Cooking a meal for my boyfriend is always very easy, he likes everything, par cheese and onion crisps (weird I know!) so instead of cooking him a delicious 7 course meal fit for a king, which I would have also loved to make, but couldn’t because of funds and lack of creative ingredients, I went for the good old potato skins starter.
Now, as tasty as this starter turned out, spending almost 1 and a half hours on eight potato skins isn’t the best idea, but that is what it takes. And don’t worry, even if you aren’t great at cooking, it won’t add an extra half hour on the dish either, it’s really quite simple.
2 large potatoes
1 tsp of cayenne pepper
1 tsp of garlic powder
As much cheese and ham as you fancy! (Make sure it is a melt-able cheese, I went with some strong cheddar!)
1. First preheat your oven to 200 degrees.
2. Next, wash and prick your potatoes and brush with a good dashing of oil.
3. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until soft inside, then let cool. (This may take a while, but I don’t recommend handling a hot potato!) and in the meantime put the cayenne pepper, garlic, salt and pepper into some oil and give a good mix.
4. Once fully cooled, cut into 3 shapes, this is hard to explain but cut as if you were making a triangle in the middle, you could draw a triangle in the middle with a knife if you like, it must touch all sides!
5. After being fully confused for a while, sorry!, then scope out the potato, which you could keep for mash, potato cakes etc (suggestions would be nice, mine ended up going in bin :()
6. Once you have done this then brush both sides of the skins with the flavoured oil you made earlier, turn up your oven 25 degrees then bake these on each side for about 9 minutes.
7. While they are baking, grate your cheese and tear up your ham, and once they are done cover them in the cheese and ham and bake for 2 more minutes, until the cheese has melted.
8. Serve with salad and a sauce of your choice.
Hope you enjoy, and I promise, I will start taking pictures before my food gets eaten. 🙂