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Deep-Fried Potato Skins

 Deep-Fried Potato Skins
"The combination of potatoes, cheese, bacon and garlic dip in this recipe is fantastic," says Leslie Cunnian of Peterborough, Ontario. "The skins can be served as an appetizer or as a side dish with roast prime rib or any other entree you choose."
8 ServingsPrep: 1-1/4 hours + cooling Cook: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • Dash hot pepper sauce
  • Oil for deep-fat frying
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 6 to 8 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 4 teaspoons minced chives or green onion

Directions

  • Bake potatoes at 400° for 1 hour or until tender.
  • Meanwhile, for dip, combine the sour cream, soup mix, onion, garlic
  • and hot pepper sauce in a bowl. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
  • When potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut in half lengthwise.
  • Scoop out pulp, leaving a 1/4-in. shell (save pulp for another use).
  • With a scissors, cut each potato half into three lengthwise strips.
  • In an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer, heat oil to 375°. Fry
  • skins in oil for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown and crisp.
  • Place potato skins in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Combine

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Deep-Fried Potato Skins (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • the cheeses and bacon; sprinkle over potatoes. Broil 4 in. from the
  • heat for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with
  • chives. Serve with the dip. Yield: 2 dozen.