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Elevated Potato Skins

Ingredients

  • Canola oil, for frying
  • 6 russet potatoes, scrubbed and washed
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 leeks, cleaned, 1/4-inch dice
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 6 to 8 turns fresh ground pepper
  • 2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 8 ounces Brie, cubed
  • 8 thin slices prosciutto, torn
  • 1/4 cup finely sliced chives

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Preheat 3-inches of canola oil to 350 degrees F in a deep heavy pot.

Pierce the potatoes a few times with a fork. Place directly in the center oven rack and bake until tender, about 1 hour.

In a saute pan over medium-high heat, add butter, leeks and 1 teaspoon salt and 3 to 4 turns pepper.

Saute until the leeks are wilted, about 3 to 4 minutes.  Add the mushrooms and thyme and saute until lightly browned, about 5 to 6 minutes.

Remove from the heat and set aside.

Halve the potatoes lengthwise and scoop out the flesh, leaving a 1/4-inch-thick shell. Reserve the potato innards for another use. Allow to cool.

Working in batches, fry the potato skins in the preheated canola oil until crispy and golden brown – about 5 to 6 minutes.

Remove from the oil and drain.

Arrange scooped-side up on a baking tray. Season with the remaining salt and pepper.

Fill the skins with the leek-mushroom filling, top with cubed Brie and torn prosciutto.

Place in the preheated 350 degree F oven and bake until brie is melted and prosciutto is crispy, about 6 to 8 minutes.

Remove from the oven, garnish with chives and serve.

Yield: 4 servings