Potato Skins Recipe – I Heart Naptime

Say hello to the perfect party appetizer! This easy potato skins recipe tastes great thanks to melted cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon topped with a dollop of sour cream.

Potato skins with sour cream and green onions on top.

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Easy Potato Skins

These homemade potato skins are one of our favorite game day appetizers. They are super easy and flavorful and always the first to go. Other favorites are crockpot BBQ meatballs, 7-layer dip and pigs in a blanket.

We made this potato skins recipe for a recent get-together and they were so easy to throw together. And not to mention super delicious. Everyone loved them!

If I could eat potatoes for the rest of my life, I’d be in heaven. They are definitely one of my favorite foods! Loaded baked potatoes, twice baked potatoes, cheesy potatoes, creamy mashed potatoes… you name it. I’ve never met a potato I didn’t like. 😉

I left the bacon and green onions off of the kid’s potatoes and they gobbled them right up. The potato skins are so good! Definitely a must-try for your next get together (hello super bowl party)!

Why the Recipe Works

  • Simple to make. Aside from scooping out the potatoes, this recipe is as simple as turning on the oven and sprinkling a few toppings.
  • Just a few ingredients. It doesn’t require a lot to make something truly tasty.
  • Filling. These make the perfect appetizer for a hungry crowd, as they are hearty enough to satisfy any appetite.

Recipe Ingredients

Just a few simple ingredients are needed to create a hearty and satisfying appetizer for the super bowl and beyond.

Potato skins ingredients on the counter.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Russet potatoes: The star of the show, but you can also use Yukon if you prefer.
  • Olive oil: I use this to coat the potatoes before baking to ensure a really crispy skin.
  • Butter: I use melted and unsalted, but you can use salted if you like.
  • Salt & pepper: The classic seasoning to bring out all the other flavors. I also coat the outside of the potato with salt before baking.
  • Cheddar cheese: This gives the potato skins their melty goodness.
  • Bacon: Use cooked and crumbled bacon or bacon bits to add a nice texture and bit of salt.
  • Optional toppings: I love to add a dollop of sour cream and sliced ​​green onions to add a little extra flavor.

Variations:

  • Add garlic powder and onion powder to the melted butter before brushing on top.
  • Use a combination of cheddar and Monterey jack cheese.
  • Dip in ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing for a really amazing appetizer.
  • For more of a Mexican feel, replace bacon with taco seasoned ground beef and top with salsa and olives. Then dip in my favorite homemade salsa.
  • Make these pizza potato skins by adding cheese, pepperoni, Italian seasoning, and some marinara sauce for dipping.

How to Make Potato Skins

These potato skins are so easy to make and taste absolutely delicious.

Showing how to make potato skins in a 4 step collage.
  • Bake potatoes. Brush potatoes all over with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake until soft and tender. Let cool until easy to handle.
  • Scoop out the flesh. Cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the potato flesh, leaving about 1/4-inch of flesh on the skin. Brush with butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until crisp.
  • Add toppings and bake until bubbly. When the potatoes are done, top the cut side with cheese and bacon. Continue baking until the cheese is nice and bubbly.
  • Serve. Top with a little sour cream and green onions, if desired. Enjoy!
Holding a potato skin in hand.

Optional Toppings

Have fun playing with ways to top these potato skins to make them your own. The options are endless and you can take these from appetizer to main course.

  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Chives
  • Chili
  • Steamed broccoli
  • Sauteed mushrooms
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sliced ​​jalapenos
  • Crumbled sausage
  • Feta cheese
  • Olives
  • Sliced ​​red onions
  • Avocado or guacamole
  • Salsa or pico de gallo

Air Fryer Version

If you love the Air Fryer as much as I do, you’ll be pleased to know that you can make Air Fryer potato skins just as easily. Is there anything this trusty kitchen appliance can’t do?!

Potato Skins Bites

For a different take on this recipe, try making potato skins bites.

  • Slice the potatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Brush both sides and edges of the potatoes with olives and sprinkle with salt.
  • Bake 30 minutes, or until fork tender. Flip potatoes half way through cooking, to brown the other side.
  • Top with cheese and bacon and 3 to 5 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this potato skins recipe vegetarian?

Absolutely! Simply leave off or replace the bacon with a veggie or a plant-based protein.

Can I double this recipe for a big party?

Of course! This recipe works well for a large crowd and is easy to double. You can even bake the potatoes in advance to save time and then simply bake them with the topping as needed.

Are potato skins healthy?

The potato has fibre, potassium and antioxidants. If you use grass fat butter and organic ingredients, I would consider them healthy when eaten in moderation.

Storing

Although it may be tempting to have large leftovers, these are really best served warm and I wouldn’t really recommend keeping them after the first day.

Potato skins with sour cream and green onions.

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Potato Skins Recipe

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Potato skins recipe topped with cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon bits and taste great topped with a little sour cream! The perfect appetizer for any party!

Prep Time: 10 my s

Cook Time: 33 my s

Total Time: 43 my s

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  • Give potatoes a good scrub and dry completely with a paper towel.

  • Place on baking sheet, and brush all over with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt. Bake for 1 hour, or until soft and tender. Let cool until easy to handle.

  • Turn on to 450°F. Cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the flesh, leaving about 1/4-inch of flesh on the skin. Brush the tops and bottoms of the potato halves with butter. Sprinkle the inside with salt and pepper. Return to the baking sheet.

  • Bake 10 minutes. Flip and cook an additional 5 to 10 minutes, or until the edges are starting to crisp.

  • Sprinkle each potato half with cheese and bacon. Return to the oven for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

  • Top with a dollop of sour cream and sliced ​​green onions, if desired.

Variations:
  • Sprinkle in some garlic and onion powder with the melted butter before brushing on top.
  • Use a combination of cheddar and Monterey jack cheese.
  • They also taste great dipped in ranch dressing
  • For more of a Mexican feel, replace bacon with taco seasoned ground beef and top with salsa and olives
Baked potato bites: Slice the potatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Brush both sides and edges of the potatoes with olives and sprinkle with salt. Bake 30 minutes, or until fork tender. Flip potatoes half way through cooking, to brown the other side. Top with cheese and bacon and 3 to 5 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly. Air fryer: You can make Air Fryer potato skins just as easily. Storage: These are best served warm and I wouldn’t really recommend keeping them after the first day.

Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 5g | Dish: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 264mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

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