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How to Make Filled Potato Skins

Updated on September 24, 2012
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Recipies for New Parents

New parents rarely have time to cook. Complicated recipies or dishes requiring constant attention just aren't compatible with a little one who craves attention every 10 minutes or so. This doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice home-cooked food for cuisine-a-la-microwave. There are plenty of meals that don't need close attention to prepare and cook.

Filled potato skins are just such a dish. If your baby needs changing, you can down tools and change your baby. If baby needs a feed, you can pause mid-prep to see to your child. Potato skins can be cooked at your own pace. It can even be left for another day!

Once again, this dish is very versatile, and can be eaten one handed. My favourite ways to plate this meal include:

  • On their own with your own selection of toppings;
  • On a bed of salad with dressing;
  • As a side to a burger or hotdog.

Filled potato skins may not be a five minute meal, but they are ideal for new parents
Filled potato skins may not be a five minute meal, but they are ideal for new parents | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 4 Medium Potatoes
  • 100g Grated Cheese
  • 1/4 Chopped Onion
  • Handful Toppings, (Pepperoni, ham, sausage, sweetcorn, bacon)

Picture Guide: Homemade Filled Potato Skins

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You need to start by preparing your potatoes. Wash them thoroughly, prick several times with a fork and then salt the skin. Place in an oven for 1 hour at 200CWhilst the potatoes are cooking, prep your toppings. Here we have cheese, onion and pepperoniMix the cheese, onion, and other toppings in a bowl.Take the potatoes out of the oven. Cut in half with a sharp knife and scoop out the middle. The inside of the potato can be used for another recipe (mash or shepherd's pie) the following day.Fill your skins with the ingredients from your mixing bowl. Place your prepared skins onto a baking tray and back into the oven. You can also leave them in the fridge at this point for up to 24 hoursTake out the skins once the cheese has melted (around 5mins). To crisp the skins, place under the grill for 2 minutes
You need to start by preparing your potatoes. Wash them thoroughly, prick several times with a fork and then salt the skin. Place in an oven for 1 hour at 200C
You need to start by preparing your potatoes. Wash them thoroughly, prick several times with a fork and then salt the skin. Place in an oven for 1 hour at 200C | Source
Whilst the potatoes are cooking, prep your toppings. Here we have cheese, onion and pepperoni
Whilst the potatoes are cooking, prep your toppings. Here we have cheese, onion and pepperoni | Source
Mix the cheese, onion, and other toppings in a bowl.
Mix the cheese, onion, and other toppings in a bowl. | Source
Take the potatoes out of the oven. Cut in half with a sharp knife and scoop out the middle. The inside of the potato can be used for another recipe (mash or shepherd's pie) the following day.
Take the potatoes out of the oven. Cut in half with a sharp knife and scoop out the middle. The inside of the potato can be used for another recipe (mash or shepherd's pie) the following day. | Source
Fill your skins with the ingredients from your mixing bowl. Place your prepared skins onto a baking tray and back into the oven. You can also leave them in the fridge at this point for up to 24 hours
Fill your skins with the ingredients from your mixing bowl. Place your prepared skins onto a baking tray and back into the oven. You can also leave them in the fridge at this point for up to 24 hours | Source
Take out the skins once the cheese has melted (around 5mins). To crisp the skins, place under the grill for 2 minutes
Take out the skins once the cheese has melted (around 5mins). To crisp the skins, place under the grill for 2 minutes | Source

Filled Potato Skin Recipe

  1. Thoroughly wash 4 medium sized potatoes. Salt the skin (rub well into the skin to help the crisping process) and pierce each potato several times with a fork. Place the potatoes into a preheated oven at 200C for 45mins - 75mins (depending on potato size)
  2. Whilst potatoes are cooking, prepare your filling!
  3. Grate 100g of hard cheese into a bowl. Finely chop 1/4 of a red onion. Mix these two ingredients together. Then add your choice of pepperoni, ham, or tomato. You could also add sweetcorn or sausage, but these must be cooked first
  4. Once potatoes are cooked, remove them from the oven and cut in half using a sharp knife.
  5. Spoon out the potato with a teaspoon, leaving around 1 cm depth of potato around the edge. The potato can be saved for another dish, such as shepherd's pie or mashed potato.
  6. Fill your potato skins with a spoonful of your filling mix. (You can pause your prep at this point and save your skins for up to 24 hours)
  7. Place your filled potatoes onto a backing tray and then place into an oven at 200C for 5 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
  8. OPTIONAL: Place under a hot grill for a couple of minutes to crisp up the skins
  9. Top off with some sour cream and serve! This can be on their own as a snack or as part of a main meal with a simple side-salad. This dish also goes well as a side of lasagne or steak (in place of fries!)

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    • alliemacb profile image

      alliemacb 5 years ago from Scotland

      Yum. I love filled potato skins and it's a great idea for people with a new baby in the house - no fuss. I'll pass this on to my sister-in-law. She had a baby two weeks ago and has no time to come up with creative ideas. This will really help her out.

    • Marcy Goodfleisch profile image

      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      These would make a filling and tasty meal, all by themselves! I think you can be so flexible with potatoes as a base for a meal - great ideas here. Thanks for the recipe - I've never tried making filled potato skins, so this will be on my list now!

      Voted up and up!