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Re: Baked Potatoes skins

Allison Munro Hoff wrote:
> I remeber hearing negative things about potatoe skins a while back. Does
> anyone know about pros and cons of eating baked potatoe skins? If they
> are safe I would appreciate recipies. 

Here's a recipe I came across the other day.  I haven't had a chance to
try it yet.  It's from Cooking Light Cookbook 1996.

Crispy Potato Skin Snacks

4   (8oz) baking potatoes
1.5 T chili powder
2   t paprika
1   t gr. cumin
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/2 t dried oregano
1/4 t salt
1/4 t ground red pepper
      butter-flavored vegetable cooking spray
1/2   c (2oz) finely shredded recuced-fat sharp cheddar cheese

Scrub potatoes; prick each several times with a fork.  Bake at 400 for
45 minutes or until done.

Combine chili powder and next 7 ingredients, stirring well; set aside.

Cut potatoes in half lengthwise.  Carefully scoop out pulp, leaving
1/4-inch-thick shells.  Reserve potato pulp for another use.  Cut each
potato shell into 4 wedges.  Coat wedges with cooking spray; sprinkle
evenly with chili powder and cheese.  Bake at 400 for 10 minutes or
until crisp.  Store in an airtight container.  Yeild 32 snacks (21
calories each).

Per snack:  Fat .5g, saturated fat .2g, protein .9g, carbohydrate 3.5g,
cholesterol 1mg, sodium 36mg, fiber .4g, iron .3mg, calcium 19mg

BTW, we always eat potato skins and have never had any ill effects. 
Lots of good fiber there.  I do try to buy organic, however.  Perhaps
your concern is when there is green under the skin.  That is solanin(sp)
and the potato should be peeled before eating.  They get that from being
exposed to light, either in growing or storing, so keep them in a cool,
dark place.