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Asiago and Sausage Potato Skins


Asiago and Sausage Potato Skins

Cheesy and comforting, these party snacks are always a hit. Italian flavors abound in this version, from fruity asiago to fennel-flecked sausage, savory sun-dried tomatoes, and rich mascarpone cheese.
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 6 russet potatoes
  • ¼ cup pesto
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage
  • cup sun-dried tomatoes chopped
  • 8 ounces asiago cheese grated, divided
  • ¾ cup mascarpone cheese
  • Sliced green onions to garnish

Instructions
 

  • ►Heat oven to 375°F. Prick potatoes all over with a fork and rub with olive oil. Roast for 1 hour, slice in half, and cool.
  • ►Heat oven to 450°F. Scoop out most of the potato flesh, leaving a ½ inch in the skins. Brush potato skins with pesto and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until crispy.
  • ►Meanwhile, cook sausage in a medium pan over medium heat until no longer pink, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl using a slotted spoon and add sun-dried tomatoes and half asiago cheese to bowl. Divide filling evenly among potato skins. Top with remaining asiago cheese.
  • ►Bake potato skins 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and garnish each potato skin with a small dollop of mascarpone and a sprinkle of green onions.
Photographed by Joe St. Pierre.

Styled by Chantal Lambeth.

Rebecca Haley-Park

Rebecca Haley-Park is culture's former editor and resident stinky cheese cheerleader. A native New Englander, she holds a BFA in creative writing from University of Maine at Farmington.

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