Pizza Stuffed Baked Potato Skins

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Pizza Stuffed Baked Potato Skins

Enjoy this kitchen-tested recipe packaged in Amazing Appetizers called Pizza Stuffed Baked Potato Skins.

Extra-large basil leaves are featured in some of the photos in this package. In addition to offering a nice pop of color, they are also delicious when wrapped around the skins prior to eating.

As written, this recipe yields 12 substantial appetizers. If needed, it can be doubled or tripled to serve a larger crowd.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Yields: 12 appetizers

Ingredients:

6 large baking potatoes, cleaned and pierced several times with a fork
2 T. olive oil
1 c. tomato sauce
1 T. Italian seasoning
1 t. garlic powder
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
2 c. Mozzarella, shredded
4 oz. pepperoni, cut into half rounds and/or chopped
3 T. fresh basil, julienned (cut into thin strips)

Optional: Extra-large basil leaves, for serving

Directions:

1. Position the top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 425°F.

2. Place the potatoes in the pre-heated oven and bake until cooked through, approximately 50 minutes. Remove potatoes from oven and transfer to a baking rack to cool for 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle.

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3. While the potatoes are cooling, combine the tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder in a medium bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Set aside.

4. Once cool, cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and carefully scoop out the soft interior with a spoon, leaving a one-quarter inch margin around the skins. (Save the cooked potato filling for another recipe).

5. Place the potato skins cut side down on a baking rack set over a baking sheet. Brush the skins with olive oil and return to the hot oven for 10 minutes.

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6. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip over the skins with tongs. Divide the seasoned tomato sauce evenly between the skins and spread into a thin layer with the back of a spoon.

7. Fill each skin with an equal amount of Mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and fresh basil. Place back in the oven for another 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

8. Remove from oven and cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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