This week I’ve been rushing around, working hard and getting ready for a special occasion so I’ve barely had time to sit down, let alone prepare a proper meal. We’ve been grabbing food on the go and I’ve been avoiding the kitchen but yesterday I came home at a reasonable time and managed to drag myself off the sofa for long enough to make a treat for my husband and I. Okay, it’s still not a ‘full evening meal’ but it’s a tasty evening snack and something that I’ll eat often now that I’ve tried out the recipe! The treat that I rustled up was loaded potato skins and I made them two ways – one with smoked salmon Primula and sweetcorn (which hubby loves!) and smoked Primula cheese spread with ham (my favourite combination.) I recently got all of the special festive tubes (available in Asda) and I wanted to try out the different flavours in my recipes this month. I’m getting ready for a family Christmas party in December so I’ve been making a few recipes that I’ve never tried before in order to pick my favourites and get my snack-baking up to scratch before then! The loaded skins recipe is great for a quick evening snack (or indeed a savoury party treat) and we already had some left over baked potatoes from the day before so it was simply a case of scooping out the soft middles into a bowl, leaving the potato skins intact. For the first recipe I used a big dollop of the real cheese spread in smoked cheese flavour and diced up some ham. Mix these together along with a little salt and pepper before spooning the cheesy mash mixture back into the potato skins. Arrange them in an oven-proof dish and sprinkle over crushed tortilla chips and a grating of cheddar cheese. The indulgent limited edition smoked salmon cheese actually has pieces of salmon in the cheese so I only needed to add a squirt of the Primula, along with some leftover tinned sweetcorn and seasoning, then mashed it all together. Again scoop into the potato skins, sprinkle with crushed tortillas (or even just plain crisps) and more cheese. Pop the dish into the oven to heat through and melt the cheese until golden and bubbling – it took about 15 minutes in our oven at 180 degrees. We enjoyed the loaded potato skins while chilling out in front of the TV in the evening and even saved a couple to have as cold leftovers later. I think this recipe will be just right for my family Christmas party as a filling savoury treat. Let me know if you have a go at this recipe and send me your suggestions for different fillings by leaving me a comment below or tweeting me @Cassiefairy.
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