Super Bowl Snacks: Parmesan Potato Skins

We are gearing up for the Super Bowl tomorrow and our favorite part of the game is the SNACKS! Duh! Followed by the commercials in a close second, and the actual game comes in third.  One of the best Super Bowl snacks and one of our favorites is potato skins, and these ones are oooooohhhhhh so yummy!  With a little twist from the traditional potato skins, we swap cheddar cheese for parmesan and sour cream for ranch and PRESTO! We have these delicious, crispy, bacony, potato skins.  They are sure to be a favorite with all the guys watching the big game tomorrow!

[What you need]

6 small to medium sized russet potatoes (it doesn't really matter the size, just that they're all about the same size)
8 slices of bacon
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
vegetable oil
ranch dressing

[What to do]

First things first, preheat your oven to 400.  Wash your potatoes and dry them off.  Next, put your potatoes onto a platter or in a bowl and drizzle with some vegetable oil.  Next, get your hands all up in there and make sure that each potato is completely coated in oil.  Place the potatoes on a foil lined baking sheet and pop it into the oven.  Bake it for about 30-40 minutes, until the potatoes are tender all the way through, it will take longer if you have bigger potatoes.

While the potatoes are cooking, cook your bacon until crispy and chop it up into small pieces and set aside.  Next chop up your green onions and grate your cheese and set aside.

By this point, your potatoes are probably done.  When they are done, remove them from the oven and slice them in half the long ways.  Using a spoon, scrape out the "meat" inside the potato leaving a layer about 1/4 of an inch think around the skin.

Place the potatoes cut side down back on the baking sheet and baste them with a little vegetable oil.  Turn the oven onto broil (high) and place them back into the oven so that the skins get nice and crispy, about 5 minutes, but watch them closely so that they don't burn.  When they're done pull them out, flip them over, baste the insides with some vegetable oil and and put them back in the oven.  This time broil them for about 3 minutes until the just start to turn a golden color.

When they're done, pull them out and sprinkle the parmesan cheese on them and put them back into the oven for about 2 minutes to melt the cheese.  Again, watch them closely and pull them out right when the cheese melts.

Next, fill them with the bacon and green onions, drizzle with ranch dressing and serve!  They are promised to be a hit with everyone, just try not to eat them all before you serve them!