Amazingly, the holidays are over, and, whether or not you gave into the Yule Log and those cheesy potatoes, it is a new year and a new start. As campus fills again and bookstores squeeze us for cash, people will undoubtedly brave the elements in order to see friends they’ve missed for nearly a month. At these gatherings, there will definitely be food. The most considerate of hosts will scatter chips and salsa across the room, while most will suggest a late-night call to Jimmy John’s.
Take charge of the menu! Throw your own party with your own fuel, or bring a healthy alternative to the potato chips and leftover Christmas cookies. The following recipe is a healthy spin on an old favorite – it’s so good, people won’t even know they’ve cut down their calorie intake for the evening. So get together and get eating!
Crispy Potato Skins
2 medium russet potatoes
Butter-flavored cooking spray
1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 375 F.
Wash the potatoes and pierce with a fork. Place in the oven and bake until the skins are crisp, about 1 hour.
Carefully — potatoes will be very hot — cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the pulp, leaving about 1/8 inch of the potato flesh attached to the skin. Save the pulp for another use.
Spray the inside of each potato skin with butter-flavored cooking spray. Press in the rosemary and pepper. Return the skins to the oven for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve immediately.
Serving size: 2 potato skin halves
Calories 114; Cholesterol 0 mg
Protein 2 g; Sodium 12 mg
Carbohydrate 27 g; Fiber 4 g
Total fat 0 g; Potassium 332 mg
Saturated fat 0 g; Calcium 20 mg
Monounsaturated fat 0 g