke potato skins. I love potato skins but I have not had a potato skin in about 20 years! I didn’t even realize it was something you could make at home. I’m not really sure what I thought restaurants did to potatoes to make potato skins but I definitely thought it would be difficult!
Not the case. It took awhile to bake the potatoes but it was mostly hands off. I adapted my spinach artichoke dip slightly to make a filling for the potatoes. So, that part was easy. Then, I just baked the potatoes, coated them with oil and waited for them to crisp up. Anyone can do it! I really liked the potato skins I had in St. Louis but I must say, mine were even better! Now I am inspired to try more combinations. Like pizza potato skins!
2 baking potatoes
¼ cup vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon flour
½ cup milk
2.5 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
½ can artichoke hearts, chopped & drained
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
¼ cup grated Romano cheese
Dash hot sauce
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Scrub the potatoes clean. Coat the potatoes with vegetable oil. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove the potatoes from the oven and allow them to cool. Slice the potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out most of the potato filling. Coat the cut side and the outside with more oil. Bake the potatoes for an additional 10 minutes cut side down. Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Begin by making a white sauce. Melt butter in a pot over low heat. Whisk in the flour. Continue cooking until smooth and bubbly. Add the milk. Continue whisking until the mixture boils. Remove from heat. Add the rest of the ingredients. I used about 1 tablespoon of hot sauce, but use as much as you’d like. Scoop the filling into the potatoes and bake for 10 more minutes.
Source: A Live Love Pasta Original