If you watched the video this past weekend for the 'Volcano Potato,' I have some slight revisions to report after testing the original recipe.

photo: from the 'Train Wreck' Test Kitchen & Grill - TSM Rochester, MN

The trickiest part of this recipe comes after precooking your selected potatoes. I boiled mine in the skin, and did so keeping it on the firm side.
Do NOT OVER COOK! (I lost one spud in the process)

After the potatoes have thoroughly cooled, slice off both ends so that the potato can stand on its own on the one cut end. From the other cut end, you will scoop out the insides and create a cavity about 3/4 of the way through the potato. (Be sure to save what you scoop out!)

Take the excess potato (minus the skin), mash it thoroughly, and combine it with cream cheese and shredded cheddar. I chose jalapeno pepper jack as my second cheese choice, but you can use whatever you like. Add the finely chopped scallions, along with a little salt and black pepper. Use this mixture to stuff, and OVER-STUFF the cavity you cut into the potato, mounding it on top to create an over-stuffed look.

With the potato and cheese stuffing nicely crusted from the 500 degree grill, we're ready for the Volcano melt-down of Colby longhorn.

The original recipe called for a 350 degree oven. I moved it outdoors to a 500 degree gas grill. The potatoes stood tall on a lightly greased cast iron fajita plate w/ handle. The last layer of Colby longhorn slice melted completely in less than 2 minutes. Next time I'm going to top the creation with a battered onion ring as the topping finale. The best part was hearing the bacon and melted cheese sizzle for 3 or 4 minutes when I brought them in from the grill.

A dab of sour cream and a few slices of scallion greens on top and you're good! -Train Wreck ~ Z-Rock Weekends

Now, if you need an UPGRADE in the grilling department, join us for the Townsquare Media Home, Vacation and RV Show, March 10th - 12th at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds, sponsored by Home Solutions Midwest - "Making Homes New Again"!

photo: 'Train Wreck' - TSM Rochester, MN


Our partner, Home Depot of Rochester has a huge selection of  charcoal and gas grills, smokers and accessories, along with the technical expertise to answer all your questions! Look for them at their booth at the show! Tell them....'Train Wreck' sent you!


photo: 'Train Wreck' - TSM Rochester, MN - The knowledgeable & helpful staff at Home Depot - Rochester, MN

Location: Graham Arenas 1 and 2, Olmsted Country Fairgrounds

Friday, March 10, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, March 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m

photo: TSM - Rochester, MN