Cheesy Potato Skin Pizza

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Cheesy Potato Skin Pizza
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Kids love these pizza-topped skins because they end up with two of their favorite dishes: mashed potatoes one day, potato skins the next.

What you'll need

  • 6 medium-size russet baking potatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups favorite pasta sauce, warmed (we used meat-based)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups grated mozzarella or other pizza cheese
  • Suggested toppings: chopped olives, chopped green peppers, sliced and sautéed mushrooms

How to make it

  1. Heat your oven to 400°. Scrub the potatoes, poke them with a paring knife, then bake them for 50 to 60 minutes, until they're tender at the center. Cool the potatoes briefly, then halve them lengthwise and scoop out most of the flesh (use it for mashed potatoes), leaving a thin potato wall. Cool the skins. If you're not preparing the pizza the same day, refrigerate them.

  2. To continue preparing the pizza the same day, heat your oven to 400°. Arrange the skins on a well-greased baking sheet, radiating out like the spokes of a wheel, as shown. Cut some skins in half the long way and tuck them into the gaps between the whole skins. Lightly salt and pepper the insides of the skins.

  3. Spoon the sauce into the skins, dividing it equally. Sprinkle one or more toppings over the skins, if desired, then cover them evenly with the Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle with the mozzarella. Bake on the center oven rack for 15 minutes. Cool for several minutes, then serve. Makes 5 to 6 servings.

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