Bonfire Night Snacks – Potato skins may just be the perfect choice
It’s firework night and the one time of the year when we often end up having a Bonfire night snacks in the dark. For small children this is almost as exciting as watching the fireworks.
The thing is as chief cook you don’t want to spend all evening in the kitchen you want to be part of the party too. So make sure whatever you decide to eat needs no last minute prep. Sausages cooked and kept warm for hot dogs you can not beat.
Jacket potatoes – again pre cook and just turn the oven right down low to keep them warm until you are ready to eat them.
If you fancy a change from jacket potatoes why not try making potato skins, easier to eat with fingers than jackets.
Great as you can create a range of fillings to cater for all tastes and diets. All you need to is let your guests add the filling of their choice, although personally I think well seasoned they are a nice snack on their own.
The great thing about these is that you can make them in advance so you won’t end up spending your whole time fiddling about in the kitchen.
The following recipe will feed about 6 depending on appetites and the size of your guests.
Take 12 potatoes weighing about 100g each and rub with olive oil and season before placing in the oven for 45 minutes until they feel slightly soft when squeezed.
Allow them to cool until you are able to handle them. Cut them in half lengthways and then into quarters. Scoop out the potato flesh leaving a layer of just 1cm.
Place the quarters on a wire rack above a roasting tin with the skin side facing downwards.
Brush the remaining surface with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Return to the oven for 15 minutes and allow to cool a little before adding fillings of your choice.
The potato skins can be made a couple of hours in advance and then warmed through ready for when you want to serve them.
The fillings you can prepare in advance and allow your guests to help themselves to. Grated cheese, baked beans, crème fraiche with chives, ragu, chilli, or crispy bacon bits, all work well or just add your own filling ideas.
Enjoy your Bonfire night snacks!