Are your having a party? These Loaded Potato Skins are the perfect appetizer! Baked and not fried, these bacon and cheese potato skins are easy to make and a crowd pleaser!
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Are you in love with potato appetizers too? I am always ready to grab a handful of hot and crispy french fries, tater tots, and even a poutine or two. But one thing I really love is loaded potato skins!
The crispy and slightly salty skin, filled with a small layer of flaky potato, and topped with lots of smoky bacon and melty cheese has me dreaming of them non-stop.
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How to make loaded potato boats
If you are wanting to make the perfect potato skins, you have to start with the right potato! You can use fingerling, red skinned, Yukon gold, and sweet potatoes, but the best one to use is the Russet.
The skins are slightly thicker so they hold up well when baked and the inside turns light and fluffy. A reason they are perfect for mashed potatoes too.
I like to choose Russet potatoes that are firm, a consistent earthy brown color, and one that is free of blemishes and sprouts. The skins are what you are using as a serving dish for all those yummy topping so they need to be pretty too!
To make potato skins, we need to start by prepping the potatoes.
- Lightly brush, rinse, and pat dry.
- Using a fork, poke holes in the skin all over.
- Place on a foil-lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 400F for appx 40 mins or microwave for 5-8 mins.
- Make sure the potatoes are done by poking with a fork.
- Remove from the oven and let cool.
Make the potato boats
- Cut the potatoes in half, lengthwise
- Scoop out the potato flesh, leaving 1/4 inch inside.
- Place the potatoes skin side up on a foil-lined baking sheet.
- Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
- Bake for 5-7 minutes to crisp the skin.
- Remove and flip the skins over.
- Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
- Bake for another 5 minutes to brown and crisp them.
Let’s load them up!
Fill the potatoes with bacon and cheese. Return to the oven for another 5 minutes or until the cheese is melty. Remove and garnish with chopped green onions and sour cream.
Can’t you just see yourself serving these delicious potato skins at your next party? I mean, everyone loves cheese and bacon. Think of them as really awesome adult french fries!
Can you freeze potato skins?
You can freeze them before or after filling them, just as long as the shells are cooked. Freeze on a baking sheet in a single layer and then transfer to a zip top bag for easier storage.
If you are going to freeze filled skins, do the same just leave off any sour cream!
How do you reheat potato skins?
You can use the microwave to reheat 1-2 potato skins. Cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute on the reheat setting or on high until they are hot all the way through.
If you are reheating a larger batch, place on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake in the over at 325F for 10-15 minutes or until hot.
How do you cook frozen loaded potato skins?
If the skis are already filled, place on a foil-lined or nonstick baking sheet, cheese side up, and bake in the center of a 350F for 15 minutes. Once the potatoes are heated through and the cheese is melted, remove them from the oven.
Let them stand 2 minutes before serving. The cheese can be very hot!
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other potato appetizers to try
- loaded potato skin skillet dip
- taco tater tots
- southwest croquettes
- sweet potato poutine
- sweet potato souffle dip
- sweet potato patatas bravas
- 4 Russet potatoes (already baked)
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- 1/2 cup bacon, cooked crisp and chopped
- green onions or chives for garnish (optional)
- sour cream for garnish or dipping (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 425F.
- Cut baked potatoes in half, lengthwise.
- Scoop out the flesh, leaving 1/4 inch of potato
- Brush the skin side of the potatoes with olive oil.
- Place potatoes cut side down on a foil-lined baking sheet.
- Bake 15 minutes.
- Turn potatoes over, brush with olive oil.
- Bake an additional 5 minutes or until lightly browned and crispy.
- Fill each potato with cheese and bacon.
- Bake for another 5 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
- Remove from the oven and garnish with onions and sour cream.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 potato skin
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 1945mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 11g
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