Childhood memories can be a funny thing. What you may have though as your entire universe back then can pale into comparision to how you view things as an adult. Restaurant meals were a rare event when I was growing up. These happened only on the most special occasions. I remember my mother would read through the details of every dish on the menu and order something she considered different and foreign for the time.
I can't remember what the occasion was when I discovered what I thought was the height of sophistication...the bacon and cheese potato skin. We were out for a meal and the adults had ordered a platter of these crispy, cheesey potato skins. I remember them being placed in the middle of the table and they were all lined up neatly on their large platter looking all golden and delicious. The first bite of into one of these crunchy little jems was glorious! So as a child this is what I considered to be pretty up there when it came to dining out.
We were heading out for drinks at a neighbour's recently. Wondering what type of finger food to bring along given these neighbours had fairly traditional tastes, the potato skins were once again transported from the past into my thoughts. And with that, I decided to make these little appetisers, once the height of cuisine and now a retro flashback.
None the less, these were perfect little finger food to have with our chilled glasses of wine.
Has this happened to you? Which food or dish do you remember fondly from childhood?
Baked potato skins with bacon & cheese
6 large potatoes
8 rashers short cut bacon, diced finely
1 cup grated cheese ( I used reduced fat tasty cheese)
250g sour cream (I used the light version)
Zest of 1 lemon & juice of ½ lemon
¼ cup chives, finely sliced
1. Place potatoes on an oven tray and bake at 180C for an hour. Test with a skewer to ensure they are cooked. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes.
2. In a non stick pan with a little olive oil spray, fry the bacon until crispy.
3. Cut the cooked potatoes into quarters length ways. Taking a spoon, scoop out the potato flesh leaving about ½ cm attached to the potato skin.
4. Place potato skins on an oven tray lined with baking paper.
5. Top each potato skin with bacon and cheese. Add S&P to taste.
6. Place the tray under a hot grill. Grill until golden and the cheese is melted.
7. Serve with the sour cream mixed with lemon zest, lemon juice, chives and salt.