Shrimp & Bacon Stuffed Baby Potatoes

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by Chris on November 7, 2011


We are knee deep in football season y’all. Down here, in the south, college football isn’t just a sport; it’s a religion. To be honest, I don’t have a clue why.  I didn’t grow up here. Sports were big at home, but not cult-ish, like in this area. Personally, and with no surprise, I have never been into sports. Sure, I tried to be athletic in high school but I was a two-left-feet klutz trying to run down the field just trying not to pass out. In college, the closest I came to sports was through the guys I “hung” out with and my West Campus dorm room.

Maybe the draw of the game, for others, is the local kid who gets to live out his dream, the players who are still “one of us”, not yet tainted by the dark side of celebrity, money, fame and contracts, or the simplicity behind following the progress of the players through their high school into college years.   Whatever the reason for college football’s popularity, the rivalries, the traditions, mascots, or the pageantry of it all, one thing is for sure.  Come Saturdays, jerseys are pressed and ready to be worn, window flags are hooked onto car doors, and beer sales new highs.

Even though I am not a sports gal, there are two aspects of college football I kind of dig.  (1) I become a football widow on Saturdays which gives me the day to play. (2) Game day food.  Whether tail-gating in a concrete lot somewhere or in the living room on a La-Z-Boy, football eats are kind of irresistible. So, in the spirit of the game and this weekend’s rivalry, like the one in  UGA vs. Auburn, I am posting some delicious food any armchair quarterback will enjoy.  These amped up nibbles are a must.  Long gone are the days of wimpy cheddar cheese, bacon and sour cream on a wimpy ‘tater skin. These skins bring an old classic to a wonderfully decadent and creamy level.

Other ‘Skins In the Tailgating Section

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Kate November 8, 2011 at 5:32 AM

I grew up in the midwest and football was huge deal there too. But I always figured it was due to living in a small town more than anything else.

coffee in a cup November 8, 2011 at 5:38 AM

good morning!
thank you for mentioning my ‘filled potato skins’ recipe and for linking it back to my blog – much appreciated!

Victoria Challalncin November 8, 2011 at 9:53 AM

I live in Mexico where soccer/futbol is king. If I have a house full of my visiting son’s friends here for a game over the holidays, I will definitely try these. They look great–and interesting! Thanks for sharing.

Barbara | Creative Culinary November 8, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Oh my goodness. I don’t know what else to say…the shrimp, the cheese? Takes something I already love over the top.

Melissa | Dash of East November 8, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Loving this combo of shrimp, cheese and potatoes! And yay for us Saturday football widows! I do enjoy the extra free time on Saturdays, more time to cook and photograph! haha :)

Michele November 8, 2011 at 12:54 PM

I know how you feel. I, too, am a football widow. This recipe looks absolutely delicious! My husband would love it.

Doug November 14, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Tried this recipe this weekend. Very good. The use of Gouda is brilliant. I will make them again, but I’m going to back off of the Old Bay just a little; it is almost overwhelming the shrimp and bacon.

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