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Pizza potato skins a crowd-pleaser

Today I made this genius little creation for the kids at lunch.

There is one food the kids can all agree they like … pizza. OK, that’s not even always true.

In reality, they all like pizza — there is just no guarantee that they will all like it at the same meal! Ha.

Now … back to the recipe.

This is a twist on classic potato skins. Instead of topping with bacon and sour cream, we topped the red potato halves with a veggie packed pizza sauce, light cheese and a few small pieces of pepperoni.

This meal is a win for me because it has all of the nutrition from the potatoes and pizza sauce, and the cheese and pepperoni that help to ensure they are delicious!

Pizza Potato Skins

6 medium red potatoes

2 cups pizza sauce

1 cup shredded pizza cheese

Italian seasoning

16-20 pepperoni (can use turkey pepperoni if you like)

any other toppings


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Brush potatoes with oil and puncture several times with a fork. Bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Remove from oven and cut in half. Scoop potato out of the centers to make a hole for the fillings.

Lay each skin on a baking cheese with the open side up. Fill with 1-2 tablespoons of pizza sauce, sprinkle with cheese, Italian seasoning and 4-5 pepperoni pieces.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and starting to turn golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve with additional pizza sauce for dipping.

Karley, who works for Dining Services at the University of North Dakota, blogs at everydaygour