Loaded Potato Skins

Could an appetizer get any better?  Seriously, crispy potato skins, smothered in bacon and cheese, topped with sour cream and green onions = so good!  These babies aren’t healthy but they sure are delicious. Perfect for a super bowl party – actually, they are perfect for ANY party!  Make these tasty loaded potato skins and you won’t believe how fast they get devoured.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Wash the potatoes well then poke holes in them with a fork.  Bake in the oven for 1 hour or until they are cooked through and tender.  Let the potatoes cool then slice them down the center, lengthwise.  Carefully scoop out the center of the potato, leaving a 1/4 inch of potato left on each skin.  Using a basting brush, brush oil over both sides of each potato skin then season both sides with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Place the potato skins on a roasting tray in a roasting pan.  Cook for 10 minutes then flip the skins over and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

While the skins are cooking, cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through and crispy.  Drain the bacon on paper towels then chop up into crumbles.  Grate some cheddar cheese, and slice the green onions.  Evenly place some cheese and bacon into each cooked potato skin.

Place the potato skins back into the oven and bake for an additional 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Dollop each skin with sour cream and top with green onion slices.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy!

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Loaded Potato Skins

Yield: 12

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour and 35 minutes

Ingredients:

6 russet potatoes, cleaned
2-3 tbsp canola oil
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
6 slices of lean bacon, cooked & crumbled
1 cup of cheddar cheese, grated
12 dollops of sour cream
3 green onions, sliced

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Wash the potatoes well then poke holes in them with a fork. Bake in the oven for 1 hour or until they are cooked through and tender. Let the potatoes cool then slice them down the center, lengthwise, then carefully scoop out the center of the potato, leaving a 1/4 inch of potato on the skin. Using a basting brush, brush olive oil over both sides of each potato skin then season both sides with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

Place the potato skins on a roasting tray in a roasting pan. Cook for 10 minutes then flip the skins over and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

While the skins are cooking, cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through and crispy. Drain the bacon on paper towels then chop up into crumbles. Grate some cheddar cheese, and slice the green onions.

Place some cheese and bacon into each cooked potato skin then put them back into the oven to bake for an additional 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Dollop each skin with sour cream and top with green onion slices. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

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33 Responses to “Loaded Potato Skins”

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    Adele — February 1, 2012 @ 5:03 am

    Awesome! If you’re going to indulge this weekend, I think THESE are what you want to indulge in!

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    jackie @ marin mama cooks — February 1, 2012 @ 5:19 am

    These bring me back to college. There is nothing better than a crispy and cheesey potato skin.

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    Lisa — February 1, 2012 @ 5:31 am

    These are my favorite! I deep fry my skins after scooping them out….just to make them a little naughtier, but sooo good and crunchy that way. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    Mary — February 1, 2012 @ 5:39 am

    I adore potato skins. Yours look delicious!

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    cigdem — February 1, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    This is really delicious; it is what we call ‘KUMPIR’ here in Turkey….
    cheers!

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    Diane — February 1, 2012 @ 10:11 am

    Mmmmm my moth is watering. Delicious. Diane

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    Jenn's Food Journey — February 1, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    Healthy, schmealthy… sometimes you need to forget about the caloric intake and just savor the moment…. this would be one of those times :)

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    Blond Duck — February 1, 2012 @ 12:53 pm

    These would be so good with chili!

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    Kim in MD — February 1, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    YUM! These are a family favorite, and I like to serve them as appetizers. In fact, I am serving them at my Superbowl party! Not very healthy, but oh so delicious!

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    Lyndsey@TheTinySkillet — February 1, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    You are right…what could be better? :) Yum, and yours look perfect!

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    Loveforfood — February 1, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    I’m drooling over my keyboard right now just looking at these

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    Jenni — February 1, 2012 @ 3:35 pm

    Oh, I love love love love loaded potato skins!! Thanks for this awesome recipe, these look amazing!

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    Carol @There's Always Thyme to Cook — February 1, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    Your skins look amazing. I’d love to dig in and have one of those loaded potatoes!

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    vinay — February 1, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    Looks nice, i try to make something.

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    teresa — February 2, 2012 @ 12:24 am

    yes! love these! baked potato skins are the best!

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    Joanne — February 2, 2012 @ 1:11 am

    Does anyone REALLY want to be the lame healthy one on game day? I have my doubts. :P These sound awesome!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — February 2, 2012 @ 1:25 am

    Wow, I could go for one of these baked potato skins right now. They look delicious!

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    Chung-Ah Rhee — February 2, 2012 @ 3:20 am

    These look so simple yet so delicious. I haven’t made potato skins before (I used to order them at places like BJs and pay way too much for them) but now I can make them at home. The boyfriend is going to love these so much!

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    Maria — February 2, 2012 @ 3:24 am

    Perfect for game day!

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    Lynda — February 2, 2012 @ 5:07 am

    Yes, they’re perfect anytime. I love potato skins, Pam. Yours look especially delicious.

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    Jersey Girl Cooks — February 2, 2012 @ 4:10 pm

    These look so good! Perfect for football watching too.

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    Beth — February 3, 2012 @ 2:07 am

    When I saw the title of this post, I immediately thought it would be great for a Super Bowl party! Hopefully I’ll get to enjoy them sometime soon.

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    Hazel from Chicken in a Cherry Sauce — February 3, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

    Really so good. Not so healthy, but so good!

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    Chris — February 4, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

    I’ve loving your tailgate food theme this week and these potato skins are making me hungry, Pam. I haven’t made them in a while…maybe tonight!

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    grace — February 6, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    all the ingredients rock, obviously, but i was surprised by how essential the green onions are–delicious!

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    Cooking Lady — February 6, 2012 @ 5:03 pm

    I just love potato skins and I’m glad you mention the green onions, they give it that pop.

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    Jessica@LovesAvocado — February 7, 2012 @ 1:11 am

    These look awesome! I can’t wait to make them. Thanks for sharing :)

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    Noah Berkowitz — February 7, 2012 @ 1:12 am

    You have suggested a super recipe wherein I will spend a small amount to cook the recipe.

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    Honey For Jam — February 12, 2012 @ 10:13 pm

    These look amazing!! Loaded potato skins, yum!

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    Adriana franco — May 2, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

    I loved your blog! You can make magic with potatos!

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    Shaimaa — March 8, 2013 @ 4:10 am

    I love your blog. :)

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