I’ll get straight to the point – these pizza loaded potato skins are absolutely AMAZING! Not only are they incredibly simple to make, they taste divine and are seriously hard to resist. Honestly though, who doesn’t love fully loaded potato skins? And who doesn’t love pizza? Exactly. You know this is a match made in heaven. It’s like Bonnie and Clyde or Jon Snow & Daenerys Targaryen… something tells you it shouldn’t really work but it just DOES! Smothered in oodles of glorious marinara sauce, a wonderful mix of melted cheddar & mozzarella and nuggets of perfect Pepperami. Just yes. A thousand times YES! Pizza collaborations are the greatest. Remember when I made that One Pot Pizza Pasta?!
When I was researching loaded potato skins fillings, I felt like most things had already been done before. It had to be a collaboration. A merger of epic proportions that would skyrocket this recipe to the moon and back. I knew almost immediately it had to be a pizza hybrid. I honestly don’t know one person that doesn’t like pizza or at least some variation of it. It’s just SO versatile! Much like the humble potato – also insanely versatile. It was always going to work.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I LOVE it when the sides steal the show at a BBQ! It always seems to be about the meat though. Well there’s only so much you can do with meat in my opinion, but the sides? The sides can make all the difference! They can showcase the meat in a whole different light, they can add colour, a completely different flavour or even become the star of the show themselves. Have a go at my gorgeous pizza loaded potato skins recipe and serve them at your next gathering. I guarantee you they will be an instant hit and people will be begging you for the recipe!
You can very easily change up the flavour too. How about barbecue sauce & pulled chicken? Or even piling in some sweetcorn, fresh tomatoes and peppers for a super veggie version? Just like a pizza, these can be personalised in every way to cater for your tastes or simply to use up what you have in the fridge. You can also use sweet potatoes like I did in my sweet potato & bbq chicken recipe.
Here is what you will need to make 6.
Preheat your oven to 190°C/Fan 180°C.
Rub the potatoes all over with a little olive oil then rub on some salt. (The salt will help the skins to really crisp up!)
Place directly onto the oven shelf with a baking tray underneath to catch any potential oil dripping or leaks. Bake for 60-75 minutes until the skin is dark and the middle is cooked.
When cool enough to handle, slice in half and allow them to cool for another 20-30 minutes.
Get that spoon out, it’s time to scoop out these potatoes! Spoon all that beautiful filling into a large mixing bowl. Try not to go too close to the skin, you don’t want to rip it.
(Now would be a great time for you to check out my top tips above to make your loaded potato skins totally game changing!)
Let’s make the filling. To keep it CRAZY simple, mash the potato with a fork until most of the big lumps are gone then add in half of the grated cheese and the Italian seasoning.
Season really well with salt. You can add some pepper if you like too. Go on, don’t be scared – give it a taste! When you like it, you’re done.
Divide that wonderfully cheesy mixture between the potato skins.
Now for the good bit, adding the toppings!
Turn your oven on to the grill setting.
Next, place the potatoes onto a baking tray and spoon a generous dollop of marinara/pizza sauce onto each one. Spread it out a little with a spoon to give good coverage then sprinkle over the remaining cheese.
Finally, add on some sliced Pepperami (or mini pepperoni) and a little sprinkling of Italian herbs if you fancy it.
Pop your now fully loaded potato skins under the grill for 8-10 minutes until golden and bubbling.
For the final touch, tear up some fresh basil leaves and scatter them over the top. Ok, are you ready? Commence drooling!
Wowsers. Really, just WOW! These are just ridiculously delicious. I swear, once you’ve set your eyes on them you can’t resist! If food could hypnotize you into eating it I’m pretty sure these pizza loaded potato skins would be fully qualified. You seriously need to try these for yourself and see.
What would be your perfect loaded potato skins topping? Let me know in the comments below!
I hope you enjoyed the recipe my lovelies, until next time.
Miss Kitchen Mason x
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