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These potato skins are a classic, suitable as a side dish or main course for any big dinner! This is one of those recipes that everyone should have on hand.

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potato skin recipe

Why go to a restaurant for potato skins when you can make them at home?

That’s what I’ve been thinking lately. I feel like every time I take my family or friends out to eat, I order potato skins for the table…and then we get stuffed and don’t finish eating much more. (You know the story!) To save money, I thought, I should make these at home! More economical!

And so this recipe was born! It’s simple yet customizable and results in a delicious meal (or side dish!) every time.

This is a simple, non-dramatic standard recipe, but that doesn’t mean it’s boring! Like I said, everyone should have it on hand! Grab your favorite ingredients and enjoy your meal!

Loaded Potato Skins: Ingredients and Equipment

To make these potato skins, you will need…

ingredients

  • russet potatoes – well, you can’t have potato skins without these! At the very least, it would be very difficult!! 😉 As always, make sure to get rid of the green parts of the potato, as they are toxic. (The rest of the potato should be fine though!)
  • Canola oil: After rubbing it on the potatoes, you will cook them.
  • butter, salt – When you have baked the potatoes and scooped out the insides, you will cook them with the addition of butter and salt.
  • cheddar cheese, bacon – the standard, traditional and very tasty toppings for potato skins. Make sure the cheese is grated and the bacon is cooked and crumbled!
  • green onions – thinly sliced. (Scallions are good too!) This is your other potato skin side dish, which you’ll add after everything is set and cooked.
  • Sour cream or ranch dressing: Your optional toppings, but on the other hand, have you ever heard of eating potato skins without at least one of these (or a dairy-free version)?

Equipment

  • baking sheet, cooking spray, for cooking potatoes of course!

Baked Potato Skins: Frequently Asked Questions

How many servings does this recipe make?

It will make 10 servings or 10 potato skins (since we are using 5 potatoes)!

What kind of potatoes are best for this recipe? Do you have to use rust?

I’d say smaller russet potatoes are better for potato skins in general, as they cook really well and have thicker skins. I’ve noticed that Yukon golds have a much thinner skin so when you take the insides out it’s likely to break everything!

What other ingredients are good in potato skins?

Try one of these: – Fried onions instead of green onions – Any type of cheese you like (blue cheese is really good!) – Jalapeno peppers and/or hot sauce if you like a kick – Broccoli (especially paired with cheese…) – Buffalo sauce – Chicken (combined with buffalo sauce on top? Perfect!) or ham

Anything you can think of that goes well with potatoes is a winner here. 😉

Does the grated cheese have to be fresh?

Preferably! Things in bags from the store often don’t dissolve well because of all the preservatives. However, if that’s all you have or it’s quicker for you, it won’t alter the flavor or anything!

What should I do with the hollowed out potato?

Do not throw it away! It is a perfectly good potato, after all. I like to make mashed potatoes with all the extras. Or I just add a bit of butter, salt, pepper, and sour cream, and eat it like this: a skinless baked potato!

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potato skins

Product:
10 servings

Preparation time:
10 minutes

Time to cook:
1 hour

Total Time:
10 minutes

These potato skins are a classic, suitable as a side dish or main course for any big dinner! This is one of those recipes that everyone should have on hand.

ingredients

  • 5 medium russet potatoes, washed

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter

  • salt to taste

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • 6-8 slices of bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled

  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

  • sour cream or ranch dressing, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Pierce each potato 5-6 times with a fork. Rub the potatoes with the oil. Arrange on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Cook for 45 minutes.
  2. Cut each potato in half lengthwise when the potatoes are cool enough to handle. Empty the inside leaving a little potato as a shell. Brush both sides of the potatoes with the melted butter. Arrange on the baking sheet with the cut side up and sprinkle with the desired amount of salt. Return to the oven and cook for another 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and sprinkle evenly with cheese and bacon. Return to oven for 3-4 minutes, or until cheese is melted and fluffy.
  4. Remove from oven and sprinkle with green onion. Serve with sour cream or ranch dressing!

grades

Looking for ways to spice up your potato skins even more? Try one of these:

  • Fried onions instead of green onions
  • Any kind of cheese you like (blue cheese is great!)
  • Jalapeno peppers and/or hot sauce if you like a kick
  • Broccoli (especially paired with cheese…)
  • buffalo sauce
  • Chicken (combined with the buffalo sauce on top? Perfection!) or ham

Anything you can think of that goes well with potatoes is a winner here. 😉

Nutritional information:

Yield: 10 Servings: 1 potato peel

Amount per proportion:

Calories: 223 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 5g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 28mg Sodium: 346mg Carbohydrates: 20g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 1g Protein: 8g

Please note that the nutritional information on this page is an estimate based on the products I have used. Ingredients and nutritional information can vary significantly between brands. Always make sure to read the labels. Check that a recipe meets your needs before using it. Nutritional information may contain errors, so please check independently. Similarly, recipes can contain errors, so use your common sense when following them.

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