Pigskin Playoffs and Potato Skins!

Pigskin Potato Skins

Are you looking for some pigskin playoff food or gearing up for the Super Bowl? I’m always looking for an excuse to celebrate anything with a potato and Food Network Magazine (FNM) came up with 32 potato skins toppings to match each NFL team which makes watching football a little more palatable for me!


We noshed on potato skins loaded up with toppings for the teams for some of last weekend’s playoff games.


I cut each potato in 4 football-appropriate quarters :) instead of the traditional half and for multiple potato skin sampling.

Brush your potatoes, skins and cut sides, with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, then bake at 400 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes until done. Scoop out your pulp leaving 1/4 of inch of potato and skin and set aside pulp for another use. Brush more olive oil or melted butter on the inside of your potato quarter and sprinkle with some shredded cheese of your choice and return to the oven for about 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and for a cheesy skin layer and base for your toppings.


 Dallas Cowboys: Texas Chili Potato Skins, chili, grated cheddar chopped onion, (I used chives instead) sour cream and hot sauce.


 And I highly recommend New England Patriots Maple Bacon Potato Skins, with the unlikely match up of apple butter and maple bacon on cheesy skins.


Instead of following FNM’s play on Carolina Panthers Country Ham Potato Skins with ham salad, chopped parsley and minced pickles on cheesy skins, I called an audible and we topped our Panther potato skins with pulled pork, a drizzle of barbecue sauce and jalapenos. . .which might explain the Panther’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks. . .

or not :)


 Seattle Seahawks Pacific Salmon Potato Skins are topped with flaked grilled salmon. We added some sour cream and a little dill and chives instead of the FNM’s addition of wild mushrooms.


While the Seahawks defeated the Panthers in the playoffs, the Panther potato skins were the fan favorite and declared the winner!


You can find the full line up of NFL potato skins from Food Network, here. Top your potato skins with flavorful sour cream laces and fun football party picks! I found the football party picks at Party City.

Who are you pulling for in the playoffs?


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  28 comments for “Pigskin Playoffs and Potato Skins!

  1. January 14, 2015 at 5:25 am

    Morning Mary! I’m up early today. A travel day! Love the idea of the quarter potato. This will be on our table for Super Bowl Sunday! Go Patriots!🏈 Thanks for all the great topping ideas!

  2. Cheryl
    January 14, 2015 at 5:30 am

    Go Patriots!! Back on my South Beach diet but I’ll save the recipe for “later”. : )

  3. January 14, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Good Morning, Mary! Love these ideas but am missing my Packer’s??!! Can’t imagine it would be anything but slathered in Cheese and Dairy sour Cream though, lol!!! Have to head to your link to see.
    Great idea as always! Thanks for inspiring!!
    GO PACK GO~~~~Love Russell Wilson (Former UW Badger) BUT, have to think Aaron and Clay want this more!!!!!!!!!! XX

    • January 14, 2015 at 7:05 am

      Hi Valorie, The Packers are Wisconsin Beer Brats Potato Skins, here. Enjoy :)

  4. January 14, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Let’s just say I’d choose the Wisconsin Beer Brats Potato Skins:@) This is a fun idea Mary!

  5. Diane
    January 14, 2015 at 7:14 am

    Cute idea Mary. Sadly,my team, the Steelers was eliminated. I have to tell you I made the turkey sausage soup recipe you posted and it was delicious and hubby loved it. I used spinach instead of kale, as I don’t care for kale and it was great.
    Sorry about the Panthers I was rooting for them.

  6. January 14, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Our team, the Cowboys, sadly are out, but I personally love the flavor combo of their flavor. This is a fun idea, Mary. Thanks for the pigskin inspiration.

  7. January 14, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Outstanding Noshing Mary! Love that you cut them in quarters, they all look so good! I am sorry your Panthers lost but you created a winner with the BBQ jalapeno potato boat! Lovin the sour cream laces and pennants! We don’t really have a pro team favorite, but we are big fans of football food, so these will be going on the menu for the next occasion!

  8. January 14, 2015 at 10:16 am

    I’m filing this recipe under “adorable and edible.” I love the different topping and the festive touches!

  9. franki
    January 14, 2015 at 10:30 am

    You “scored” on this one!! DELISH LOOKING!! franki

  10. January 14, 2015 at 11:42 am

    Thanks, Mary & Lynn! Never occurred to me to use our beloved brats! Have to make them Sunday!!! :)

  11. January 14, 2015 at 11:52 am

    How cleverly tasty!
    Although I am not a fan of football, I love the idea of the potato skins for a ‘skin party’….and wedges are perfect for multiple tastings!

  12. January 14, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    I bet everyone will LOVE these!!! I am one of those weird women who LOVE watching football! So, Super Bowl is a fun day for me too! Your presentation is, as always, Fabulous, a real winner!!!!

  13. January 14, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Hi Mary, Go Patriots of course!! I can’t root for Boston during baseball season but I love our Patriots! We will be cheering them on and the maple syrup bacon topping sounds delicious! Linda

  14. January 14, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Now how fun was that?!! What cute ideas!!! I could care less who is in the playoffs/Super Bowl but I DO care which one of these I’m going to make first. Wanna bet it will NOT be the one with the jalapenos??? LOL I bet everyone knows I’m a whimp when it comes to hot stuff.
    These are just delightful creations & I bet you guys enjoyed every single bite. Luscious photos, as always. I almost wanted to lick my fingers!

  15. Susan
    January 14, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Hey, Mary!! LOVE the Panthers and love their potato skins, too!! cam was our QB at Auburn, so most Auburn fans are now Panthers fans, too. Sorry they’re out of it, though. Thanks for all the great potato skins recipes!! YUM!

  16. January 14, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Oh my gosh…you have the greatest ideas for appetizers when it comes to events…I so love potato skins and the different ones you came up with for each team is genius…and also love that you make the skins smaller in size…I love that as it is so much easier to eat!….

  17. Carolyn Price
    January 15, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Great post, Mary!!! What fun variations. Will definitely do these for the Super Bowl crowd!
    Thanks far sharing where to find the football picks.
    Guess we’ll go with the Seahawks …. My husband is an NC State grad and holds nothing against Russell Wilson for transferring to Wisconsin.
    But me? Go BEARS!! (Next year. <Sigh …. < )

  18. January 15, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    What fun finger foods! And go anyone but Seahawks! Hate all things Seattle. Have a right to. Lived in that god-awful region & will never step foot in WA again.

  19. January 15, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    This looks absolutely yummy… I never thought about doing wedges and kind of stuffing the potatoes… What a terrific idea…

  20. January 15, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    girl i know you are in heaven with your favortie potatoes!

  21. Maureen
    January 16, 2015 at 12:47 pm


  22. February 4, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    Now I wonder what the Steelers’ topping was. These look absolutely delicious!

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