RECIPE: CHEESY POTATO SKINS

Potato skins are one of those weird hybrid foods. Not quite a French fry and not quite a baked potato. Sort of like pancakes smothered in blueberry syrup and whipped cream. Is it breakfast? Is it dessert? Should I really be eating this at 9 o’clock in the morning? (Answer: Yes.)

CHEESY POTATO SKINS WITH SUN-DRIED TOMATOES

Here’s a new take on an old classic. Parmesan and Mozzarella stand in for cheddar, and sun-dried tomatoes and parsley add a fresh touch. Perfect pick up food for your next party.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 medium russet potatoes (about 1½ pounds)
  • 1/4 cup fat free sour cream
  • 2 ounces shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 ounces shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion tops
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Bake potatoes 50 minutes, or until tender. Let cool. Cut each potato in half. With a spoon, scoop out pulp leaving ¼-inch of potato in each half. Cut each half in half again to form quarters. Season with salt and pepper. Bake potato quarters for 15 minutes. (This will crisp them up so that they can be picked up easily.)

Mash 1 cup potato pulp with a potato masher (save remaining pulp for a later use). Stir in the sour cream, cheeses, tomatoes, green onions and parsley. Mixture will be sticky and hold together. With your hands, divide the mixture evenly between the potato skins, pressing the mixture into the skins. Sprinkle with fresh ground black pepper and bake for 15 minutes. Serve warm. Yield: 16 stuffed potato skins.


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