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This quick Potato Skins recipe is perfect for a party appetizer or a game day snack! Made easily in minutes, these tasty bundles of cheesy potatoes can be ready in about 15 minutes.

Potato skins are always a hit and are economical to make. We love to tack them with bacon, cheese, and sour cream, but you can change up the toppings to whatever you desire!


How to make potato skins

Hi Friends! I hope you had a wonderful holiday! Ours was filled with friends, family, games, Christmas movies and lots and lots of baked treats. Now that we are moving on to a new month, we are prepping for game day! There is nothing like getting together with family and friends around the television to enjoy a good game!

Today’s recipe is an easy one when you are looking for a tasty appetizer to put together quickly. I love simple recipes like this, because not only can I use ingredients I already have on hand it is also a relatively inexpensive appetizer idea. I also love the way all the flavors come together in a cheesy snack in just minutes too. 

Homemade potato skins

I have been enjoying potato skins for years and honestly used to see them more at restaurants than I do now. The good news is that they are super easy to make at home. 

Today’s recipe is a wonderful hot and cheesy appetizer is a wonderful way to enjoy pototoes any time of year and you can change up the toppings too! 

Ingredients for Potato Skins

Potatoes – of course, they are the star of this show. I recommend using russet potatoes to make potato skins as they make for more crispy potato skins. Make sure the potatoes are brown and firm.

Cheese – I like to use cheddar, but you can use Monterey Jack, Mozerella or pepper jack cheese for a fun and tasty change up.

Butter – I always use real butter. Butter really complements potatoes – always. 

Bacon– I’m a fan of anything with bacon and honestly these really elevate the potato skins. You can also top these with turkey bacon, pepperoni bits or ground beef.

Sour Cream – I clove the cool creaminess of sour cream on a potato skin but you can also top with plsin yogurt as asubtitute.

How to  make  Potato Skins

The first step is to wash the potatoes. Use a vegetable brush to scrub them clean.

Pat clean potatoes dry with a paper towel.

Russet potatoes

Once potatoes are baked, let cool and then cut in half. Hollow out the potatoes.

Baked potatoes

Fill up the little potato bowls with butter and cheese.

How to make potato skins

Then just bake and top with bacon, sour cream and salt and pepper.

Potato Skins

For more great game day recipes ideas

Baked Potato Skins Recipe


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Baked Potato Skins

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 125kcal
Cost $2


  • 4 medium russet potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 strips bacon
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • salt
  • pepper


  • Wash potatoes and pat dry. Prick each potato with a fork several times to allow steam to escape while baking. Place on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake potatoes in a 400• oven for one hour.
  • Let cool a bit and cut potatoes in half and scoop out the inside of the potato, leaving about half an inch around the skin. You can use the inside of the potato for mashed potatoes.
  • Place back on a baking sheet and turn up the oven to 450•
  • Sprinkle potatoes with salt and pepper.
  • Add 1/2 tablespoon of butter to each potato skin.
  • Top with shredded cheese and return to oven for 6-8 minutes until cheese is melted.
  • Top with cooked bacon bits and sour cream.
  • Serve warm.


Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 102IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg

timesaving tips to streamline recipes

  • You can pre-bake the potatoes in the microwave. Microwave potatoes (after pricking with a fork)  in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate on high for 5 minutes. Turn potatoes over and microwave an additional five minutes or until soft.
  • While you can make the potato skins in the microwave, I recommend doing the second baking in the over for more crispy potato skins.

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crispy potato skins

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Mari Alonso

Monday 30th of December 2019

Hi. These look delish. I cannot wait to try them this Wednesday! Great timing. What I like best, so far, is how easy you make it look.


Monday 30th of December 2019

The. Best. And thank you for NOT including scallions. Ick. We are planning our menu for tomorrow night and haven't shopped yet so there's time for this. A family favorite app!