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Vegetables are the most important item of our daily diet. There is an art to cooking them though because a badly cooked vegetable will lose much of its value. All the goodness is discarded with the cooking water.
Sometimes methods of cooking are limited to steaming and boiling. Steaming under high pressure is a good method of cooking vegetables because they are done in just a few minutes and retain valuable vitamins and mineral salts.
Talking about potatoes, they are truly a universal vegetable used all around the world. Adults and children love them alike. Potatoes can be boiled and then it is just a case of scrubbing them well and removing any eyes. Potatoes are one of the most commonly consumed vegetables in the world.
Most people know them as fries with salt and vinegar. However you choose to eat potatoes, peels are the by-product. When you see some of the potato peels recipe ideas there are, you will agree that throwing the peels out is tantamount to sheer wastage.
Lots of Nutrition Packed into Potato Skins
The peels have lots of nutritional properties, containing valuable dietary fiber. Peels are also a rich source of phenolics and a good source of vitamins such as vitamin B6, folic acid and riboflavin.
Speaking of a potato peels recipe, the quickest and easiest way to enjoy the peels as a quick snack is to simply scrub a couple of potatoes and peel them.
Place the peels in a small oven-proof bowl and pour one of your best-loved salad dressings over them. You can also use olive oil with some delicious garlic salt. Then spread the skins out on a baking sheet. Bake the peels for about 20 minutes in your preheated oven, until they are crisp and golden.
The Perfect Pre-Dinner Snack
The thing is, potatoes peels are a perfect pre-dinner snack too. If you have already peeled potatoes for your meal, you may be ravenous right now and roasting the peels while you wait for supper can fill that gnawing hollow feeling you have. Of course, a potato peels recipe does not have to be just potato peels on their own either. Doesn’t cheese and bacon sound like wonderful additions?
For this tastiest of potato peels recipe ideas, take 4 nice sized potatoes as well as 2 onions that you chop up finely, 4 rashers of bacon and about 110g of grated cheese. Your oven should have been preheated to 180°C.
Prick your potatoes, wrap each one in tin foil ad cook for about 50 minutes. Remove them from the oven and when cool, cut each potato in half and scoop out the flesh of the potato. You can use this for something else another time. Cut up your bacon into small pieces and then place the bacon and cheese into each potato skin ‘bowl’.
Place on a baking tray and cook for another 8 minutes. You can now garnish with some garlic salt and very finely chopped green peppers and serve it with some sour cream.
Lots of More Elaborate Recipes for Potato Skins
Just because we’ve mentioned two easy potato peels recipe ideas, it doesn’t mean that potato peels are for only the simple recipes mentioned. There are some more involved culinary treats where you can discover how the popular spud’s peels can be used in an array of delectable ways.
The beauty of cooking with potato skins is that they are so easy as you may want to make your potato skins in advance saving the final warm-up just before you are going to serve the dish. This means you can keep them in a container in the fridge until ready for serving and they can be kept in the fridge for up t 5 days.
Many foods are cooked in order to break down the tough cellulose and fibres and to facilitate digestion. A portion of vegetables should be served every day to ensure a good intake of vitamins for health. Potato peels, when planning menus, play an important role in providing the body with health and taste.
The Potato Peel Triumphs
The best appetizer in the world is well-prepared food, however simple the meal may be. With potatoes, there are so many recipe ideas and in the 21st century, with so many lavish recipes available to us, it is the humble potato with its amazing peels that are the ultimate triumph when it comes to providing a tasty and nutritious snack to fill the gap.