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Game night

Game night

Whether you’re watching a hockey game or cheering on your team during football finals, sports events are always a great reason to get together with friends. For your next sports night, here are a few snacks and pairings ideas that’ll have everyone screaming “SCORE!”

Baked potatoes with a twist

With their bacon and cheddar flavours and melt-in-your-mouth texture, these easy-to-make mini baked potatoes will definitely earn MVP status! Serve them hot, serve them warm, serve them on a fancy platter or in the middle of the table with dill-and chive-flavoured sour cream. Prefer a dip with a bit of a kick? Swap out the herbs for a hot sauce like Sriracha. Hosting a big get-together and don’t want to spend the whole evening in the kitchen? Prepare these little guys the night before and just pop them in the oven a few minutes before serving.

Presentation

For this recipe, use baby potatoes. When slicing them, make sure you don’t cut too deep (or you’ll just end up with potato slices). And use a cocktail fork if your tasty treats are too hot!

Mini baked potatoes

Preparation: 30 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Cost per serving: $0.30
Makes 30

30 baby potatoes, about 450 g (1 lb)
6 slices strong orange cheddar, crumbled
4 slices bacon, crumbled
45 mL (3 tbsp) olive oil
Salt and pepper

Seasoned sour cream*
250 mL (1 cup) sour cream
2 green onions, chopped
45 mL (3 tbsp) chopped dill
45 mL (3 tbsp) chopped chives
Salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). 2. Slice each potato many times, without cutting all the way through to the bottom. 3. Insert the bacon and cheddar alternating between each slit. 4. Place on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. 5. Bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes or until potatoes are golden brown and tender. 6. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients for the sour cream and serve with baked potatoes.

*For a spicy sauce, replace the dill and chives with 15 mL (1 tbsp) or more of hot sauce, such as Sriracha.

What to drink with these bacon-and-cheese-stuffed baked potatoes?

The bold flavours of bacon and cheddar call for the digestive virtues of L’Orangeraie (a Pinot Noir) or Pasqua (a Sangiovese), two fruit-forward reds. If you’re in the mood for a beer, try Baltika 7 — its light, thirst-quenching properties will really take these potato bites to the next level!

L'Orangeraie Pinot Noir Pays d'Oc

$13.95

L'Orangeraie Pinot Noir Pays d'Oc

Red wine750 mlFrance
L'Orangeraie Pinot Noir Pays d'Oc

L'Orangeraie Pinot Noir Pays d'Oc

$13.95

Red wine750 mlFrance, Languedoc-RoussillonSAQ code : 13359469
Pasqua Sangiovese

$10.40

Pasqua Sangiovese

Red wine750 mlItaly
Pasqua Sangiovese

Pasqua Sangiovese

$10.40

Red wine750 mlItaly, PugliaSAQ code : 00545772
Baltika 7

$3.10

Baltika 7

Blond Lager500 mlRussian Federation
Baltika 7

Baltika 7

$3.10

Blond Lager500 mlRussian FederationSAQ code : 11450824
Not available onlineSee quantity in stores

 

+ENJOY QUEBEC-MADE BEERS WHILE WATCHING THE GAME.

 

DISCOVER OUR WINE-FOOD PAIRING IDEAS FOR A WARM WINTER:
+AT-HOME AWARDS
+FONDUE AT THE COTTAGE
+EAT YOUR GREENS!
+THE FONDUE OF LOVE
+OUR DAILY BREAD

 

Photos: Maude Chauvin

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