It used to be that potato skins are discarded because people thought that they have no value and peeling them would make potatoes more nutritious and look cleaner. This is quite far from the truth. Potato skins are actually the most nutritious part of the potato, as they are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins C and B6, copper, manganese, and potassium. Here is a recipe for a sure hit appetizer for any occasion, from parties to family dinners: baked potato skins.
- Skins from 8 large organically-grown baking potatoes (Take note that potatoes that are not organically grown may have pesticides that can do more harm than good to you)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Freshly ground black pepper & salt to taste
- 1/2 cup Swiss cheese, grated
- Place a saucepan in medium heat and put in butter to melt.
- Wait for the butter to get hot and bubbling, before adding the garlic.
- Sauté the garlic for two and a half minutes, or until the garlic becomes soft and fragrant.
- Cut each potato skin into half lengthwise, making 2 equal pieces.
- Coat each potato skin piece with the garlic butter.
- In a baking sheet, put each piece with the side up.
- Generously sprinkle ground pepper over the skins.
- Lightly sprinkle salt for seasoning.
- Sprinkle the grated Swiss cheese on top of the buttered skins as well.
- The oven should be preheated to 350 degrees.
- Place the baking sheet in the oven’s upper tier.
- Bake the skins for at least 30 or up to 45 minutes or until the skins turn golden brown and crisp.
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