Alright guys…hold on tight! Can you believe that I’ve never actually had potato skins up until our last night in Paraguay?
I don’t know how this happened – I mean it’s classic pub grub. Well, probably because I don’t usually hang out in pubs or bars. Definitely more of a coffee shop hang out kinda girl.
On our last evening in Asuncion we planned to have dinner at a much recommended local eatery. However, once we got there, there was not a single free table and we didn’t care enough for the atmosphere to wait it out. We also were soo hungry…
Thankfully right across the street was a T.G.I. Friday’s, which I hear is an American restaurant chain but to me it was novelty enough. The menu pointed out the restaurant’s fame for their potato skins, so of course we had to taste for ourselves what it was all about.
We absolutely LOVED the potato skins. I means – really, what’s not to love about crispy buttery potatoes with bacon & cheese and a green onion sour cream dip to round it all up.
OF COURSE I had to find a way to make these wonder potatoes at home – and the result wasn’t lacking anything behind the restaurant original.
Now on to the last stop of our Paraguay vacation:
After our visit in the Gran Chaco (in the middle of nowhere) we returned to Paraguay’s capital of Asuncion for a few more days of relaxation and to explore the city.
Pantheon de los heroes – an entire building dedicated as memorial to various war heroes
The beautiful Government Palace
The downtown core was easy to explore on foot. I was in love with the historic buildings and the city’s liveliness. So many people where out and about on foot like us and street sellers had everything from food and drinks to movies + music and clothes on offer.
All these fancy thermoses were most interesting to me. They are for drinking yerba tea, either hot as mate or cold as tereré. Drinking the tea is a shared community experience that we could observe at every street corner.
The tea leaves are filled in the small cup with a metal straw. Then the cup is filled with hot or ice water and passed around in a circle while regularly being topped up with water. A curious sight to see for me as visitor but I guess it is a great way to encourage to stay hydrated in this warm climate.
Konrad had a close a encounter with a little birdie while we were resting in the shade on a park bench
Plenty of relaxing and reading by the pool to finish off our vacation. Can you believe they had Dulce de leche ice cream?!
And these potato skins from our last dinner in Paraguay at TGIFriday’s inspired today’s recipe.
The potato skins are great as an appetizer or snack food for game nights and even as a side dish.
- 8 medium-small potatoes, cleaned and dried
- ⅛ cup butter, melted
- black pepper, freshly ground
- 2 cups shredded cheese
- 5 to 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
- sour cream
- green onion
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Pierce each potato a few times with a fork or knife. Bake potatoes directly on the center oven rack for about 50 minutes. Skins should be crisp and you can easily insert a knife.
- Cool potatoes for about 10 minutes. Cut each potato in half lengthwise and scoop out the flesh - leave about ¼ inch. Brush insides with melted butter and season with salt + pepper. Turn potatoes, now brush the outsides with butter and season with salt + pepper.
- Turn oven to broil and arrange potatoes on a baking sheet. Broil skin-side up for 2-3 minutes until the butter starts to foam. Turn potato halves over and broil another 2-3 minutes until top edges start to brown.
- Fill the potato skins with shredded cheese and bacon crumbles and broil 4-5 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly,
- Serve immediately with sour cream and chopped green onion.
Recipe adapted from Chow.com