Vegan loaded potato skins for Super Bowl Sunday!

I hope you came here because you're looking for a Super Bowl snack recipe! Full disclosure: we ate these during the AFC championship game which, as Buffalo Bills fans, was our Super Bowl this year. That said, I'm always in it for the snacks, and this is one of my go-tos any time there is a "special" football game going on (first game of the season, Bills playing during primetime, playoffs, I happen to be visiting Reid in Ohio during football season... we'll take any excuse).

Who knew that run of the mill "bacon bits" are usually vegan? Yeah, they are made of soy protein isolate. I have a container of the McCormick Bac'n Pieces, which will probably last me the next 5 years because this is one of the only things I use them for and I only use a few each time. But they add just the right hit of salty and smoky to this appetizer, so go ahead and get yourself a container.

Ingredients (makes 6 potato skins):

3 large russet potatoes

1/2 cup vegan cheese (my favorites for this are Miyoko's cheddar or pepper jack shreds)

Cashew sour cream

3 scallions, finely chopped

Plant based bacon bits of choice

  1. Wash your russet potatoes well. Preheat the oven to 450 F and bake the potatoes for 1 hour, until fork tender. Let the potatoes cool until they are easy to handle, about 30 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 400 F.

  2. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop the flesh out of each half of the potato, leaving about 1/2 to 3/4 inch of potato on the skin on all sides. The flesh can be mixed with nondairy milk, vegan butter, and leftover cashew sour cream for easy mashed potatoes!

  3. Lay the potato skins out on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with the vegan cheese. Place the potatoes back in the oven for an additional 15 minutes to melt the cheese. (Optional step: if the vegan cheese does not look melted, place the potato skins on a plate and microwave for 45 seconds. Some vegan cheeses melt better in the microwave than in the oven!)

  4. Dollop the potato skins with cashew sour cream, scallions, and bacon bits and enjoy! Whether your team wins or loses, you'll have a great time if you're eating these skins!

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