August 24: Saint Bartholomew Chili Cheese Potato Skins

2 things this O.A. (original apostle) is most often known for:

1. Bartholomew, patron saint of tanners, is often depicted with a large knife and holding his own skin.  He was flayed alive.

2. He is usually identified as Nathanael (John 1:45-49, John 21:2).

Ingredients
3 russet potatoes
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lb ground beef
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
1 can 12 oz kidney bean, drained and rinsed
1 can 12 oz diced tomato, drained and rinsed
1 cup roasted green chile
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream, to serve
fresh cilantro, chopped, to serve

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 425˚F.

2. On a baking sheet, place 3 potatoes; using a fork, puncture holes all around the
potatoes. Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour, until the potato gives when you press into it.

3. In a pot, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onion, and stir until golden.

4. Add the garlic and ground beef, breaking up the meat into the onions and garlic.

5. Add the chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.

6. Add the kidney beans, tomatoes, and green chili peppers, and stir to combine. Simmer for 10 minutes. Set aside.

7. Once the potatoes have cooled, place one on a cutting board. Cut the potato in half lengthwise. Cut off one of the ends of the potato. Using a spoon, scoop out the
insides of the potato making sure not to scoop out too much or the potato skin will be too thin. With the remaining potatoes, cut them in half lengthwise and cut off both of the ends and scoop out the potato.

8. On a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, place both ends. Place three of the skins alongside one potato end and place the other 3 potato skins alongside the other end.

9. Brush the potato skins with the rest of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

10. Scoop the chili into the potato skins and packing it down into an even layer. Sprinkle the cheese over the potato skins. Bake for 5 minutes until melted.

11. Top with sour cream and cilantro.

Notes
Recipe from Julie Klink

Saint Bartholomew, pray for us!

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