Easy, yummy potato skins

Who doesn’t love potato skins? Here is a quick, easy way to make them, particularly if you made the gnocchi the other day.

If you used or just read that gnocchi recipe in the Food Network Magazine, you may have noticed it said to discard the potato skins. Holy cow, don’t do that! Save them to make these delicious potato skins.

They’re easy peasy . Here’s how.

Ingredients:

  • Six potato skin halves. (If you made the gnocchi, you’ll have six halves.) However, if you need to start from scratch, bake three potatoes until fork tender. When cool, slice in half and gently (I mean gently) scoop out the insides. (Consider saving those insides to make gnocchi.) PotatoSkinsForDec.28Post
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound cooked bacon
  • grated cheddar cheese
  • chopped green onions or chives
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sour cream

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Brush your potato skins with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then BrushingWithOliveOilDec.28salt and pepper them.  Bake for 20 minutes or until brown and crispy.

While they’re baking, cook your bacon. (Please excuse me while I digress a bit. Is there a better smell in the house than bacon? There should be bacon-scented air fresheners or perfume.) While the bacon is cooking, grate your cheese. I like to grate it myself instead of buying it grated. It just seems to taste better when I do it.

Once your skins are brown and crispy, remove them from the oven and add the bacon and cheese. Return to the oven until the cheese is melted.

Before serving, add chopped green onions or chives and sour cream, if you like.RevisedPotatoSkinsFinished

Of course, the skins are very versatile. If you want to get funky, try one of these variations.

Mexican:
Follow the same baking instructions, but replace:

  • bacon with cooked taco meat
  • cheddar with pepper jack cheese
  • chopped green onions with chopped jalapeňos

Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and add sour cream to taste.

Italian:
Follow the same baking instructions, but replace:

  • cooked bacon with diced pepperoni, salami or prosciutto (or get really crazy and use a bit of all three)
  • cheddar with mozzarella
  • chopped green onions with chopped fresh basil

Instead of using a dollop of sour cream, try drizzling them with pasta sauce

If you try any of these, let me know. And, if you create a new version, please share with me.

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