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These Crispy Baked Potato Skins are the perfect party appetizer. Heartier than a simple potato chip, yet still perfect for dipping!
Are you as excited as I am about the Big Game? Fun fact: The day of the Big Game is typically my website’s biggest day of the year, as everyone is looking for a last minute party appetizer to serve their friends because let’s be honest, chips are boring. Sure, everyone likes chips and dip, but why not add some excitement to mundane snacks?
In the past, I have written about Loaded Baked Potato Skins, but when serving a crowd it can be a little tedious preparing each individual appetizer. Instead, crisping up some baked potato skins and serving them with your favorite Dean’s Dip is a no-brainer!
I actually got this idea from my mother. She baked potatoes a lot for us as a kid, and our favorite part was always eating the crispy potato skin by itself with a pad of melting butter. I figured, instead of using butter, why not dip them in Dean’s Cheddar Bacon Dip? Everything tastes better with bacon!
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How to Bake Potatoes
To make these Crispy Baked Potato Skins, you are going to need baked potatoes. There are a million ways to bake potatoes but one of my favorite methods is to rub the potato with oil and bake it at 425 degrees until easily pierced with a fork. Baking time will vary depending on how large of a potato you are baking.
Which Potato for Potato Skins
You will want to use Russet Potatoes when making crispy potato skins. Yukon Gold and Red Potatoes don’t crisp well. Additionally, I recommend buying the baking potatoes in a 5-pound bag. These are typically smaller russets, making them the perfect size for dipping. If you choose to purchase larger potatoes, simply cut the skins down to your preferred size.
What to do with the Potato Flesh?
Since this party appetizer only uses the skins, you are going to have potato flesh left over. Here are a few great recipes you can use to incorporate the flesh.
As an extra bonus: Be sure to stay tuned later this week and I will show you how to make French Onion Mashed Potatoes with Dean’s Dip!
Crispy Baked Potato Skins
- 2 pounds russet potatoes (baked)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- table salt
- Your favorite Dean's Dip
- Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
- Slice the baked potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out flesh when cool enough to handle.
- Lightly brush both sides of potato skins with oil and sprinkle with salt to taste.
- Place on wired baking rack, skin side up and bake for 12-14 minutes, or until crispy.
- Let cool slightly and serve with dip.
I found Dean’s Cheddar Bacon Dip at my local Walmart.
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