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Sunday, October 3, 2010

GC: Potato Skins with Gruyere and Bacon, Baked BBQ Wings

A couple of months ago, my friend Monica and I got to talking about, well, baking and HCB and cooking, and she mentioned wanting to start a new savory club and asked if I will join up. I said YES. Fast forward to present time, today is the launch weekend of Gutsy Cooks. YAY!

1st up on the menu is these yummy Potato Skins with Cheddar and Bacon along with Baked BBQ Wings. I am of the opinion that anything with bacon must be good.

The recipe calls for baking the potatoes in the oven for 45 minutes. I baked it for 1 hour. While the potatoes were baking, I marinated the wings with some EVOO, tomato paste, brown sugar, oregano, shallots, garlic, hot pepper sauce (I used cholula), and salt & pepper. The recipe tells you to put them all in a plastic bag but I like to use a plastic containers - less waste that way.

Once the potatoes are tender, cut the top third of the potatoes, spooned out the insides to be mashed and combined with milk and butter. Then mixed with the pre-cooked bacon bits, I added gruyere instead of cheddar as I prefer gruyere. Into the oven it went with the wings, for 30 minutes.

Blue cheese being the least popular cheese in the house (along with gorgonzola), I decided to skip it alltogether.

Tasting impressions:
YUM! Love both dishes. The potatoes were a bit heavy (I think I was pretty liberal with the milk and cheese :) so we had some leftover wings, which I took to work the next day. They were better the day after too!


  1. yay! For our inauguration! Thank so much for joining me on this crazy adventure. I know you love the book, and I'm gad you like the first Menu choices... the pictures look amazing!

  2. Being vegetarian, I could so go for one of these potatoes!

  3. Both of your dishes look perfect! I love how you used Gruyere cheese instead of Cheddar. My own favorite as well. Havarti seems to be coming in as a close second. I have baked both recipes twice now and plan on baking the chicken wings Again for Monday night football, just with a tad more heat.

    I LOVE your photos! Just beautiful and really shows off the food. Happy first blog for the Gutsy Cooks!

  4. both dishes looks totally delicious! I've not tried gruyere cheese before..must try after looking at your dish!


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