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Italian Potato Skins

Author: Mrs Happy Homemaker

Ingredients

  • 6 medium russet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups Italian cheese blend divided
  • 1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes diced
  • 12 oz Johnsonville 3-Cheese Italian Chicken Sausage diced
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 6 fresh basil leaves sliced thin
  • Sour Cream to serve on the side
  • Marinara to serve on the side

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash the potatoes. Prick a few holes with a fork in the potato, wrap in aluminum foil, & place on a baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack until cool enough to handle. Remove the tin foil.
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • Combine the garlic & oil in a bowl & microwave for 30 seconds with a paper towel on top. Set aside.
  • Cut the potatoes in half, lengthwise - and scoop out the insides, leaving a thin rim around the outside for structure/support. Remove the minced garlic from the oil with a slotted spoon, and reserve. Brush the garlic infused oil onto the insides of the potatoes. Bake for 12 minutes.
  • In a skillet, saute the sausage & onion until nicely browned. Stir in the reserved minced garlic (from the oil) and cook 1-2 additional minutes. Turn off the heat. Mix in half of the cheese & the sun dried tomatoes.
  • Divide the mixture evenly between the potato skins. Sprinkle on the remaining cheese & bake in the oven for 5 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with basil leaves & serve with sour cream and marinara sauce.