Yesterday we were invited to a football party to watch Alabama stomp Florida. My heart belongs to the Seminoles but I do love Alabama... and of course I root for whoever is playing against the Gators...
I wanted to bring something unique to the party and something that would be fun for the girls and I to make together. Mike had the idea for potato skins, but I wanted something with a bit more... personality. A little brainstorming, a little internet searching, a little trial and error, and Tailgating Tater Muffins were born!
four large russet baking potatoes
2 tbs margarine
1 cup bacon bits
1 cup cheddar cheese
Begin by cutting up the potatoes like french fries and boil for about 6 minutes or until soft. Add margarine and mash, leaving some chunks in the mix.
Now the fun part begins. Spray down your muffin pans with a lot of cooking spray. This will keep them from sticking so don't be stingy. Then spoon in the mix into each muffin and hollow out the center, making sure to leave enough at the very bottom to keep the muffin firm. Make sure to leave plenty on the sides - you will be filling the "hole" in the center with all kinds of yumminess. This was the Tween's favorite part.
Once you are happy with your "muffins" spray the top with cooking spray again and bake at 400* for 30-45 minutes or until brown and crispy. Use a fork to gently remove your "muffins" and fill with whatever toppings you choose. You can also fill fill cheese and bacon bits and bake for about 10 minutes... making sure not to forget them in the oven like I did. Top with sour cream, chives, and whatever other toppings you choose.
These were a huge hit at the party and were simple and "fun" enough that we will make again and again. They taste just like loaded potato skins, but with a little bit of crunch!
Next time I am thinking I will make some with sweet potatoes and top with cinnamon, sugar, and marshmallows! 🙂