My recipe for stuffed potato skins is a bit of a no-brainer, whose formal existence as a recipe lies more in the documenting the amounts of ingredients required so as to minimize waste and leftovers, or scrambling about to prepare extra ingredients to use up other already-prepared ingredients. Originally, making the stuffed potato skins was both an effort to add to my collection of recipes that could be used to fill the freezer, as well as a response to a desire to make stuffed potato skins, critically, using items I normally have on hand (potatoes, cheese, and in this case, frozen cooked breakfast sausages); however, yummy as they are, there was no pretense to attempt to replicate some mythically great potato skins eaten at some hypothetical pub.
First, five potatoes were taken out …
… and then washed — in this picture, save one, to show the comparison between cleaned and not (although the bag of potatoes does say “washed potatoes”).
Potatoes were halved along their length:
The potatoes were then somewhat hollowed out (before cooking, instead of after, as mentioned in my recipe, so that I could boil the removed pulp later to make mashed potatoes), while leaving a generous amount of the potato pulp in the skins:
The pulps from the potatoes were placed in water, to boil later …
… and with which to ultimately make a bit of mashed potatoes to be used in a lunch in the next couple of days:
Back to the potato skins: The hollowed out potatoes were placed on a microwave-safe plate:
The plate of hollowed out potatoes were placed in the microwave oven (1200 watts) for 10 minutes:
Once cooked (a few skins needed another couple of minutes to finish cooking), the hollowed out potatoes were placed on a flat surface (a cutting board), ready for stuffing with sausage cubes:
Earlier, three frozen, pre-cooked breakfast sausages were placed on a cutting board:
The sausages were sliced lengthwise …
… and sliced again lengthwise, making spears:
The spears were sliced cross-wise in order to make little cubes …
… which were then transferred to a bowl …
… and which was put aside to be used at the point at which the cooked potato skins were to be stuffed:
A block of cheese (cheddar in this case) was taken out, along with a cheese slicer:
About 100g of slices of cheese were cut off of the block …
… and placed on top of the potato skins filled with sausage cubes:
The potato skins were placed in a countertop convection oven preheated to 350F for 15 minutes:
The first batch of cooked potato skins were taken out of the oven, smelling yummy!
Once all the stuffed potato skins were cooked and cooled, a couple of them were put aside for supper, while the other eight stuffed potato skins were placed in a container for freezing:
Yes, they were yummy!