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Wikipedia: Potato skins
Potato skins are a snack food or appetizer. They are made of small, flat circular or oval pieces of potatoes with skin on one side and a quarter-inch or so of fleshy potato on the other. The fleshy side is covered with toppings such as bacon, cheddar cheese, and anything else that might be found on a baked potato.
Potato skins are often thought of as being in the same category of foods as buffalo wings, jalapeño poppers, and mozzarella sticks. They are commonly found on the menus of casual dining restaurants such as T.G.I. Friday’s.
Restaurants that serve potato skins often buy the skins from suppliers rather than remove the inner parts of the potatoes themselves.
(Oxford English Dictionary)
potato skin n. (a) the outer skin of a potato, potato peel (in early use also as the type of something worthless); (b) (in pl.) any of various dishes consisting of pieces of cooked potato skin with most of the flesh removed, esp. when deep-fried and filled or served with dips.
1799 D. TRACY Let. to Mr. Denis Feagan 7 Never considering or caring to the value of a *potatoe skin how it might touch the like of us.
1817 M. EDGEWORTH in Harrington & Ormond II. xii. 251, I should not like itnot that I mind what people say a potato skin.
1894 E. O. SOMERVILLE & ‘M. ROSS’ Real Charlotte III. xxxiv. 1 The sweeping of out-lying potato-skins and cinders into a chasm beneath the..hearth.
1968 Burlington (N. Carolina) Daily Times News 5 Jan. 10/3 The menus include..broiled lobster tail and crisp potato skins.
1992 P. MCCABE Butcher Boy (1993) 125 Every day I’d collect my brock cart..and off I’d go round the houses and hotels gathering scraps of potato skins and rotten food.
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