These oven-baked loaded potato skins are loaded with bacon, cheese, chives, and sour cream. It strikes the perfect balance of crisp and creaminess. Thus, making this potato recipe the best party appetizer ever! They will be a total hit among your guests, especially when served alongside crunchy fried chicken wings and a glass of mimosa.
Tips for Making Loaded Potato Skins
You can serve a plate of these crispy loaded potatoes when your favorite sports are on TV. And of course, this recipe should also be on the menu whenever you host a backyard tailgate. Check out these simple tips to make the best homemade potato skins that’ll impress your guests right off the bat:
- It’s best to use the small Russet potatoes. Russet potatoes are starchy and dry and will turn out crispier when cooked. Of course, you will want smaller spuds as they make for the best bite-size snacks!
- For extra crispy potato skins, don’t skip the coating! You can coat the skins with a butter mixture. Or just rub them with oil and kosher salt.
- For the best eating experience, loaded potato skins are best served warm and fresh out of the oven. If not served immediately, you can reheat the potato skins at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes when ready to eat.
- Don’t discard the potato flesh you just scooped out. You can still use the insides should you want to whip up mashed potatoes or tater tots.
- Try seasoning the sour cream! Whether you use it as a topping or a side dip, flavor it with herbs and garlic.
How To Make Potato Skins
This loaded potato skins recipe is incredibly effortless and fun to whip up at home. Here’s how to make it:
- Start by baking the potatoes.
- While you’re at it, cook the bacon and prepare the other ingredients.
- Once baked, slice the spuds in half and scoop out the insides.
- To make these crispy starters even more delicious, coat them with a mixture of butter, parsley, seasoned salt, and garlic powder.
- Fill the potato jackets with your desired toppings, then pop them in the oven. Bake them until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Top your cheesy potato skins with chives and serve with sour cream.
When baked to a satisfying perfection, these homemade potato skins make perfect appetizers!
Recipe and Topping Variations to Try
The classic potato skins recipe doesn’t disappoint. But feel free to experiment with various baked potato toppings. Here are some recipe and topping variations that’ll excite your taste buds even more:
- Chili’s Potato Skins – They’re stuffed with bacon, cheese, scallion, and mayonnaise.
- Taco Potato Skins – Top these potato appetizers with cheese, Pico de Gallo, taco seasoned ground beef, and sour cream.
- Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins – Stuff your potato jackets with shredded buffalo chicken coated in a smoky and spicy sauce!
- Breakfast Potato Skins – Perfect for a morning meal, these potato boats are filled with eggs, onion, cheese, ham, and peppers
- Mexican Variation – Simply replace bacon with Mexican chorizo sausage. And feel free to toss in black beans, too!
- Hawaiian Variation – Stuff your potato boats with bacon, mozzarella, smoked ham cubes, and pineapple tidbits.
- Jalapeno Popper – Try a combination of crispy bacon, cheese, and jalapeno rings.
- Cheesesteak – Skip the bacon and use diced cooked steak and bell peppers.
- Vegetarian – Replace the bacon slices with black beans, corn, or tempeh and use vegan sour cream.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of eating potato skin?
Potato skins are healthier than you think. It is believed that the skin of the potato has 12 times as many antioxidants as the flesh. They’re also an excellent source of vitamin C, iron, calcium, and potassium. As such, they can help lower your blood pressure and reduce risk of stroke.
How To Make Crispy Oven Baked Potato Skins
Enjoy these stuffed potato skins coated with garlic butter and loaded with cheese, bacon, and green onions. Perfect for game-days and tailgate parties!
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
- Combine the butter, parsley, seasoned salt, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Cut the baked potatoes in half lengthwise. Using a small spoon, scoop out the flesh, leaving a ¼-inch shell.
- Brush both the inside and outside of the potatoes with the butter mixture.
- Place potatoes cut side down in a baking dish.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Flip potatoes over and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until it’s slightly browned and crisp.
- Fill each potato with cheese and bacon.
- Return to the oven for another 5 to 7 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Remove from the oven.
- Top with chives and serve with sour cream. Enjoy!
- Calories: 293.57kcal
- Fat: 17.17g
- Saturated Fat: 8.66g
- Trans Fat: 0.43g
- Monounsaturated Fat: 5.38g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.46g
- Carbohydrates: 25.37g
- Fiber: 3.16g
- Sugar: 1.34g
- Protein: 10.08g
- Cholesterol: 42.19mg
- Sodium: 343.75mg
- Calcium: 168.59mg
- Potassium: 648.08mg
- Iron: 1.23mg
- Vitamin A: 94.45µg
- Vitamin C: 28.63mg
ConclusionCrispy potato skins are the best party appetizer! Top them with cheese, bacon, chives, and any of your preferred toppings. Bake them until crispy, then serve with sour cream on the side for a little extra flavor.
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