Reserve the peels from baked, raw, or boiled potatoes and cut them into 3 by 1 inch strips. Arrange the strips in one layer in a buttered baking dish, dot them with unsalted butter, using 1 tablespoon for each cup of peels, and sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Bake the peels in a preheated very hot oven (450 degrees) for 5 to 25 minutes, according to the type of peel, or until they are very crisp. (Baked peels cook in 5 to 7 minutes, raw peels cook in 15 to 20 minutes, and boiled peels cook in 20 to 25 minutes.) Transfer the peels to a basket, sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired, and serve as an hors d'oeuvre;
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