Potato skins are a great all-American treat, aren’t they? As a wickedly naughty appetiser (there’s nothing wrong with starting a meal with carbs, btw), a tasty party food or the star of a lazy cook’s much-loved “picky dinner”, potato skins are always a winner 👌
But what if you could make them just as yummy but guilt-free? That’s what’s on offer here, with this sweet potato twist. Using the root veg in place of your usual potato base throwing some low-fat cheese into the mix as well, you still get your potato skin fix. It’s only around 250 calories per person for two skins, packed with bacon and cheese and with some fantastic flavours of the USA 🇺🇸
So, this is how I did it…
1. Sweet potatoes can be a bit gritty, so wash and prick them properly. Then rub a teeny drop of oil, salt and pepper on the skins, wrap very loosely in foil and pop into the oven at 220°C. I had an absolute BEAST of a potato so it took ages in my rickety old oven, but usually they take between 45 minutes to an hour to cook.
2. For the last 20 minutes of cooking, add a slice of bacon to the tray and oven cook this as well, flipping over halfway until it goes all crispy 🥓
3. Remove the potato and bacon from the oven. Cut the bacon into small pieces and add to a bowl, then scoop the potato flesh from the skins and chuck it in there too. While you’re combining this all together, stick the skins back in the oven for 5-10 minutes.
4. Mix together the bacon, sweet potato, almost all of the cheese (leave a little!) as well as a squeeze of BBQ sauce, American mustard and salt and pepper for seasoning. Remove the skins from the oven and scoop the mixture back into them.
5. Switch on the grill, sprinkle what’s left of the cheese on top of the skins and stick them under the grill for a few minutes, until the cheese bubbles and the skins are crispy 🍠
Honestly, these are SO tasty and well worth a try. Cheese and bacon is a pretty tried-and-tested flavour combo and, believe me, it works, but the bacon can easily be swapped for onion, chives or black beans for a veggie alternative. Also, give it a try with some chilli flakes or fresh jalapeños – perfect party food for you heat lovers out there!
1 Sweet Potato – Sweet Potatoes – 27.2p – Sainsburys
1 Slice of Unsmoked Bacon – Everyday Essentials Unsmoked Back Bacon – 89p – Aldi
Handful of Low Fat Grated Cheese (approx 30g) – Half Fat Mature Grated British Cheese – £1.90 – ASDA
BBQ Sauce – Batts BBQ Sauce – 72p – Lidl
American Mustard – Woeber’s Genuine American Yellow Mustard – £1.10
Before the potato goes into the oven, rub a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper over the skin. When your combining the flesh with bacon and cheese, make sure to add a squeeze of BBQ sauce and American mustard to the mix, as well as some more salt and pepper to season. These are simple flavours, but they all work really well together.