Baked Potato Skins

Baked Potato Skins are a classic appetizer made from hollowed out potato filled with cheese, bacon, and sour cream.

Baked Potato Skins

Baked Potato Skins

by Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

It’s Thursday and for Green Bay Packer fans everywhere, Sunday won’t have any football for us since the game is being played tonight at Lambeau Field in Green Bay with the Minnesota Vikings being the guest who will be leaving quite disappointed, minus a victory.

This is a classic appetizer for serving your guests when watching football and other sports. And tonight, I imagine a lot of people will be having these little gems to nosh on. And if you would like to as well, there is plenty of time to plan and get this recipe together, especially since many ingredients are pantry staples.

They are quite simple to make and perfect for using up leftover baked potatoes from another dinner. However, that being said, when I plan to make these, I generally choose longer flatter Russet potatoes to bake, so they will be larger and have less potato to remove. But if you only have fat rounded potatoes, don’t worry, Just slice your baked potato lengthwise into three sections and discard the center. Extra potato can always be made into a small potato salad or used as part of hash browns at breakfast.

Skins ready to bake

Baked Potato Skins

Baked Potato Skins

Baked Potato Skins

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Total Time 2 hours
Course Appetizer, appetizers
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • 3 medium russet potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter (melted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (you can adjust this if you like or add more salt later)
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 slices bacon (cooked crisp and crumbled)
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • snipped fresh chives


  • Choose flat oblong russet potatoes for best results.
  • Scrub potatoes and wrap in foil; bake at 375F for 75-90 minutes or until tender when pierced with fork. Refrigerate until chilled.
  • Cut potatoes in half lengthwise; use a knife to score the potato inside the cut half and scoop out extra potato (this makes it easier to scoop out without cracking them) and set extra potato aside.
  • Mix melted butter with paprika, garlic, and salt.
  • Place potatoes skin sides up on a baking sheet or toaster oven tray and brush with the melted butter.
  • Bake until potatoes are hot and the skin begins to crisp.
  • Flip potatoes over and brush the potato sides and bake those until golden.
  • Sprinkle cheese into the potato cavities and top with bacon crumbles. Bake those until the cheese melts.
  • Dot skins with sour cream, snipped chives and additional salt if you like. Some people like more, some less- you choose.


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Baked Potato Skins

Baked Potato Skins

Baked Potato Skins

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