One day, towards the beginning of the new year, I was sick. And my kids were sick. The only one who dodged was T-bone, and he was working up a storm. At some point, I knew my children would be hungry and since I hadn't left my house (or the same pajamas) in a week, I literally only had 12 potatoes; 4 of which had gone bad, 2 frozen chicken breasts, some leftover green onions, 3 pieces of bacon and half a block of cheese in my fridge/cupboard. (also some various condiments and canned vegetables, which happen to help this story quite a bit at the end)
I put my thinking cap on and came up with potato skins. Not just any potato skins, BBQ Chicken Potato Skins. Here's how I made them:
First, I rubbed the raw potatoes with a little canola oil and baked them at 400 for about 45 minutes. When they were done I cut them lengthwise and let 'em cool just a sec all the while putting my measly three pieces of bacon in a skillet AND simultaneously putting my chicken on to boil.
Then, I scraped just a little of the potato out to make room for all the yummies that were going to go inside it. Kind of like a potato boat. I rubbed them down with a little more canola, sprinkled generously with salt, and popped them back in the oven, boat side up, for a few more minutes until they got just a little crispy.
Once my bacon was done, I crumbled it and set it aside. When the chicken was done and cooled, I shredded it and mixed it up with BBQ sauce, Sweet Baby Ray's to be exact, and then set it aside also. You really can't go wrong with Sweet Baby Ray's, right?
When the potatoes arrived at my desired crispiness, I pulled them out of the oven and filled each one with BBQ chicken, bacon crumbles, and cheese. I put them back into the oven for about 7 minutes more just to melt the cheese and then topped them off with sour cream (that I just so happened to find in the fride, remember? Luckily it didn't have mold growing in it yet) and chopped green onions. Sided it with my last two cans of green beans and suddenly, I had saved dinner.
I mean, it was pretty awesome. And these would be an awesome addition to any Super Bowl Party that might be happening this weekend. Except for the one that Travis thinks he is going to go to without me. I don't think so.