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Homemade Potato Skins

Homemade Potato Skins

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I love potato skins. They are pretty close to the top of the list when I think about my favorite appetizers. When we go out to dinner, we order them from time to time. We used to buy some frozen potato skins to enjoy at home, especially during sporting events, especially BIG events like the Superbowl, World Series, etc. However, we’ve found that sometimes it’s challenging to get them completely cooked, and I HATE undercooked potatoes. To solve the problem, I just started making Homemade Potato Skins.

I bake the potatoes in the oven for about an hour, on the bottom rack, then check to see if they’re done. I can usually tell by giving them a light squeeze 🙂 I also like to cook my bacon in the oven, and that takes about 25 minutes. So, at the 35-minute mark, I slide the tray of bacon onto the top rack, and they get done about the same time. Dice the bacon, and it’s time to assemble the Homemade Potato Skins!

The important thing to remember is this is not a recipe that has to be followed exactly. You can use bacon bits. You can add other ingredients (pulled pork or guacamole, yum!) or leave off something you don’t want (I’m allergic to onions, so I leave one or two onion free for me!). Want more cheese, toss it on!

Yield: 10

Homemade Potato Skins

Homemade Potato Skins
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 10 slices cooked bacon diced
  • 5 large baking potatoes
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter 1/4 stick, melted
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 2 shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 sour cream
  • 2 large green onions diced

Instructions

Cook Bacon, then dice

Bake Potatoes: Pierce each potato several times with a fork or sharp knife. Place the potatoes directly on the bottom oven rack and bake until the skins are crisp and a knife easily pierces the potatoes, about an hour. Allow them to cool.

When potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut in half lengthwise; carefully scoop out pulp, leaving ¼-inch shells. (Sometimes I scoop more for thinner skins, scoop less for thicker skins)

Save potato pulp for another use (I use for mashed potatoes the next day).

In small bowl, mix oil, salt, garlic powder, paprika, parmesan cheese and pepper.

Brush mixture over skins.

Flip over and Brush the insides of the potatoes with the melted butter and season with salt and pepper

Heat oven to 450° F.

Line baking sheet with Aluminum Foil.

Spray aluminum foil with non-stick cooking spray.

Place potato skins, skin side up, on baking sheet.

Bake 10 minutes.

Turn potato skins over and fill with cheese and bacon.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Top with sour cream and green onions.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 277Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 372mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 9g

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Ray

Sunday 4th of February 2018

You may want to include the temperature at which the whole potatoes are baked.

MPaula Whelan

Friday 6th of October 2017

The first thing that struck me is how much potato was left in the skins. When the directions said 1/4", I was surprised. As you suggested, I will leave a bit more potato and maybe pile on the toppings a bit higher. Is it only me or do other people fold it in half lengthwise and eat it that way?

slehan

Thursday 16th of February 2017

These would be good anytime. I like them.

slehan at juno dot com

Renee Rousseau

Thursday 16th of February 2017

Great for snacks, meals, anytime! Great way to use up meat & veggie leftovers, they make great potato toppings.

Jerry Marquardt

Thursday 16th of February 2017

The Homemade Potato Skins recipe looks astounding. I cannot wait to taste your special recipe. I thank you so much for the directions on this delicious treat.

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