Grilled Loaded Potato Skins
Stuffed potato skins, or loaded potato skins, make a wonderful appetizer if you are cooking for friends or family. These stuffed potato skins are started off in the microwave and finished on the grill to make them tender yet crispy and full of flavor.
What a fantastic idea for either an appetizer or a side dish.
Potatoes make great comfort food no matter how you prepare them, so if you want something different from mashed potatoes, boiled potatoes, baked potatoes or fries, try loaded potato skins and you will be really impressed with them.
The cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and onion taste wonderful together but, if you are entertaining non-vegetarians, you can use 3 cooked, crumbled bacon strips instead of the sun-dried tomatoes in this recipe.
As an alternative dip to sour cream, you could try garlic mayonnaise, Thousand Island dressing or even barbecue sauce. These stuffed potato skins are always a hit with guests and they are simple to make. You can even do the same and try some grilled sweet potatoes instead of regular ones.
Serve them at a buffet or offer then as a side dish whenever you have your next cookout. They are quite filling so a couple of skins per person should be sufficient, or just one if you want to serve them as a light appetizer.
These are usually eaten with a knife and fork (especially if anyone does not want to eat the skin) but they can also be eaten as finger food if you offer a napkin with each one and do not mind the occasion morsel of potato on your floor.
Something else you might want to do is include one of these in a box lunch for your partner or for the kids. This is an unusual idea but potato is filling and these taste fine chilled. Wrap one in aluminum foil, pop it in a box lunch, and see what kind of comments you get later.
To make this crowd-pleaser, you need to microwave the potato skins until they are tender to prepare them for stuffing. Bake them in the oven if you prefer but microwaving is quicker so you might as well do them in there.
A rosemary-flavored butter goes all over the skins and then it is time to fill them with cheese, onion and sun-dried tomatoes to add an aromatic yet hearty flavor.
Cook them until the cheese begins to melt and then it is time to serve them.
Grilled Loaded Potato Skins
- 2 large baking potatoes
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 green onions chopped
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes chopped
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
- Sour cream
- Preheat the grill to medium hot.
- Cut each potato lengthwise into four wedges. Cut away the white part, leaving only ¼ inch on the potato skins. Microwave the skins on high for 10 minutes or until tender.
- Mix together the butter, salt, pepper and rosemary and brush this on both sides of the potato skins.
- Grill the potatoes, skin side up and uncovered, for 2 or 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn the potatoes and position them over an indirect heat.
- Grill for two more minutes.
- Top with cheese, cover, and grill until the cheese melts. Sprinkle with onions and sun-dried tomatoes.
- Serve with sour cream.
If you want to adapt the ingredients then go for it. You might like to add bacon or use ham, exchange the sun-dried tomatoes for jalapeños or the rosemary for basil or oregano. .
There are all kinds of little tweaks you can play around with in order to get these tasting exactly as you want them to taste, and you can have them spicy or mild, piping hot or pleasantly warm, and make any other changes you want.
Add a bunch of grilled mixed vegetables as a vegan alternative as a filling healthy meal.
This is part of the joy of preparing your own food instead of reheating something frozen out of a package which is never going to taste fresh or look particularly appetizing.