How to Make Potato Skins

Potato skins are an excellent source of fiber. The humble potato may be starchy but it contains very little in the way of fat. Providing the potato skins are cooked correctly and eaten in moderation then they are a good snack, an appetizer or even part of a meal.

Choose a floury potato such as a Maris piper, a Desiree or a King Edward.

One large potato (when quartered) will provide four good sized potato skins.

Preheat the oven to Gas mark six, 180C

Wash the potatoes in cold water and remove any eyes or blemishes. Take a fork and prick holes into the potato skins. Put a drop of virgin Olive oil on the skin of each potato and rub it into the surface. The ultra light coating of Olive oil will prevent the potato skins from drying out in the heat. Place the potatoes into the hot oven and leave them to cook.

After thirty minutes remove the potatoes from the oven and see how they are cooking. The flesh of the potato needs to be semi-soft before they are ready to remove from the heat.

When the potatoes are semi-soft then remove the baking tray from the oven. Leave the hot potatoes to cool. When the baked potatoes are cool then they can be sliced in half. The next stage is to scoop three quarters of the soft cooked potato out of the skin. Do this by dipping a dessert spoon into the soft potato and lifting the flesh out of the skin. Place the soft cooked potato into a bowl, this can always be used to load the crispy potato skins or to add to home-made soup. The potato skins are about to be crisped up once again but they do need to have a thick layer of potato left inside to make them taste `meaty`.

Place the scooped out potato skins back onto the baking tray. Load a pastry brush with a little oil and brush the skins over for the second time. Place the tray of potato skins into the hot oven and bake them until they are crispy. Serve the piping hot potato skins as soon as they come out of the oven.

By cutting the potatoes in half the baked skins form a good base for a savoury filling. By adding cheese, chives, onion, garlic, peppers or a host of other savory fillings it is possible to create a tempting treat for a family supper.


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