Saturday, April 5, 2014

10 Things You Didn't Know About Potato Skins

You say potato, I say….TGI Fridays, obviously.  In 1974, TGI Fridays was the first restaurant to offer the delectable Potato Skins as an appetizer. 
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Potato Skins, Fridays has recently re-launched this top selling item and is pleased to introduce Fridays’ new Loaded Potato Skins featuring melted cheddar and crispy applewood-smoked bacon, served with green onion and sour cream. Priced at $8.99 and available at TGI Fridays locations all over the country, these skins have more cheese per skin, thanks to a thicker slice of sharper cheddar. Thanks to consumer demand for the Loaded Potato Skins, potato fields in Maine are growing fresh potatoes to be used exclusively as Loaded Potato Skins at TGI Fridays.

In honor of the revamp of the Fridays Loaded Potato Skin and in celebration of its anniversary, we wanted to take a moment to share with you some lesser-known facts about one of TGI Fridays’ top selling appetizers

1.  20% of a potato’s nutrition is found in its skin, and 100% of its crispiness. Let’s see… carry the two, divided by 3.14…. that means that 5 potato skins would be….. delicious.

2.  But potato skins actually have potato on them too.  They contain more potassium than bananas, spinach or broccoli.  Arm yourself with that knowledge next time someone tells you how virtuous they've been with their banana-spinach-broccoli smoothie.

3.  Ancient Peruvians were the first to cultivate potatoes as many as 10,000 years ago.  The Inca even measured time by correlating how long it took for potatoes to cook.  "Only 25 more potatoes 'til happy hour!"

4.  There are thousands of different types of potatoes, including one called Blue Tomcat, which, incidentally, was our nickname in high school.  Okay, that's not technically true.  But it should have been.

5.  Potatoes are the world's fourth largest food crop, behind maize (corn), wheat and rice.  We don't have the science to back this up, but we're pretty sure that makes potato skins right up there with George Washington and the domestication of animals as far as impact on the history of human civilization.

6.  Potato skins were first listed on the TGI Friday's menu in 1974.  They have outlasted disco, the eighties, the collapse of the Soviet Union and many other less delicious appetizers on menus across the country.

7.  During the Alaskan Klondike gold rush, (1897-1898) potatoes were basically worth their weight in gold.  Potatoes were prized for their high Vitamin C and gold was more plentiful than healthy foods at that time.  So should the US currency switch to the Potato Standard?

8.  The potato is actually a vegetable.  So we'll stick to potato skins.  Sorry to hear you chose to get your veggies through a kale salad.  It didn't have to be that way.

9.  In 1995, the potato became the first vegetable to be grown in space.  NASA developed the technology with the goal of feeding astronauts on long voyages, and eventually, feeding future space colonies.  No word yet on the construction of the TGI Friday's first moon location.

10.  Potatoes contain antioxidants.  Now we have a scientific explanation for the overwhelming compulsion to eat potato skins after a night out with friends.  It's basically science.

To find your local TGI Friday's, visit https://www.tgifridays.com/

Disclosure:  Pink Lemonade didn't get any potato skins, or delicious food for that matter from TGI Friday's in exchange for this post - we did it just because we love potato skins.


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