Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ??

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2007/07/17 13:24:10 (permalink)

Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ??


When I eat Baked Potatos I eat ALL of the potato, inc. the skin. My kids think I'm weird.

How do you prefer it and in what variations, if any?


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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 13:28:00 (permalink)
    I'll bet the skin is the best part. I think I'd almost rather have the skin (not fried or otherwise adulterated) -- just cooked.
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 13:31:41 (permalink)
    I like the skin in mashed potatoes, but stay inside the 'boat' when eating bakers.
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 13:34:56 (permalink)
    I agree the skin is the best part of a baked potato provided the potatoes were not wrapped in foil when cooked and the skin is nice and crispy - YUMMY!
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 13:38:55 (permalink)
    My stepdad eats them the same way as well - with the innards hollowed out and a papery jacket of skin on the plate. Sweet potatoes? Same way.

    I agree that the skin is the best part, and I remember reading that most of the vitamins are found in a potato's skin. So, I usually do the opposite. When I'm with family, or eating alone, I'll carefully peel the skin off and eat that first. Then, mash up the insides and eat them that way. :)
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 13:42:45 (permalink)
    I buy only organic potatos and I always eat the skin. I like the skin crispy.
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 13:56:19 (permalink)
    The baked potato (for me) includes the butter soaked skin, lightly salted. I eat it as part of the whole potato, not a side-dish!

    In most cases I DO NOT do the same with a Yam or Sweet Potato. No real reason for the the change in habit..just the way I eat.
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 13:56:50 (permalink)
    To improve the quality of the entire potato when I bake it, I oil the skin, salt it heavily, put grated garlic over the oil and cover it with onions.

    The entire potato is wonderful in my opinion.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 13:57:23 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by efuery

    I agree the skin is the best part of a baked potato provided the potatoes were not wrapped in foil when cooked and the skin is nice and crispy - YUMMY!


    Agreed!!!

    Only thing more disappointing than a steamed potato is steamed potato skin.

    I roughly follow the Joy of Cooking technique: lightly butter the skin and don't poke steam holes until half-way through cooking. Gives a fluffy flesh and crispy skin.

    DD - when we were kids we always ate the skin, until the pediatrician once said something to my Sister about the "potato skins" (wax) in her ears. She refused to eat potato skins for several years afterward.
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 14:14:08 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by efuery

    I agree the skin is the best part of a baked potato provided the potatoes were not wrapped in foil when cooked and the skin is nice and crispy - YUMMY!

    So true, I just had this type of baked potato for lunch. It was wrapped in foil and I added butter and a little sour cream. The skin was delicious.
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 16:22:37 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Sundancer7

    To improve the quality of the entire potato when I bake it, I oil the skin, salt it heavily, put grated garlic over the oil and cover it with onions.

    The entire potato is wonderful in my opinion.

    Paul E. Smith
    Knoxville, TN

    Sounds, well, uhm ... "salty" ...
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 16:29:05 (permalink)
    If it is made properly, I will eat the entire potato. Doatsie
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 16:40:46 (permalink)
    Yup, I always pull a little sour cream and butter off the rest of the potato to savor with the skin. Yum.
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 16:45:46 (permalink)
    One of the reasons I prefer to bake my potatoes in a hot (450 degree) oven is to get the skins all crusty and slightly burnt. It is absolutely the best part of the potato!!
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 17:23:27 (permalink)
    If you like crusty, slightly charred skins, you should consider using a kartoffel teufel, aka "Potato Devil" instead of the oven. Its basically an unglazed ceramid pot with a matching lid that is used to bake potatoes on the stovetop. Sort of like a romertopf.

    In addition to making great, slighly smoky potatoes, it also is more efficient for small quantities since you don't have to heat up the oven (and the kitchen) to bake one or two potatoes.

    http://www.kartoffelteufel.de/ -- its in German but has a photo.

    I forget where I got mine, but I've had it for years and makes sensational baked spuds. Also great for dry-roasting garlic & shallots (which are great mashed into potatoes).

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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 17:28:26 (permalink)
    Course you eat the skin! Gotta rub that sucker with butter to make the skin crispy, put on some more butter, Yummmmmmmm

    Judge Jean
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 17:43:21 (permalink)
    Sure, the skin is the best part...

    When my Brother and I were just wee little tykes (many years ago ), we would cut the baked potato in half, scoop out the "innards", mash that all up with butter, and then stuff it all back into the skins. They were then eaten without the benefit of any utensils at that point. Knife and fork, they were there just for the prep work...

    Funny, I would probably still eat them that way...Hey, why change something that works Sooooo Gooood???

    Take care,
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 17:48:55 (permalink)
    I think tonight I am going to bake a potato and fry some corn the way Sundancer does it.

    ps. I eat the skins.
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 18:03:07 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Davydd

    I think tonight I am going to bake a potato and fry some corn the way Sundancer does it.

    ps. I eat the skins.


    How about doing it like Sundancer does it, then slice open the tops, dig out the innards, mix with butter, SC, cheese, ham AND the now cooked onions...plop it all back inside the skin, back in the oven for 15 min for a real nice twice baked!

    Damn, why am I still on a diet????

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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 19:36:43 (permalink)
    I rub the skins of my baking 'taters with (yes..) bacon drippings before baking. To ask if they are not eaten is a rather silly question.
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 19:46:04 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by seocom

    Sure, the skin is the best part...

    When my Brother and I were just wee little tykes (many years ago ), we would cut the baked potato in half, scoop out the "innards", mash that all up with butter, and then stuff it all back into the skins. They were then eaten without the benefit of any utensils at that point. Knife and fork, they were there just for the prep work...

    Funny, I would probably still eat them that way...Hey, why change something that works Sooooo Gooood???

    Take care,
    Stan...


    I used to eat them the same way. Sometimes I added my green peas which wasn't one of my favorite vegetables. With lots of butter and s&p, they seemed to go down pretty good. pb
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 20:26:37 (permalink)
    I like them rolled up with mustard, steak sauce, or the like. I'll roll 'em up and call them Irish Burritos. I'm told that the skin is the most nourishing part of the potato.
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 20:42:32 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Big Ugly Mich

    I like them rolled up with mustard, steak sauce, or the like. I'll roll 'em up and call them Irish Burritos. I'm told that the skin is the most nourishing part of the potato.


    YES! Steak Sauce! Excellent combination.

    Irish Burritos - Good one!

    DD
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 20:49:53 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by desertdog

    quote:
    Originally posted by Davydd

    I think tonight I am going to bake a potato and fry some corn the way Sundancer does it.

    ps. I eat the skins.


    How about doing it like Sundancer does it, then slice open the tops, dig out the innards, mix with butter, SC, cheese, ham AND the now cooked onions...plop it all back inside the skin, back in the oven for 15 min for a real nice twice baked!


    Damn, why am I still on a diet????



    Not to rub it in but I did bake the potato and fry the corn the way Sundancer does it. On top of that I grilled 1/2 lb homemade Jucy Lucy burgers.
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 20:57:05 (permalink)
    Skin is in...enough said.
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 21:07:58 (permalink)
    I will eat skins in my mashed potatoes I will eat the skins of roasted potatoes but I will not eat the skin of baked poatoes LOL don't know why I've always been that way my husband however will take the skins from the potato I ate and his own and mix it with a bowl full of I mean FULL of ketchup and mustard mixed and eat them .......... rather gross I think
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 21:24:06 (permalink)
    The skins are pretty tasteless on most baked potatoes. The skins really need oil and a coarse sea salt to bring out the flavor and texture of the skin.

    And smashed potatoes need the red skins to make the dish.
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 21:36:07 (permalink)
    Like potatoes are flavorful. The appeal is you can taste the spice, not the food.
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/17 23:43:40 (permalink)
    Baked potatoes (and their skins) are the perfect stage on which sour cream, butter and chives can make their starring appearances.
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    RE: Baked Potato - Eat the Skin ?? 2007/07/18 04:40:22 (permalink)
    Hello All,
    Gotta eat that skin!!!
    It is the reservoir of all the spices and butter
    I add in order to spice up the meat of the potato,
    and the texture, ahh, the texture is a perfect
    mate to the softness of the meat of the potato.
    Gotta eat that skin!!!
    Take Care,
    Fieldthistle
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