These were really good. I put red peppers and scallions on top and served with salsa and sour cream. I also left out the seasoning salt, as it is full of MSG. A tip: use a knife to cut out the middle rather than a spoon. The first one I did I used a spoon and it fell apart.
First, I cut the potatoes in half instead of quarters, and used a knife and spoon to scoop (as another member suggested.) The using of oil, shortening, cheese, AND butter in one little appetizer seemed like overkill, so I tried to think of other ways to make it super tasty without being so unhealthy. (The "Better Homes & Gardens" staff must be pleasantly plump and loving it.) I scooped the insides out, then placed about 1/4 of that (plain mashed potatoes) in a smaller dish along with some crushed red pepper, very little hot sauce, just a tablespoon of butter, and some garlic salt. Then I smeared the bottom of the skins with the mixture. I sauteed ground turkey (like another member suggested) and about 1/2 of a large onion with some taco seasoning as well. The taco turkey meat and the onions (not to mention the mashed potato mixture) made it so the skins didn't need all of less healthy additives. So the mashed potatoes were on the bottom layer, the taco mixture was in the middle, and I added a little cheese, salsa, and black olive slices on top. Rave reviews! I did only make 6 potatoes as the recipe called for, and it just wasn't enough. Each person ate 1-2 skins.
These were a great snack for us today with our taco salads. I used some yellow potatoes and used Homemade Taco Seasoning to replace the seasoning salt in the recipe. I felt it needed some mexican flavor. :) I didn't have alot of toppings to work with so I added alittle turkey taco meat to a few of the skins and some just plain with cheese and some with red onion and black olives along with the cheese. They were YUMMY! Great little snack for any occasion! Thanks for sharing the recipe!