Caprese Pesto Potato Skins Recipe

Yields: About 12 skins
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 50-60 minutes


  • Potatoes: 6 medium russet potatoes (or a similar baking variety)
  • Olive oil: 2 tablespoons, plus more for drizzling
  • Salt and black pepper: To taste
  • Pesto: 1/2 cup prepared pesto (store-bought or homemade – see note below)
  • Mozzarella: 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, or 8 oz fresh mozzarella, sliced
  • Cherry or grape tomatoes: 1 cup, halved
  • Fresh basil: 10-12 leaves, chopped
  • Balsamic glaze: For drizzling (optional)


1. Prep the Potatoes

  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  • Thoroughly wash and scrub the potatoes. Pierce each potato several times with a fork.
  • Rub the potatoes with a little olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper.

2. Initial Bake

  • Place potatoes directly on the oven rack and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until easily pierced with a fork.
  • Let cool slightly until you can comfortably handle them.

3. Scoop and Fill

  • Cut each potato in half lengthwise.
  • Carefully scoop out most of the potato flesh, leaving about 1/4-inch thickness to create a sturdy skin. Reserve the potato flesh for other uses (mashed potatoes, hash, etc.).
  • Drizzle the inside of each skin with a bit of olive oil, then season with salt and pepper.
  • Spoon a teaspoon of pesto into each potato skin and spread slightly.
  • Top with shredded mozzarella or mozzarella slices.
  • Distribute the halved cherry tomatoes among the potato skins.

4. Final Bake

  • Place the filled potato skins on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

5. Finishing Touches

  • Sprinkle with chopped basil.
  • Drizzle with balsamic glaze (if desired).
  • Serve immediately.

Homemade Pesto Note: If you’d like to make your own pesto, it’s easy! Blend together:

  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Enjoy your delicious and flavorful Caprese Pesto Potato Skins!


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