Baked Potato Skins – 2 Delicious Ways

Baked Potato Skins are one of the favorite appetizers for our family. If they’re on the menu, my guys are ordering them. Try a classic version or our pizza-stuffed skins for a tasty treat!

Classic Baked Potato Skins with bacon, cheese, green onions, and sour cream

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Potatoes are an extremely versatile ingredient that creates an endless number of dishes – including appetizers. When you find these on a restaurant menu, they are often deep-fried. Baking the skins is always my go-to. I prefer a crispy exterior with soft, fluffy stuffing.

For this recipe, I always prefer to hand-pick large Russet potatoes. You can use smaller potatoes if you want snack size, too. When scooping out the center of your cut, baked potatoes, I like to leave a thin edge so they are still firm enough to hold their shape. After all, they are finger foods!

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Classic Baked Potato Skins Ingredients:

  • Large baking potatoes
  • Olive oil or bacon grease
  • Sharp cheddar cheese
  • Thick-cut bacon
  • Sour cream
  • Large green onions
  • Fresh parsley leaves

How to Make Classic Baked Potato Skins:

Position the top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 425°F.

Place the potatoes in the pre-heated oven and bake until cooked through, approximately 50 minutes. Remove potatoes from oven and transfer to a baking rack to cool for 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle.

Once cool, cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and carefully scoop out the soft interior with a spoon, leaving a one-quarter inch margin around the skins. (Save the cooked potato filling for another recipe).

Place the potato skins cut side down on a baking rack set over a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil or bacon grease (see note above) and place back in the hot oven for 10 minutes.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip over the skins with tongs. Fill each skin with an equal amount of cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon and place back in the oven for another 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Remove from oven and top each potato skin with a dollop of sour cream, some sliced green onion, and a little fresh parsley before serving. Enjoy!

Classic Baked Potato Skins with bacon, cheese, green onions, and sour cream
Pizza-Stuffed Baked Potato Skins

Pizza-Stuffed Baked Potato Skins Ingredients:

  • Large baking potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Tomato sauce
  • Italian seasoning
  • Garlic powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • Mozzarella
  • Pepperoni
  • Fresh basil
  • Basil leaves

How to Make Pizza-Stuffed Baked Potato Skins:

Position the top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 425°F.

Place the potatoes in the pre-heated oven and bake until cooked through, approximately 50 minutes. Remove potatoes from oven and transfer to a baking rack to cool for 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle.

While the potatoes are cooling, combine the tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder in a medium bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Set aside.

Once cool, cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and carefully scoop out the soft interior with a spoon, leaving a one-quarter inch margin around the skins. (Save the cooked potato filling for another recipe).

Place the potato skins cut side down on a baking rack set over a baking sheet. Brush the skins with olive oil and return to the hot oven for 10 minutes.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip over the skins with tongs. Divide the seasoned tomato sauce evenly between the skins and spread into a thin layer with the back of a spoon.

Fill each skin with an equal amount of Mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and fresh basil. Place back in the oven for another 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Remove from oven and cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Pizza-Stuffed Baked Potato Skins
Baked Potato Skins

Baked Potato Skins

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Baked Potato Skins are one of the favorite appetizers for our family. If they're on the menu, my guys are ordering them. Try a classic version or our pizza-stuffed skins for a tasty treat!

Ingredients

Classic Potato Skins:

  • 6 large baking potatoes, cleaned and pierced several times with a fork
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil or bacon grease 
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 strips thick-cut bacon, cooked crispy and crumbled*
  • ½ cup sour cream 
  • 2 large green onions, sliced, green parts only
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped

Pizza-Stuffed Potato Skins:

  • 6 large baking potatoes, cleaned and pierced several times with a fork
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 Tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz. pepperoni, cut into half rounds and/or chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh basil, julienned (cut into thin strips)

Instructions

Classic Potato Skins:

Position the top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 425°F.

Place the potatoes in the pre-heated oven and bake until cooked through, approximately 50 minutes. Remove potatoes from oven and transfer to a baking rack to cool for 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle.

Once cool, cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and carefully scoop out the soft interior with a spoon, leaving a one-quarter inch margin around the skins. (Save the cooked potato filling for another recipe).

Place the potato skins cut side down on a baking rack set over a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil or bacon grease (see note above) and place back in the hot oven for 10 minutes.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip over the skins with tongs. Fill each skin with an equal amount of cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon and place back in the oven for another 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Remove from oven and top each potato skin with a dollop of sour cream, some sliced green onion, and a little fresh parsley before serving. Enjoy!

Pizza-Stuffed Skins:

Position the top oven rack in the center position and pre-heat oven to 425°F.

Place the potatoes in the pre-heated oven and bake until cooked through, approximately 50 minutes. Remove potatoes from oven and transfer to a baking rack to cool for 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle.

While the potatoes are cooling, combine the tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder in a medium bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Set aside.

Once cool, cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and carefully scoop out the soft interior with a spoon, leaving a one-quarter inch margin around the skins. (Save the cooked potato filling for another recipe).

Place the potato skins cut side down on a baking rack set over a baking sheet. Brush the skins with olive oil and return to the hot oven for 10 minutes.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip over the skins with tongs. Divide the seasoned tomato sauce evenly between the skins and spread into a thin layer with the back of a spoon.

Fill each skin with an equal amount of Mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, and fresh basil. Place back in the oven for another 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Remove from oven and cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

*If using the bacon grease to season the skins, cook the bacon in a
skillet while the potatoes are baking. Reserve the grease for Step #5 below.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 647Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 778mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 7gSugar: 5gProtein: 26g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 8/8/2021

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Baked Potato Skins are one of the favorite appetizers for our family. If they're on the menu, my guys are ordering them. Try a classic version or our pizza-stuffed skins for a tasty treat!

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