It’s Super Bowl Sunday, and though I’m not throwing a party, I decided to make a little something special for my husband and me to enjoy while he watches the game and I sit in the recliner beside him and read a book (A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, in case you want to read along). Since I’d like to get the recipe posted in time for you to make it today, if you want, you’ll have to forgive me if I get straight to the recipe.
Basically, I cooked small, waxy red potatoes, scooped out the insides, and roasted the shells. And then I used those potato innards as the basis for a lightened up guacamole, which I inserted back into the potatoes. They are pretty delicious, if I do say so, and are a much less-processed way to enjoy guac than with tortilla chips. I hope you have a chance to make them, if not today then the next time you need a lighter-but-rich-tasting party food.
- 15 small red potatoes, about 1 3/4 pounds
- 1 avocado
- 1 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 clove garlic, pressed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne or other red pepper
- 1 tablespoon red onion
- 1 tablespoon chives
- salt and black pepper,, to taste
- Wash the potatoes well. Place them in a large saucepan, cover with water, and add a generous amount of salt (when the water tastes slightly salty is enough). Bring to a boil and cook, covered, until potatoes are soft when pierced with a fork, about 15 minutes. Remove from water and allow to cool until they’re easily handled.
- Preheat oven to 400F. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise. Use a melon baller or measuring spoon to scoop out about 1 teaspoon of flesh from each potato half, leaving a rim with a thickness of about 1/4-inch. Put the removed potato flesh into a large bowl. Place potatoes skin side down on a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and bake for 15-20 minutes.
- While the potatoes are baking, make the guacamole. Mash the potatoes until smooth. Add the avocado and lime juice and mash well. Add all remaining ingredients except the red onion and chives.
- When the potato skins are just beginning to get crispy, remove them from the oven. Allow them to cool slightly and fill with guacamole. Sprinkle with red onions and chives and serve warm or room temperature.
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