In the rush of the holiday season, bringing an offering to a party can be problematic and time consuming. Getting yourself ready for the party after work doesn't leave much time for putting together a creative, tasty appetizer and with all the options available at so many supermarkets, pre made, store bought platters are often the easy way out for many.
Here is a relatively quick appetizer you can make the next time you find yourself wanting to impress without devoting hours to the kitchen.
Ruby Gold or other "baby" potatoes. 3#.
Goat Cheese 8 oz.
Sour Cream 8 oz.
Kosher salt 2 Tbsp.
Olive Oil 1/4 cup.
Cut two sides off of each potato so they sit flat. Using a small melon ball scoop, remove the center of each potato, hollowing out the middle to make a cavity. Place each potato in water to prevent browning. Reserve all the removed potato in a separate container.
Drain and dry the potato cups. Toss with the olive oil and kosher salt.
Place on a baking sheet and bake at 350 until cooked through, about twenty five minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool.
Mix the goat cheese and sour cream to taste. The mixture should be looser than the goat cheese but hold it's shape. Using a small pastry bag or a plastic sandwich bag with a snipped corner, pipe the mixture into the potatoes. Arrange the potatoes on a serving platter.
You can garnish the potatoes with sections of crisp bacon, chives or pieces of pimento to add a touch of color and flavor.
The reserved potato slices can be blanched and used as lids for the potatoes and the potato balls from the center of the potato make a fun addition to soup or a quick batch of home fries to help with your hangover the next morning.
The entire process should take no more than about 45 minutes and that includes time to take a shower while the potatoes are baking. The guests will be quite impressed with your creative offering and you can feel good knowing you didn't have to resort to those pre made platters.