Baked BBQ Potato Wedges are a hit that everyone will be talking about. Whip up a batch for your next tailgate party or cookout! They won’t last long!
Nothing travels faster than fresh gossip in a small town. Even in today’s modern society with social media where you can stay more up-to-date on the world news through Twitter than the actual news channels, small town news still travels by word of mouth carried by the breeze from one person to another.
This particular observation hit me this past week when one of the main bridges in our town was closed due to a large pothole forming overnight right in the middle of the narrow, two lane, fifty year old metal bridge. Since this bridge is about a mile from our winery and actually connects our end of the county to town, we found out it was closed a mere five minutes after it happened by a phone call from my mother who was on her way in to work and wasn’t able to get across because the highway department had just closed it. The road crews weren’t even there yet.
For my mother, this meant that she had to back track and take the long way around, tacking on an extra 30 minutes to her drive to work ( a trip that usually takes about 5 minutes). For my dad and I (who were already at work), it meant that we had the juiciest piece of gossip in town. The bridge was out and we were the first ones to know (well, almost.)
I took the role of public safety announcer by immediately posting on Facebook to let everyone I know on our end of the county that they were going to have to rethink their route to the grocery store. This may not seem like a major problem to city folks, but when you live 20 minutes from town anyway, an unexpected detour can throw a major monkey wrench in your plans.
My father on the other hand took the role of investigative reporter and drove down to the bridge to check things out for himself. Because this is a small town and Dad has lived here his whole life, he was able to get up close and personal with the hole in question. Of course by now the breeze of gossip has turned that hole that was the size of a bucket into a five-foot wide gap with some guy’s car stuck in it. I knew it wouldn’t be long before folks thought that the entire bridge had fallen into the river. So Dad stayed there on the bridge, taking pictures and videos and posting to Facebook. He chit chatted for at least 2 hours with police officers, highway department workers and anyone who happened to drive up. I’m surprised he didn’t call me to bring him a sandwich so that he wouldn’t miss anything.
By the end of the night, my family was the go-to source for information regarding the bridge. Was it open yet? One lane or both lanes? Can trucks get through? When are they going to start on the new one? And my dad answered each and every concern with gusto because when you are the first to have the gossip that is your privilege.
These potato wedges have nothing to do with this story except that maybe they are just as delicious as a fresh gossip. I will leave it up to you whether you want to share them or not.
- 2 lbs small red potatoes
- 1 packet dry onion soup mix
- 2 T vegetable oil
- 1 cup cooked shredded pork
- 4 slices bacon chopped
- 1/4 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese
- 1/4 cup diced red onion
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 1/4 cup light sour cream
- 1 sliced jalapeno
- chopped parsley for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Quarter each red potato and place into a large bowl. Add in the onion soup mix and vegetable oil and toss to coat. Spread in an even layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes until crisp and brown, stirring occasionally. While the potatoes are baking, fry the bacon until crisp and then drain on paper towels.
- Remove the potatoes from the oven and top with red onion, pork, bacon and cheeses. Return to the oven to melt the cheese and warm the pork through, 3 minutes. Top with barbecue sauce, sour cream, jalapenos, and chopped parsley. Serve immediately.