Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Pepperoni Pizza Skins
It is no secret that we love pizza here. I am always making different variations of homemade pizzas and lunch options with pizza in it, these were no different, perfect. We took these to a super bowl party this past weekend and they flew of off the platter. The potatoes were crispy and the cheese was ooey gooey. I used my homemade pizza sauce, which I always keep a batch in the freezer and that really topped them off, it was a phenomenal addition. You also use really thick-cut pepperoni, cut into tiny pieces, so you get a little bit in each bite.
The Super Bowl this year was kinda meh to me. I wanted it to be a better game. Good thing I had the wonderful family & friends, a fabulous halftime show, and yummy snacks to keep me satisfied.
You don't have to wait a full year to make these for the next Super Bowl, these are perfectly acceptable as dinner with a large side salad. You can adapt these by adding your favorite pizza toppings, I can just imagine my favorite pizza, a supreme, on there now. You would just add the additional toppings on when you add the pepperoni. You can also dip these in ranch, add crushed red pepper or parmesan pizza, the possibilities are endless.
Source: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays
8 Russet Potatoes, scrubbed clean
4 tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
2 tablespoons of Butter, melted
1 cup of Pizza Sauce, jarred or homemade
1 cup of Mozzarella Cheese, grated
1/2 cup of diced Pepperoni, thick-cut
Optional: fresh parsley, ranch dressing, grated parmesan, crushed red pepper flakes
First, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Now, place the scrubbed potatoes on a baking sheet and brush the potatoes with the vegetable oil and sprinkle them with salt. Bake them for 35-55 minutes, until they are fork tender, this will depend on the size of your potatoes. When they are finished, remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
Next, slice the potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop the insides out with a spoon.
Now, raise the oven temperature to 425. Brush the inside of the skins with half of the melted butter, let them bake for 3 minutes. Remove them from the oven, flip them over and brush with the other half of the butter and cook for 3-4 more minutes, until crispy.
Fill them with pizza sauce, top with cheese, and then pepperoni and other toppings. Bake for 10 minutes 375 or until the cheese has gotten melty. Serve immediately.
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