Crispy potato skins

I love crispy potato skins and i like to fill mine with sour cream, jalapeƱos, spring onions and sweetcorn. Yes they are retro and a little bit 80s but i’m bringing them back. My kids loved them so it’s all good. I remember back in the day (like really far back) when we would eat them at Pizza Hut. I haven’t been there in years so i am not sure if they do them anymore? This photo is a bit retro too .. my apologies šŸ˜‰

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On the sickness front, there is progress. My kids are a little better but like me, they seem to hit a wall in the afternoon and can’t seem to do much after that. We are all still violently coughing and have this horrendous ear ache. Ā  At the moment, my kids fall asleep for 4 – 5 hours every afternoon. They haven’t needed an afternoon nap in a long time so it’s strange. I went to see my GP yesterday (for the kids). I hardly ever go to the GP. I mean last time i went, i was pregnant and my daughter is 3 now. I really appreciate the NHS especially being a fan of 24 hours in A&E. I am aware that there is only so much they can do, that they work really really hard, that they are under a lot of strain, that they meet a lot of time wasters, that there must be hypochondriacs that do their heads in etc etc.

Sometimes though, GP’s don’t listen and as with any profession there are people who are great at their jobĀ and people who are not so great..I met not so great yesterday and i can’t really accept that for my kids.. so yeah i had to speak up on their behalf. After much badgering, she prescribed something with these words Ā ‘i’m prescribing this but i don’t think you should use it, just don’t get it..’ What kind of prescription is that? Might as well burn it right? It’s as much use as a chocolate fireguard or an ashtray on a motorbike. Thank you for the paper though..I was almost out of green printed paper.

I’m not the type of mum to be in and out of the GPs, i like to let their bodies fight but i think there is a lot to be said for a mothers instinct. Also if my ‘so laid back, he is lying down husband’ is worried, then that is a cause for concern too. I’m a little bit fed up and frustrated with it all but grateful that there has been some progress in terms of recovery.

I’ve been trying various herbal and old school remedies too. . today i’m sat with cloves in my mouth, a jar of honey to my right, some salt water on my left and some turmeric milk in front of me. (Oh and the kids on top of me). I’m going to be putting garlic in my ears today..Wow now that i have moaned my head off, lets move on! Hey it’s hard to stay upbeat ALL the time, when a bug just won’t go away!

Potato skins are something that most people seem to enjoy. I think they are a great side for gatherings too! With the scooped out potato, i made little pastries for the kids and froze them to eat at a later date. For them, i used about 1/2 cup of the potato mixture to 1 egg and then added chilli, garlic, salt, pepper, paprika, and cheese. If you would like me to put the recipe up separately, please let me know. You could of course, scoop the potato back into the skins as many people do..

With the leftover cuttings from the pastry we made some sweet pastry, which we topped with a little egg and some sugar and baked in the oven. We also made some savoury with egg and cheese. No waste here!

These skins are great to make ahead. If you do that, you will need toĀ reheat for 5 minutes in the oven before eating.

Crispy potato skins -

Crispy potato skins -

Crispy Potato Skins


  • 1 kg small/medium potatoes of your choice (I like russet)
  • Salt (i like Maldon sea salt) and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • Toppings
  • 150g cheddar cheese or mozzarella grated
  • 3 - 4 tbsp Sour cream
  • 2 Spring onions chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp Sweetcorn
  • 2 tablespoon pickled JalapeƱos chopped finely
  • 2 tbsp Chives chopped finely


  1. Preheat oven to gas mark 7.
  2. Prick each potato a few times with a fork. Pop them onto a microwave proof plate and microwave for 10 minutes.
  3. Turn the potatoes over using a spatula (be careful as the potatoes will be hot) and microwave for a further 6 - 8 minutes.
  4. Cut each potato in half.
  5. Use a tablespoon to scoop the filling out and leave a very thin potato layer (around 3/4 cm).
  6. Place the potatoes on a oven tray, skin side up.
  7. Brush with the olive oil then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  8. Bake skins for 20 minutes or until the skin is crispy.
  9. Now fill the skins with the cheese.
  10. Put back into the oven for 10 more minutes.
  11. Top with sour cream , corn, jalapeƱos, spring onions and chives.
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