Loaded Baked Potato Skins are the ultimate party appetizer. Your guests won't be able to get enough of these crisp salted potato skins loaded with melted cheese, crumbled bacon, and plenty of sour cream!
You know how you always come up with the best comebacks at night, lying in bed, well after the conversation actually took place? Well, this loaded baked potato skins recipe is like that. The Super Bowl is my website's biggest traffic day of the year because everyone is searching for recipes for their game day parties. However, it wasn't until the day after the Super Bowl that I came up with the idea to publish this recipe.
Oh well, never too early to get ready for next year! Or, I guess if I have any readers who are swingers, you can make these for your Valentines Day party.
Did this just get weird?
Loaded Baked Potato Skins are a fantastic party appetizer to make at home because you don't need a deep fryer for optimal results. Simply coating the potatoes in oil and salt prior to baking will yield delectably crisp skins! You can even get creative with the toppings. There is no rule that says you need to use bacon, sour cream, and green onions. This appetizer is great to customize to your own tastes!
Oh, and these will go quickly, so you may want to make extra.
Loaded Baked Potato Skins
- 6 medium russet potatoes
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 6 slices bacon
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 4 tbsp butter, melted
- 2 tbsp green onions, chopped
- 8 oz sour cream
- Pre heat oven to 400 degrees
- Coat potatoes with vegetable oil, dust exterior with salt, and pierce skin multiple times with a fork to allow steam to escape during cooking.
- Place potatoes in oven and let bake for 50 minutes, or until fully cooked and skins have crisped. Remove from oven and let rest till cool enough to handle.
- While potatoes bake cook bacon in a skillet until crisp, drain from fat and chop into bits.
- Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out flesh, leaving only enough to allow the potato skin to hold its shape.
- Brush interior of potato skins with melted butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Turn broiler on high and place the potato skins under the broiler till flesh and edges begin to crisp. 3-5 minutes, rotating as needed to prevent burning.
- Remove from oven and top each with ~2 tbsp cheese and ~1 tbsp bacon. Place back under the broiler until cheese has melted. 2-5 minutes, rotating as needed to prevent burning.
- Top each potato skin with a dollop of sour cream and sprinkle of green onions.
- Serve immediately
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