Fried Potato Skins: Great Snack for Celebrating Earth Hour!
POTATO SKINS: GREAT SNACK FOR CELEBRATING EARTH HOUR!
Back in Manila, I remember driving through Quirino Avenue spotting Spuds, a restaurant which I learned serve mostly dishes with potatoes (spuds being an informal word for potatoes). The restaurant features, among other things, fried potato skins as an appetizer. Although I have not tried the Spuds version of it, I found it rather odd for the restaurant to be serving what was considered compost material. Yet I was curious as to how it tasted; after all, the skin was still part of the potato so it should not be different from eating vegetables or fruits with their edible covering intact.
And so my curiosity led me to come up with an idea after peeling potatoes of the Yukon variety for a hot bowl of beef shank soup with corn and leeks. The Spuds story of frying the potato skin is something I could not resist. My daughter, Lia, watched in delight and blurted that I was actually saving the Earth by cooking the potato skins! So in honour of Mother Earth, save those skins and whip up this delicious snack! Don’t forget to switch off your lights this Saturday, March 31, 8:30 pm for Earth Hour (www.earthhour.org).
FRIED POTATO SKINS WITH HONEY MUSTARD AND THREE CHEESES DRESSING
300-500 grams of potato skins (Yukon variety)
Salt and pepper to taste
Chili powder (mild variety; optional)
1. Wash the potato skins in warm water to remove dirt.
2. Place potato skins in a mixing bowl then season with salt and pepper.
3. Using your hands, toss the skins until it gets evenly coated with the salt, pepper and mild chili powder.
4. Deep fry the skins in vegetable oil over medium heat. When the skins turn golden brown, remove it immediately and drain the excess oil. Serve immediately with dip.
For the dip, whisk 2-3 tbsp of Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp of honey and 2-3 tbsp of three cheeses Kraft Ranch dressing. My kids love it!