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Potato Skins Recipe


Potato skins are considered delicious and nutritious by many. Most people know about the benefits of eating potatoes but don’t know if eating the potato skin is healthy or not.


The potatoes have distinct characteristics since there are a vast amount of varieties. The potatoes are quite functional because you can add almost anything and depending on how they are cooked and their characteristics (for example, the starch content) will most likely go well with the ingredient to be added. That means that you probably won't have any leftovers; and if by a chance you do you can just transform them into another meal with some simple additions.


Skins Nutrition

Potatoes, with or without skin, provide a good source of vitamin C, calcium, iron, potassium, and Vitamin B6. Also, skins are known for having a high fiber content and can be prepared in many delicious ways. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates, and it is important to notice that carbohydrates are necessary for our bodies. There is a misconception about the consequences of eating too many of them. For example, there is scientific evidence indicating that carbohydrates do not cause obesity, do not cause diabetes or heart disease as long as they are consumed in moderate amounts.

The skins are low in calories and you can cook them in different ways: baked, fried, grilled, roasted, just to give an example.


Common Potato Toppings

There is a great variety of toppings when preparing potato skin recipes. But first, it is important to know how to cook the skins the right way. The first thing that you need to do before cooking them is to pick a good looking potato. It should not have any soft spot, any rotten spot, any sprout, or any green color. If you find a potato with a green color, it means that the potato was exposed to sunlight too much. You must cut off the green spots and use the rest of the potato. Then, wash the potatoes under running water to get rid of dirt particles. You can also scrub them, or let them soak a few minutes in warm water.

Cook potatoes the way you like them: grilled, boiled, roasted, baked, etc. When ready, let them cool for a while. Now you can peel off the potatoes. Also, you can just cut potatoes in halves, remove the “pulp” and the jackets will be ready to prepare your favorite potato skin recipe.  As toppings, you can use bacon, cheese, sour cream, chili, onion, and many others.


In addition to this, when cooking skins, please consider the following:

The skin leftovers can last only a few days in the refrigerator. They will taste better if you use the oven to reheat them.

When cooking mashed potatoes with the skin on, use baby red potatoes. This is because skins are very thin, making them easy to chew.


Easy Baked Potato Skins Recipe


Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 24 minutes

Servings: 8

Ingredients:

  • 4 Russet potatoes - baked
  • 4 cooked turkey bacon strips (crumbled)
  • 2 cooked boneless chicken breasts (cubed)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)

Directions:

  1. First, cut the potatoes in halves and remove the pulp (later on you can make mashed potatoes with it).

  2. Then, place the potato skins on a greased baking sheet with natural butter spread or regular butter.

  3. Mix the olive oil, salt and garlic.

  4. Now, use a spoon and spread it on both sides of the skins.

  5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177°C) for about 15 minutes and verify that they have a golden color.

  6. Put the Mexican cheese blend, chicken breast and turkey bacon on the inside of the skins and bake for 5 minutes.

  7. Top the skins with cream cheese and bake again for 4 minutes.


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