Loaded Baked Potato Skins

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These Baked & Loaded Potato Skins are the perfect appetizer for football season.

The secret to easy homemade potato skins? Brushing them with a bit of oil and baking them - and then loading them with cheese and bacon

Football isn’t a huge thing where I live – but my family is a football family.

My grandfather was a coach, my dad played until he joined the military, and I even played until 9th grade when it became glaringly obvious that while I stopped growing in 5th grade, everyone else didn’t!

I grew up with a statue of Joe Namath in my home the way that other Irish-Italian families have statues of saints – so yea, watching football together as a family is an honored tradition.

One of the best things about getting together to watch the game is the food! Game day food is always indulgent and delicious – and my personal favorite are Potato Skins.

I bake mine rather than deep fry so that I can load them up with all of the cheese, bacon and sour cream I want. It’s all about balance, amirite?

By brushing the baked potatoes with a bit of oil, you still get that crunchiness of deep-fried restaurant potato skins. You can swap out the toppings based on your personal preferences or dietary needs – but I just go for the classic combo of bacon and cheese.

A delicious and easy recipe for baked and loaded potato skins - classic pub fare you can make at home and a bit healthier than fried potato skins

Ingredients for Baked Potato Skins

  • 5 russet potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1/4-1/2 cup vegetable or olive oil
  • 3 strips bacon
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream, optional garnish
  • Salsa, optional garnish
  • Chives or green onions, optional garnish

Tip: swap out the cheese, bacon and toppings for your desired toppings. Each potato makes 2 potato skins – increase the recipe as needed for your crowd.

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How to Make Baked & Loaded Potato Skins

Cut potatoes in half and skewer with a fork to create several holes in the white flesh (not the skin).

How to make easy homemade potato skins

Place on a wet napkin draped over a microwave-safe plate and heat for 12-14 minutes.

Let stand until cool to the touch.

Meanwhile, cook your bacon strips and set aside.

Preheat oven to 475F

Place 1/4 cup of oil in a oven-safe casserole dish.

Scoop the white flesh out of the potatoes – this can be discarded or saved for another use.

Season the potatoes and then place cut-side down in the casserole dish.

How to make

Bake the potatoes for 8 minutes, then remove from oven. Flip and fill with cheese and bacon.

Bake until cheese is completely melted, approximately 8 minutes.

Crispy baked homemade potato skins with cheese and bacon

Garnish or top as desired and serve. Makes 10.

 

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Yield: 10

Loaded Potato Skins

Loaded Potato Skins

These Baked & Loaded Potato Skins are the perfect appetizer for football season. A healthier version of an indulgent pub classic you can make at home

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 russet potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1/4-1/2 cup vegetable or olive oil
  • 3 strips bacon
  • Salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream, optional garnish
  • Salsa, optional garnish
  • Chives or green onions, optional garnish

Instructions

  1. Cut potatoes in half and skewer with a fork to create several holes in the white flesh (not the skin).
  2. Place on a wet napkin draped over a microwave-safe plate and heat for 12-14 minutes.
  3. Let stand until cool to the touch.
  4. Meanwhile, cook your bacon strips and set aside.
  5. Preheat oven to 475F
  6. Place 1/4 cup of oil in a oven-safe casserole dish.
  7. Scoop the white flesh out of the potatoes - this can be discarded or saved for another use.
  8. Season the potatoes and then place cut-side down in the casserole dish.
  9. Bake the potatoes for 8 minutes, then remove from oven. Flip and fill with cheese and bacon.
  10. Bake until cheese is completely melted, approximately 8 minutes.
  11. Garnish or top as desired and serve. Makes 10.

Notes

Swap out the cheese, bacon and toppings for your desired toppings.

Each potato makes 2 potato skins - increase the recipe as needed for your crowd.

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