Italian Potato Skins

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Italian Potato Skins are packed with Italian cheese, sausage and sun-dried tomatoes and topped it with even more cheese and basil leaves.

Italian potato skins


Italian Potato Skins

When I was thinking of a dish for today, I asked Mr. W what he thought sounded good.  He came up with potato skins.  Imagine that…  Midwest meat and potatoes man thinks ‘potato skins’ are a great happy hour dish. 

Well, being the accommodating wife that I am {{{hehehe}}}  I agreed that potato skins would be good,  but I didn’t want to do plain old potato skins that have been done a thousand times before.   So, I put The Slow Roasted Italian spin on them. 

I started out with the standard potato skin and brushed it with a flavorful spice blend and olive oil.  Packed it with Italian cheese, sausage and sun-dried tomatoes and topped it with more cheese and basil leaves, served with a side or marinara and a side of sour cream.  These are absolutely incredible.  Buon Appetito!

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Italian Potato Skins

Donna Elick
Italian Potato Skins are Russet potatoes packed with Italian cheese, sausage and sun-dried tomatoes. This is an outrageously delicious Italian appetizer recipe!
5 stars from 1 review
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Italian
Method Oven
Servings 3


  • 6 medium Russet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, extra virgin
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 cup Italian cheese blend, divided
  • 1/3 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 pound hot Italian sausage, I used chicken sausage
  • 6 Fresh basil leaves, sliced thin
  • sour cream, optional, for serving
  • marinara sauce, optional, for serving


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Clean potatoes with a vegetable brush. Place potatoes on middle rack until fork tender, about 1 hour. Remove from oven and let sit until cool enough to handle.
  • Turn oven to 450°F.
  • While potatoes are cooling, combine olive oil and smashed garlic in a small bowl. Cover with a paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds. Remove from oven.
    To the bowl, add Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  • Cut potatoes in half, lengthwise, and spoon out the flesh, leaving about a 1/4-1/2” shell.
    Brush olive oil mixture over top and bottoms of potatoes. Place on an oiled baking sheet in oven for 10-12 minutes, or until potato skins are firm.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium skillet over medium high heat, cook sausage. Drain. Place in bowl immediately add sun-dried tomatoes and 1/2 cup cheese. Stir well to combine.
  • Remove potatoes from oven when done and scoop sausage mixture into potatoes evenly. Add remaining cheese over top of potatoes.
  • Return to oven to cook for an additional 5 minutes, or until cheese melts. Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh basil.
  • Plate and serve with a bowl of sour cream and a bowl of marinara sauce.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 1169cal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 76g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 1991mg | Sugar: 8g | Fiber: 11g | Calcium: 186mg | Iron: 7mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally Published August 2011

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  1. Donna, these look fantastic. I seriously should have driven over to your house yesterday and taken one for myself. They sound delicious!

  2. SUCH a good idea. Italian style potato skins… what's not to love ?! I haven't made potato skins in ages. Next time, Italain style for sure.

  3. Wow I want to party at your house! I'll bring the beer 🙂 I bet they smell great and taste great because they sure look great!

  4. They would be a hit here . . . sausage, cheese, potatoes. I know I could make a meal of them myself. (So could my meat-and-potatoes-loving Mr. Rosemary.)

  5. These seriously look amazing. I love potato skins and the Italian twist on these is such a good idea! I would actually serve these for dinner with a side salad and call it a day – a good day:-)

  6. I've been eyeing these for a couple of days now and I woke up and said "Today's the day! I'm making these babies!!".

  7. When I first saw the picture of the potato skins I thought it was a hollowed out roll. This appeals to me. I would scoop out the roll brush with olive oil and put in the oven to crisp up then follow the rest of your instructions.

  8. 5 stars
    Such a flavorful way to make potato skins! I love making these for family dinners because everyone loves them!

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