Buffalo Chicken Sweet Tater Skins

As a food blogger I usually feel like I’m driving in a heavy thunderstorm with about three feet of visibility. Meaning, I can’t seem to anticipate what’s coming down the road in terms of events I should be blogging for. It must have been a very clear and sunny day last year when I realized that Passover was coming up and planned ahead to blog two full weeks of Passover-friendly recipes, all before the actual start of the holiday. On the contrary, a dark cloud must have been hanging over all of November and December because I didn’t blog a single latke recipe before Hanukkah. Needless to say, I’m always super impressed at bloggers who seem to be roasting turkeys, baking pies*, and simmering corned beef weeks in advance.

*I don’t mean the ones for Thanksgiving. I’m talking about pies for Pi Day. Can you believe I’m an engineer and it never even occurred to me to bake a pie in honor of March 14th? But then again, none of the other dozens of engineers I work with did either. Oh well. By the way, how many of you have no idea what I’m talking about and are wondering why the heck anyone would make a pie to celebrate 3/14?

Superbowl snack round-ups fall into the same category. When they start to take over my google reader the week before the big game and I realize that these people must have been making game-day food weeks ahead of time, I feel like a huge slacker.

If I wasn’t such a lazybones*, I would have posted a Superbowl snack round-up an entire week (or two) before the game. And these Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potato Skins would be on it. Of course, there’s a strong possibility it might be less of a round-up and more of a single item because dreaming up and actually making just one recipe in advance would be a big win for me.

*This is a synonym for slacker, apparently. I didn’t want to use the same word back to back. No pun intended.

What actually happened was that I envisioned these about 48 hours after the game ended. I think Marla must have been hovering over me, because I knew I’d seen something like this before. And what is this? Thin chunks of tender sweet potato caramelized in a hot oven and topped with something spicy, in this case, my slow-cooker shredded buffalo chicken. And because buffalo chicken is nothing without tangy gorgonzola, I had to throw some of that on there too. Fortunately, it goes great with the sweet potatoes too.

It’s also fortunate that I’m a grown up and can eat what I want, when I want. So if I say we’re having snack-y food for dinner one night because I was driving too blindly before the game, so be it. (To appease my conscience just a little, I had a big pile of steamed broccoli on the side.) I suppose I could wait and save this entire post for my hypothetical Superbowl snack round-up next year, but to be perfectly honest, I’d probably forget. Besides, I can’t think of any good reason why you should wait until next week to eat this, never mind next year.



Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potato Skins
Inspired by Family Fresh Cooking’s Sweet Potatoes with Blue Cheese and Bacon 
Printable Recipe 

2 servings Crockpot Shredded Buffalo Chicken
1 large sweet potato, sliced into 1/4″ rounds (leave skin on; yields 12 oz sliced sweet potato)
2 oz crumbled gorgonzola cheese
2 large scallions, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 425ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the sweet potato slices on the baking sheet. Spray lightly with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper. Flip and repeat spraying and seasoning on the other side. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until they are nicely caramelized. Remove from oven and switch to the broiler setting. Move rack to the top position.

Spoon some of the buffalo chicken onto each sweet potato slice and sprinkle the crumbled gorgonzola evenly over all of the pieces. Return to the oven and cook under the broiler for 5-7 minutes, until the toppings are hot and lightly browned. Sprinkle with scallions before serving.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Calories: 81.0
Total Fat: 1.7 g
Cholesterol: 20.0 mg
Sodium: 353.6 mg
Total Carbs: 7.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.1 g
Protein: 8.2 g

I am sharing this recipe with Amy for her Slightly Indulgent Tuesday event on 3/22/2011.

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48 Responses to “Buffalo Chicken Sweet Tater Skins”

  1. 1

    Prevention RD — March 18, 2011 @ 9:47 am Reply

    Those sound so good!!! I am making your Buffalo Chicken recipe before the weather gets too nice!

  2. 2

    Dawn Hutchins — March 18, 2011 @ 2:11 pm Reply

    Perfect with sweet potato. (I'm such a huge fan over white.)

  3. 3

    Tasha — March 18, 2011 @ 3:10 pm Reply

    I've never liked traditional potato skins, but these sound awesome. Sweet potatoes, blue cheeses, and buffalo anything (that isn't actually wings) are 3 of my favorite things- so this pairing for an appetizer is genius in my opinion.

  4. 4

    Joanne — March 18, 2011 @ 4:51 pm Reply

    I am usually SUPER late for holidays as well. I just can't get my act together in time! These buffalo chicken sweet tater skins are definitely good for some year round eats, though. Especially for a buffalo chicken fanatic such as myself.

  5. 5

    That Girl — March 18, 2011 @ 5:33 pm Reply

    These are just in time for March Madness!

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    Katie @ The Well-Fed Newlyweds — March 18, 2011 @ 5:50 pm Reply

    I feel exactly the same way! I can never seem to rally myself to make holiday foods weeks before the actual holiday, snacks before the big game, etc! It makes me feel like a bad blogger. Glad I'm not the only one :)P.S. I love your Passover posts from last year. They made me realize I don't have a single Jewish recipe on my entire site. (And of course, I'm too late for Purim.) I can't wait to try some of your recipes this year!

  7. 7

    Susiebeeonmaui — March 18, 2011 @ 7:03 pm Reply

    Ah, now I don't feel so bad for not posting something "Irish" yesterday.Love the sweet potato idea for skins and will try your crockpot cx!

  8. 8

    Fattyfile — March 18, 2011 @ 8:10 pm Reply

    This looks incredible. My husband will thank you for this recipe :)

  9. 9

    Kerstin — March 20, 2011 @ 4:20 pm Reply

    I'm the same way, sometimes I manage to work on recipes well in advance of a holiday/event, but I also work really long hours, so sometimes it just doesn't happen!These look like the perfect snack (or dinner!) – sweet potatoes make everything better :)

  10. 10

    Olga @ MangoTomato — March 20, 2011 @ 10:46 pm Reply

    I wish I had this for dinner! Looks so very good.PS Hope your hamentashed turned out well.

  11. 11

    Yellowfish — March 21, 2011 @ 3:12 am Reply

    This sounded so good I couldn't wait, I made this for dinner this Saturday. All I can say it… o.m.g. It was delicious, and you are a HUGE hit with my boyfriend! I'm definitely making this for a snack the next time I have people over!

  12. 12

    Shannon — March 21, 2011 @ 6:43 pm Reply

    yes, there's no waiting until the next superbowl, these are going on the list!!

  13. 13

    Cara — March 22, 2011 @ 1:15 am Reply

    So glad you liked them!

  14. 14

    Cara — March 22, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Thanks Katie! Hope you had a Happy Purim, and maybe now's the time to start thinking of Passover recipes! I could use some new ones this year.

  15. 15

    Cassie — March 23, 2011 @ 12:55 am Reply

    These Look ridiculously good. I will definitely have to give them a try.

  16. 16

    mary — March 24, 2011 @ 1:40 am Reply

    These were awesome and genius. This will satisfy our wing craving in a healthy way from now on. Thanks!

  17. 17

    Cara — March 27, 2011 @ 3:03 am Reply

    So glad you liked them!

  18. 18

    That Girl — March 27, 2011 @ 3:07 am Reply

    These are just in time for March Madness!

  19. 19

    Dawn Hutchins — March 28, 2011 @ 8:38 pm Reply

    Perfect with sweet potato. (I'm such a huge fan over white.)

  20. 20

    Joanne — March 28, 2011 @ 8:38 pm Reply

    I am usually SUPER late for holidays as well. I just can't get my act together in time! These buffalo chicken sweet tater skins are definitely good for some year round eats, though. Especially for a buffalo chicken fanatic such as myself.

  21. 21

    Katie @ The Well-Fed Newlyweds — March 28, 2011 @ 8:38 pm Reply

    I feel exactly the same way! I can never seem to rally myself to make holiday foods weeks before the actual holiday, snacks before the big game, etc! It makes me feel like a bad blogger. Glad I'm not the only one :)P.S. I love your Passover posts from last year. They made me realize I don't have a single Jewish recipe on my entire site. (And of course, I'm too late for Purim.) I can't wait to try some of your recipes this year!

  22. 22

    Susiebeeonmaui — March 28, 2011 @ 8:38 pm Reply

    Ah, now I don't feel so bad for not posting something "Irish" yesterday.Love the sweet potato idea for skins and will try your crockpot cx!

  23. 23

    Olga @ MangoTomato — March 28, 2011 @ 8:38 pm Reply

    I wish I had this for dinner! Looks so very good.PS Hope your hamentashed turned out well.

  24. 24

    Shannon — March 28, 2011 @ 8:38 pm Reply

    yes, there's no waiting until the next superbowl, these are going on the list!!

  25. 25

    Cara — March 28, 2011 @ 8:38 pm Reply

    Thanks Katie! Hope you had a Happy Purim, and maybe now's the time to start thinking of Passover recipes! I could use some new ones this year.

  26. 26

    Cassie — March 28, 2011 @ 8:38 pm Reply

    These Look ridiculously good. I will definitely have to give them a try.

  27. 27

    mary — March 28, 2011 @ 8:38 pm Reply

    These were awesome and genius. This will satisfy our wing craving in a healthy way from now on. Thanks!

  28. 28

    Prevention RD — March 28, 2011 @ 8:39 pm Reply

    Those sound so good!!! I am making your Buffalo Chicken recipe before the weather gets too nice!

  29. 29

    Yellowfish — March 28, 2011 @ 8:39 pm Reply

    This sounded so good I couldn't wait, I made this for dinner this Saturday. All I can say it… o.m.g. It was delicious, and you are a HUGE hit with my boyfriend! I'm definitely making this for a snack the next time I have people over!

  30. 30

    Cara — March 28, 2011 @ 8:40 pm Reply

    So glad you liked them!

  31. 31

    Tasha — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    I've never liked traditional potato skins, but these sound awesome. Sweet potatoes, blue cheeses, and buffalo anything (that isn't actually wings) are 3 of my favorite things- so this pairing for an appetizer is genius in my opinion.

  32. 32

    Fattyfile — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    This looks incredible. My husband will thank you for this recipe :)

  33. 33

    Kerstin — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    I'm the same way, sometimes I manage to work on recipes well in advance of a holiday/event, but I also work really long hours, so sometimes it just doesn't happen!These look like the perfect snack (or dinner!) – sweet potatoes make everything better :)

  34. 34

    Cara — March 29, 2011 @ 2:06 am Reply

    So glad you liked them!

  35. 35

    mary — March 29, 2011 @ 2:06 am Reply

    These were awesome and genius. This will satisfy our wing craving in a healthy way from now on. Thanks!

  36. 36

    Cara — March 29, 2011 @ 2:06 am Reply

    Thanks Katie! Hope you had a Happy Purim, and maybe now's the time to start thinking of Passover recipes! I could use some new ones this year.

  37. 37

    Olga @ MangoTomato — March 29, 2011 @ 2:06 am Reply

    I wish I had this for dinner! Looks so very good.PS Hope your hamentashed turned out well.

  38. 38

    Kerstin — March 29, 2011 @ 2:06 am Reply

    I'm the same way, sometimes I manage to work on recipes well in advance of a holiday/event, but I also work really long hours, so sometimes it just doesn't happen!These look like the perfect snack (or dinner!) – sweet potatoes make everything better :)

  39. 39

    Susiebeeonmaui — March 29, 2011 @ 2:06 am Reply

    Ah, now I don't feel so bad for not posting something "Irish" yesterday.Love the sweet potato idea for skins and will try your crockpot cx!

  40. 40

    Kevin (Closet Cooking) — March 30, 2011 @ 1:27 am Reply

    What an amazing combination of flavours! The sweet potato would go really well with the spicy chicken!

  41. 41

    Shannon — April 5, 2011 @ 1:21 am Reply

    yes, there's no waiting until the next superbowl, these are going on the list!!

  42. 42

    Cara — April 5, 2011 @ 1:21 am Reply

    So glad you liked them!

  43. 43

    Cara — April 5, 2011 @ 1:21 am Reply

    Thanks Katie! Hope you had a Happy Purim, and maybe now's the time to start thinking of Passover recipes! I could use some new ones this year.

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