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Game Day Recipe: Potato Skin Footballs


Ask anyone who knows us and they’ll tell you we’re a football family. The hubs and I are both University of Florida alumni, so we’re obviously all over college football and, frankly, that’s where most of my interest in the sport lies. I follow our local team because I’m proud of my city, but there is only one time of the year when I don’t miss an NFL game…and that’s when the Big Game rolls around. Sure, watching the actual game is fun, but for me, the real action is in the tailgating. Who cares if we’re tailgating from the couch? Haha! Any excuse to bust out tailgating fare is A-ok by me!

naturally fresh classic ranch dressing

So, I thought I would share one of my family’s favorite game day appetizers…It’s a fun take on traditional potato skins using oh so tasty Naturally Fresh Classic Ranch dressing, made with Naturally Fresh’s® own buttermilk, as the topper. Anyone can use sour cream…Why not switch things up a bit? And with the Naturally Fresh line being free of artificial flavors, colors and preservatives, you can feel good about serving it to your guests! No MSG in sight. This girl can get behind that!

Ingredients (serves 8):

8 oblong potatoes
1/4 cup butter
salt and pepper
1 1/2 cup shredded cheese
8 slices of cooked bacon
plastic sandwich bag
2 tbs of Naturally Fresh Classic Ranch Dressing

potaot skin footballs


1. Rinse and dry your potatoes (AKA footballs), poke some holes in them with a fork and bake at 400 degrees F for about an hour.
2. Let them cool a bit then cut in half (lengthwise) and scoop out the majority of the flesh.
3. Brush each potato skin with butter (front and back).
4. Salt and pepper to taste.
5. Broil for 8 minutes, flipping them halfway through.
6. Top each potato skin with cheese and bacon.
7. Broil for 3-4 minutes until the cheese is melted.
8. Cut off the tip of a plastic sandwich bag, add the Naturally Fresh Classic Ranch Dressing and use it to draw the “laces” on your potato skin footballs.
9. Enjoy!

cute kid

potato skins

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  • Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    Oh yum! We love potato skins in our house! These sound awesome.

    February 2, 2016 at 6:14 pm Reply
  • Cathy

    What a fun and cute idea. Not as cute as that adorable model of yours, but cute just the same. You can’t go wrong with potatoes, cheese, and bacon!

    February 2, 2016 at 6:17 pm Reply
  • Rebecca Bryant

    Oh wow those looks delicious. I do enjoy a good potato skin.

    February 2, 2016 at 7:02 pm Reply
  • Monica Maloney Heidler

    I’m with you, if my city isn’t in there I’m all about the super bowl parties and the food! Your potato skins look amazing. The ballerina likes them…She is adorable!!!!

    February 2, 2016 at 7:15 pm Reply
  • Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy

    I love potato skins and those are really cute. Have fun watching the game…and eating the food.

    February 2, 2016 at 7:37 pm Reply
  • Mama to 5 BLessings

    Those potato skins turned out SO cute! I love this brand dressing, it is my favorite. So creamy and delicious!

    February 2, 2016 at 8:11 pm Reply
  • Keikilani

    Your potato skins look so good!!! I am all about the food at the football party!!!

    February 2, 2016 at 9:09 pm Reply
  • Athena

    These potato skins are so cute. I can’t imagine they would last very long in our house – they are too delicious to be left uneaten…

    February 2, 2016 at 10:07 pm Reply
  • Heather lawrence

    These are my favourite appy!
    I haven’t made them in ages because I over made them but after seeing the pictures I am craving one.
    oi! They look delicious!

    February 2, 2016 at 10:34 pm Reply
  • LauraFunk

    These are too easy! I am definitely going to make these. My favorite snack is potato skins

    February 2, 2016 at 11:42 pm Reply
  • Carol Bryant

    You inspired me to try these – If I make them for Super Bowl, I will let you know how they turned out. So cute, too!

    February 2, 2016 at 11:56 pm Reply
  • Rosey

    My favorite game day dish is pizza, lol. Pizza is always my favorite answer. 😉 I like the idea of making the skins out of sweet potatoes!

    February 3, 2016 at 5:17 am Reply
  • Jessica Harlow

    One of our favorite game day recipes to serve is wings! That’s always on the menu during the game! lol I love these “football” potato skins too!

    February 3, 2016 at 8:28 am Reply
  • Tonya C

    Oh yeah! I love potato skins and what a clever idea to use the ranch to make them look like footballs. I will be adding these to our Super Bowl spread this Sunday.

    February 3, 2016 at 9:55 am Reply
  • Dana

    I could eat queso dip all day long.

    February 5, 2016 at 3:01 pm Reply
  • Julie Lundstrom

    I like BBQ mini hotdogs & meatballs. I also like tortilla chips & dip.

    February 5, 2016 at 5:21 pm Reply
  • Leigh Anne

    I love to serve a good buffalo chicken dip.

    February 5, 2016 at 6:38 pm Reply
  • Annmarie W.

    I love buffalo wings and nachos during the game!

    February 5, 2016 at 6:39 pm Reply
  • Michelle Christensen

    Anything with cheese.

    February 5, 2016 at 8:29 pm Reply
  • Darlene Owen

    I love chicken wing dip.

    February 5, 2016 at 8:50 pm Reply
  • karen

    We usually make homemade pizza, and I always have mozzarella sticks.

    February 5, 2016 at 11:03 pm Reply
  • heather

    Nachos are my fav game day dish.

    February 6, 2016 at 10:09 pm Reply
  • Kim Reid

    We like nachos and chili cheese dip, thanks!

    February 6, 2016 at 10:37 pm Reply
  • Marija

    My favorite is barbecued meatballs.

    February 7, 2016 at 11:02 am Reply
  • Missy Marie

    7 layer dip is a hit at our parties.

    February 7, 2016 at 1:53 pm Reply
  • Donna L

    I like bbq chicken wings.

    February 8, 2016 at 12:08 pm Reply
  • Sheila K.

    I love turkey chili!

    February 8, 2016 at 12:17 pm Reply
  • Lyndsey R.

    I love wings. Spicy wings and ranch dressing! Yummy!

    February 8, 2016 at 4:48 pm Reply
  • Jackie

    My favorite game day dish is wings.
    Thank you!

    February 8, 2016 at 5:13 pm Reply
  • allison

    white chili for me! thanks so much for the chances to win.

    February 8, 2016 at 10:45 pm Reply
  • Leela

    I love fried chicken.

    February 8, 2016 at 11:55 pm Reply
  • Fiona N

    My favorite game day dish is spicy wings, I love Your potato skin recipe. They look so delicious!
    Thank You

    February 9, 2016 at 6:49 am Reply
  • Diana Hatch

    I love pizza!

    February 9, 2016 at 8:57 am Reply
  • Shakeia Rieux

    I love buffalo wings with ranch dressing,and potato skins with sour cream

    February 9, 2016 at 3:22 pm Reply
  • Janeane Davis

    I have eaten potato skins all my life but never iwth ranch dressing. This is a new idea for me!

    February 9, 2016 at 11:51 pm Reply

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