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Spud Sunday: Spicy Skins

Spicy Potato Skins

This is adapted slightly from Paul Gaylers original recipe for Moroccan Baked Potato Skins. I’ve used less oil and not sliced the potatoes so thickly as he suggested. I really just think of these as spicy potato wedges with the skin left on. Mightn’t sound quite as fancy, but they taste good just the same.

Spicy potato skins

You’ll need:
  • About 650g-700g floury potatoes
  • 1 tblsp harissa paste (or other hot chili paste)
  • 0.5 tsp ground cumin
  • 0.5 tsp ground coriander
  • 0.5 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 0.25 tsp turmeric
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 50ml olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Optional: some grated cheddar cheese to sprinkle on top
The Steps:
  • Preheat the oven to 220C.
  • Scrub the potatoes well and remove any blemishes or dark patches on the skin.
  • Slice off the skin thickly. I (tried to) cut slices such that there was at most about 1-1.5 cm of potato flesh left underneath the skin. I then cut these slices into strips maybe 1-2cm wide. Don’t worry too much about precision here, it’s not an exact science.
  • Once you’ve sliced all the skin pieces off, you’ll more than likely be left with some skinless chunks of spud. Don’t waste ’em, just slice into chips, roughly the same thickness as your potato skin pieces.
  • In a large bowl, combine the olive oil, crushed garlic, harissa paste, cumin, coriander and turmeric plus a couple of twists of black pepper.
  • Add all of the potato slices into the bowl with the spice mixture and toss well, then lay out on a large baking tray or a couple of smaller baking trays if that’s what you’ve got.
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until golden and cooked through.
  • If you fancy it, sprinkle some grated cheese on the potatoes and return to the oven for a minute or two, ’til melted and bubbling.
  • Remove from the oven, sprinkle with coarse salt to taste and eat. These would be particularly good with sour cream or a yoghurt-based dip.
The Variations:
  • You could really substitute the chili of your choice into this or maybe use some smoked paprika in place of the harissa.
The Results:
  • You would think that this amount would be enough for 3 portions but 2 of us scoffed the lot for lunch. To, er, balance out the spuds, we also had a vastly healthier celery/apple/walnut salad with a lemony yoghurty dressing, which meant we didn’t feel quite as bad about eating so many spuds.