Baked Potato Shooters
Bacon, Mexican Crema, Cheese, and Chives
Chive Blossoms Too
I credit Graham Elliot with this idea. A couple weeks ago, we had a wonderful meal at his eponymous bistro in Chicago. On the menu – baked potato soup / traditional accompaniments, untraditional ways.
At a recent party, I served liquid baked potato untraditionally in 2 oz. shot glasses with traditional accompaniments of bacon, sour cream, cheese, and chives. They were a big hit. Thanks, Graham.
And with their savory garlic-oniony flavor and pretty lavender color, chive blossoms from my garden added a charming untraditional finishing touch.
Baked Potato Shooters Recipe
- 2 T. unsalted butter
- 1 c. sweet onion (like vidalia), thinly sliced
- 5 medium-large red potatoes, peeled and quartered
- 2 c. milk
- salt and white pepper
Sauté onion in butter until very soft but not browned. Put potatoes and milk in a medium sauce pan, add onion and residual melted butter. Bring milk to a boil then simmer until the potatoes are very tender. Let cool slightly then blend until smooth. Season with nutmeg, salt and white pepper.
- cheese, fine shred
- chives, finely chopped
- mexican crema
- chive blossoms
Cook bacon until very crisp. Drain well on paper towels. Cool to room temperature. Pulse in a food processor to make bacon bits. I use Mexican crema instead of sour cream because it has the perfect drizzle consistency and a sweet cream flavor. Garnish the baked potato shooters with a dribble of crema, cheese, bacon, and chives.
Note: Vegetarians can simply omit bacon.
If edible (free of insecticide/herbicide) chive blossoms are available, add two or three little florets to each shooter. Rinse in cool water. Remove the central stem from the flower cluster to release the separate florets.
My absolute favorite new kitchen toy for entertaining is a 2.5 liter stainless steel lined Airpot. It is perfect for keeping pureed soups hot or cold for hours. And it is easy for guests to serve themselves by pushing down on the lever.
Note: If using an airpot for soups, make sure to pass the soup through a fine-mesh sieve so that it is completely smooth with no solids that could clog the suction pipe.
The Chef tweets my baked potato shooters are “awesome.”
While baked potato shooters go a step beyond “mashed,” potatoes have been reduced to an elegant soft pulpy state, thus are included in this week’s round-up.
#SensationalSides is a season long franchise where Food Network editors team up with bloggers to share recipes about everyone’s favorite side dishes. This week’s sensational side features MASHED PRODUCE. Get inspiration from our very popular Pinterest Board with over 400,000 followers called Let’s Pull Up A Chair here.
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