Thursday, September 6, 2012

South Western Potato Skins

Boston Pizza is one of our favourite restaurants here in Ontario, Canada. 3 of us always share a couple of appetizers and this is the ONE – always we have South Western Potato Skins with whatever other appetizer we are in mood for. It has never happened that we have ever said no to this appetizer. We all love potatoes, and if they come loaded with chicken, bacon and sour cream, no way we would pass! So one fine Saturday morning, when I was preparing my weekly menu and grocery list, I thought, why don’t I try to make these potato skins at home and see how it turns out. I know the main ingredients that go in the recipe. So I jotted down a few ingredients, made up my own sauces and come evening, prepared this same dish for our appetizer. And voila… it was a huge hit..If I ever ask both what they would feel like having for snack, the request is always for this dish.

BP skins
Here’s how I made it.

South Western Potato Skins

3 baking potatoes, cut into wedges(I made 6 wedges out of 1, so total of 18 wedges)
Salt and pepper as needed
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, optional
1 cup cheddar cheese
¼ cup oil
¼ cup bbq sauce(your choice, add a few drops of hot sauce if you like)
1 cup sour cream
¼ cup mayonnaise
1-2 tbsp garlic powder(or more, depend on your taste)
1-2 tbsp water
2-3 strips of turkey bacon, optional
Chopped parsley for garnish

How to:

Salt and pepper the chicken breast and roast it in 400° F oven for about 15-20 minutes until chicken is cooked.
Cube the chicken, set aside.
Take the potato wedges.
Slice off half the potato flesh, reserve for future use or just make mashed potato!
Arrange the wedges in a microwave safe plate, cook for about 5 minutes till they are almost cooked.
Toss the potato wedges carefully in oil, salt and pepper and Italian seasoning.
Arrange them on an oven proof platter.
Place chicken cubes on each wedge.
Drizzle bbq sauce and cheese.
Place in the hot oven till the cheese melts and the potato skins are brown.
In the mean time, prepare garlic sauce by mixing sour cream, mayo, water and garlic powder.
Once the platter is out of the oven, sprinkle with bacon pieces, garlic sauce.
Garnish with parsley and enjoy.