How do you feel about potato skins?
We have this family friend, Brian, that was born in the States and now lives in Santiago. Anyway, he dropped in for a visit last week on his way through town with a coworker of his and they stayed the night. His coworker, Leo, is this very Chilean man, oh and he loved my shower by the way (funny and weird at the same time). It’s always fun for me to have fresh people to feed, so I hope the things I served didn’t seem too strange to Leo because there is such a difference in the food here.
In fact, during our conversation, my family’s recent event when we had 5 gabillion people in our house came up. You may remember me mentioning it. It was a mixed group of Gringos and Chileans but we decided to serve chili and baked potatoes with skins on, something that I thought would be pretty mild on the culture shock meter because it’s a typical southern dish that’s known all over the US. I mean you’ve eaten that right?
Well, Leo seemed to reconfirm what we already figured out at the gathering, Chileans just think skin on potatoes is weird. He said they think of it as being comparable to eating a banana with the peel. But I happen to think that mayo on hot dogs and putting olives into everything with the pits still in is strange too, so I think that makes us pretty square.
Oh well, so I’m probably not going to be able to start a mass awaking in this country of the fact that potato skins are actually really good, but I can at least share this recipe with you guys because you get it.
Okay, and I think I can guess what you’re thinking now, where is the meat and cheese? I am definitely not averse to piling it on high, I mean I think this, and this, and this, oh and this, are all reasonable proof that I’m no vegan.
Honestly, the reason I kept these vegan was simply a case of what killed the cat. I just wanted to see if they would still be amazing without the key ingredients of beef and cheddar to prove to myself, and whoever else cared to know, that tater skins are bomb no matter what. I think I did prove it too! These are so good that you don’t miss it and yet they are childishly simple.
I’m not saying you can’t add to these though. By all means, go crazy and add sausage, bacon, handfuls of cheese, whatever you think these could use. Oh and some cilantro would be great too, I would have added it but I was out of it when I made these. You should definitely throw some on yours though, yum!
Ingredients Instructions Notes Meat and/or cheese make great additions for these if you aren't a vegan. Throw in some ground beef to the filling or sprinkle cheddar cheese and broil for a few minutes.
Meat and/or cheese make great additions for these if you aren't a vegan. Throw in some ground beef to the filling or sprinkle cheddar cheese and broil for a few minutes.