Baked Potato Skin Crisps

Baked Potato Skin Crisps

Last week, while working on some soup recipes and brainstorming “Waste Not, Want Not” topics, I was peeling potatoes. As I saw the peelings hit the sink, destined for the garbage disposal, I felt guilty. Isn’t it true that there are a lot of vitamins and minerals in the skin of the potato? Isn’t the skin my favorite part of a baked potato? Why am I not using these?

So I saved the peelings from their fate, rinsed them off and placed them on paper towels.

At the time I was working on a post for a cheese soup recipe. The recipe calls carrots, celery, onion, bacon, ham, cheese and potatoes. Twice-baked potatoes and loaded potato skins kept coming to mind and I realized that this soup could really benefit from those peelings. Crisp them up, season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle them on top of the soup as a garnish or serve as a dipping side!


You know how I know it’s brilliant?

Ree Drummond did it. On her show. This morning.

She (The Pioneer Woman) was doing a whole show on “Waste Not, Want Not” on Food Network. I wanted to yell at the t.v., “Hey! That’s MY line and that’s MY idea!”

As if I coined the phrase and was the first person to ever do this to potatoes.

What can I say?

I can say that these are delicious and if you are throwing away potato peelings, you are missing out on a tasty treat and a unique soup topper!

Baked Potato Skin Crisps


  • Potatoes
  • olive oil
  • Coarse-ground Salt
  • Coarse-ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Scrub potato skins clean and pat dry.
  • Peel potatoes, reserving potato for another use/recipe.
  • Place peelings in a bowl or directly on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle with course ground salt and pepper. Toss to coat peelings evenly.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Stir or flip peelings. Bake for 5 minutes longer or until they reach desired crispiness.
  • Remove from oven. Serve warm or fully cooled.

There’s one other thing I can say about these “Waste Not, Want Not” marvels: my husband loves them and thinks I’m pretty creative. 😉

As long as my audience is happy …

Turn vitamin packed potato peelings into crispy, addictive Potato Skin Chips! These tasty strips make a perfect side or topper for your favorite soup or sandwich.

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