Appetizer

Classic Baked Potato Skins

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The classic version of baked potato skins recipe, made with perfectly baked potato loaded with cheddar cheese and bacon, finished with sour cream and green onions. These delicious potato skins would be your favorite appetizer. As written, this recipe yields 12 baked potato skins, but it can be doubled or tripled to serve a larger crowd if desired.

Ingredients for this Recipe :

  • 6 large baking potatoes, cleaned and pierced several times with a fork
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or bacon grease (optional, see the note below)
  • 2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 strips thick-cut bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 large green onions, sliced, green parts only
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped

Notes :

  • For a great boost of flavor and crispier results, brush the outside and rim of each potato skin with a little bacon grease right before placing back in the oven. Use olive oil for a healthier alternative or feel free to skip this step completely.
  • If using the bacon grease to season the skins, cook the bacon in a skillet while the potatoes are baking. Reserve the grease for Step #5 below.

How to Make Baked Potato Skins :

Step One:

Position the top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat the oven to 425°F.

Step Two:

Place the potatoes in the preheated oven and bake until cooked through approximately 50 minutes. Remove potatoes from the oven and transfer to a baking rack to cool for 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle.

Step Three:

Once cool, cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and carefully scoop out the soft interior with a spoon, leaving a one-quarter inch margin around the skins. (Save the cooked potato filling for another recipe).

Step Four:

Place the potato skins cut side down on a baking rack set over a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil or bacon grease (see the note above) and place back in the hot oven for 10 minutes.

potato skin recipe - step 4

Step Five:

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip over the skins with tongs. Fill each skin with an equal amount of cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon and place back in the oven for another 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

potato skin recipe - step 5

Step Six:

Remove from oven and top each baked potato skin with a dollop of sour cream, some sliced green onion, and a little fresh parsley before serving. Enjoy!

Classic Baked Potato Skins

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Classic Baked Potato Skins

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Appetizer American
Serves: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 1 hour 20 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

The classic version of baked potato skins recipe, perfectly crispy and super delicious appetizer which suit any occasion.

Ingredients

  • 6 large baking potatoes, cleaned and pierced several times with a fork
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or bacon grease (optional, see the note below)
  • 2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 strips thick-cut bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 large green onions, sliced, green parts only
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped

Instructions

1

Position the top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat the oven to 425°F.

2

Place the potatoes in the preheated oven and bake until cooked through, approximately 50 minutes. Remove potatoes from the oven and transfer to a baking rack to cool for 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle.

3

Once cool, cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and carefully scoop out the soft interior with a spoon, leaving a one-quarter inch margin around the skins. (Save the cooked potato filling for another recipe).

4

Place the potato skins cut side down on a baking rack set over a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil or bacon grease (see note above) and place back in the hot oven for 10 minutes.

5

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip over the skins with tongs. Fill each skin with an equal amount of cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon and place back in the oven for another 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

6

Remove from oven and top each potato skin with a dollop of sour cream, some sliced green onion, and a little fresh parsley before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

If using the bacon grease to season the skins, cook the bacon in a skillet while the potatoes are baking. Reserve the grease for Step #5 Above. For a great boost of flavor and crispier results, brush the outside and rim of each potato skin with a little bacon grease right before placing back in the oven. Use olive oil for a healthier alternative or feel free to skip this step completely.

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