The loaded potato skin: Often found at diners and bars, but best served at television-watching events in your own home—the Super Bowl, March Madness, and the like. We start with the basic topping: a sprinkle of bacon bits and cheese and a dollop of sour cream. You can keep the skins on their lowbrow playing field by stuffing them with barbecued chicken and coleslaw, or fancy them up with salmon, crème fraîche, and caviar. Expecting friends? Then pull out other game-day all-stars: quesadillas, chicken wings, and some finger-friendly green beans (for health, of course). The next morning, use up the leftover potato filling in a hearty breakfast potato cake.

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