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Potato Skins with Beer Cheese

Yields
12

A perfect appetizer to please any crowd.

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ingredients

6
small russet potatoes (about 2 pounds), scrubbed and pricked all over with a fork
1
tbsp vegetable or olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4
slice bacon
1 ½
tbsp unsalted butter, melted
2
cups shredded sharp yellow Cheddar (about 6 ounces)
½
tsp cornstarch
½
cup lager or pilsner beer
¼
tsp Worcestershire sauce
dried mustard
cayenne pepper
3
scallions, chopped
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directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 2

Rub the potatoes with the oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake until the skins are slightly crisp and the inside is tender and can be easily pierced with a paring knife, about 45 minutes. (Leave the oven on.)

Step 3

Meanwhile, put the bacon in a cold medium skillet and cook over medium heat, turning occasionally, until crisp and brown, about 10 minutes. Drain briefly on paper towels, then transfer to a cutting board and chop finely.

Step 4

Halve the potatoes lengthwise and scoop out most of the potato flesh, leaving about 1/4-inch of flesh on the skin. Arrange the potatoes on the baking sheet and brush both sides with the butter. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, then arrange cut-side up and return to the oven to bake until crisp and golden brown in spots, about 10 minutes.

Step 5

Toss the cheese with the cornstarch in a bowl. Bring the beer to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the cheese mixture to the beer, a handful at a time, stirring until melted before adding more. When all of the cheese has melted, remove from the heat and stir in the Worcestershire, mustard and cayenne.

Step 6

Arrange the potato skins on a platter and drizzle with the beer cheese. Top with the bacon and scallions. Serve immediately.

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