Some time ago a friend took he to a comedy club.
The most memorable thing from that night was the food
we had to eat because it was either that or buy drinks
to meet the cover requirement. He had potato halves
hollowed out and filled with meat and cheese and stuff,
and I thought it was cool. So, without further ado,
I give you my artistic interpretation (i.e. the best
I can remember it).
What you'll need:
Ground beef, mushrooms, cheese,
and any other toppings you fancy
Vent the potatoes by poking single holes in the skin
with a toothpick. Don't use a fork; the rows of holes
this creates can weaken the skin, making it rip later
on. Bake the potatoes, then slice them in half along
the long axis so you have two "boats" from
While they are hot, score the potato flesh with a
knife, being careful not to cut through to the skin.
Scoop out the potato after the scoring has loosened
it, leaving some on the inside of the skin. Fill it
with the toppings, or top it with the fillings, however
you wanna look at it.
The filling can be pretty much what you want. Pizza-like
toppings in general work well here. As with okonomiyaki,
I like to brown some ground beef with thinly-sliced
mushrooms, drain it well, then fill the potato with
that. To keep the stuff in place I mix the meat &
mushrooms with more potato, which absorbs the flavor
nicely. Putting shredded cheese over the top and then
microwaving it to melt it creates a cheese "net."
This is definitely finger food. I wouldn't want to
try to eat these with chopsticks.