Don’t Throw Away The Potato Skins!

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Next time you peel the potatoes and discard of the skins think about this: Potato skins contain large amounts of potassium and fiber and you are throwing away the most nutritious part of the potato!

There are so many different scrumptious recipes we can use with the peels, we would be foolish not to experiment.  The following recipes are quick and easy nutritious and delicious

Nacho Boats

When you’re making mashed potatoes, save the skins and turn them into nacho boats. This is also a great way to use up extra cheese and ground beef, too. Here, I used the leftover meat sauce from a pasta dish and shredded cheese from yesterday’s Taco Tuesday.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 potato
  • ½ cup of ground beef or refried beans
  • ¼ cup of shredded cheddar and jack cheese
  • Hot sauce

How to Make It:

  1. Wash the outside of the potato thoroughly.
  2. Bake in the oven for 1 hour at 400°F (no aluminum foil cover is necessary; the skins get crispier without it).
  3. Let it cool for 5 minutes before cutting potato in half lengthwise.
  4. Using a spoon, scoop out the potato flesh from inside each half (set aside for mashed potatoes).
  5. Place ground beef inside hollowed-out potato, then top with cheese.
  6. Place back in the oven at 400°F for 8 minutes.
  7. Let cool for 5 minutes. Drizzle with hot sauce

Potato Crisps

A tasty snack that requires nearly zero effort, these potato skin crisps have a lighter texture than your average potato chips but manage to hold the same toasty flavor as French fries.

You’ll Need:

  • Leftover raw potato skins
  • Salt, ground pepper, or preferred seasonings

How to Make It:

  1. Tear potato skins into smaller chunks.
  2. Season if desired.
  3. Place in oven for 10 minutes at 400°F.
  4. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  5. Enjoy as is or with a dip.

Potato Croutons

Just like you can with stale bagels, use potato skins to spruce up soup when you don’t have croutons on deck. These add a much-needed hit of texture and crunch, and they’re high in nutrition, too.

You’ll Need:

  • Leftover potato skins
  • Pepper

How to Make It:

  1. Follow steps 1-3 above for Potato Crisps.
  2. After letting it cool, crunch up into tiny bits and sprinkle over soup.

Potato Skin Sandwiches

This isn’t quite like stuffing a meaty sandwich with thick kettle chips, but it’s the next best thing. For this tip, you bake potatoes and scoop out the flesh like for the Nacho Boats above. Then you…..

Full Recipes: 4 Tasty Reasons to Not Throw Away Your Potato Skins

 

No matter what your pre conceived ideas are about potato skins the above recipes are simply divine.  Another consideration with some of the recipes is that you wouldn’t even have to use a potato peeler again.

Learn about another such recipe on the next page

Potato Skins Recipe

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