Potato Skins

Potato Skins


For my next football snack I was thinking that potato skins would be nice. I have had potato skins a few times before and I had enjoyed them and now I wanted to try making them myself. Potato skins are the skins of potatoes where the middles have been scooped out that are baked with a filling. Though you can fill the potato skins with whatever you want the most common filling seems to be cheese and bacon often accompanied by some sour cream. In my opinion, you can't go wrong with cheese and bacon so that is what I went with. Potato skins are pretty easy to make though they require a some time to bake the potato. You could speed things up a bit by cooking the potato in the microwave instead of baking it before scooping out the middle. The potato skins with cheddar cheese and bacon turned out great! The skins were a little crispy along the edges and soft and warm in the middle. The cool sour cream went well with the warm potato skins and their flavourful filling. Another perfect snack for game day.

Potato Skins

(makes 4 appetizer sized servings)
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
4 baking potatoes (such as russet, scrubbed clean)
oil
salt and pepper to taste
4 slices bacon (cooked and crumbled)
1 cup cheese (grated)
1/2 cup sour cream
2 green onions (chopped)

Directions:
1. Prick the potatoes a few times with a fork.
2. Bake in a preheated 400F oven until tender, about an hour.
3. Let the potatoes cool and cut in half and scoop out the middle. (Reserve the scooped potato for another use.)
4. Brush the potato skins all over with the oil and season with salt and pepper.
5. Bake in a preheated 450F over for 10 minutes on each side.
6. Season the inside of the potato skins with salt and pepper and fill with the cheese and bacon.
7. Broil until the cheese has melted, just a few minutes.
8. Serve while still warm from the oven along with some sour cream and green onions.

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91 comments:

Sophie said...

I never eaten potato skins alone before! I will try this, it looks tasty!

Lori said...

These are the prettiest tater skins I think I've seen. :) So tasty, they are a standard football snack around here when I make the effort to make them. :) Love your recipe!

Dani said...

they look better than the ones you get at the restaurant :)

Steph said...

Those look delicious! I love potato skins!

tamilyn said...

Those look fantastic! I usually use some of the potato pulp in mine-kind of like how you do twice baked potatoes-so I feel better about eating the cheese, bacon, green top onions and sour cream :)

Too bad I work tonight, or those would be a great 'grazing' dinner, um, I mean snack!

VeggieGirl said...

Oh, those bring back nostalgia for me, haha - love it!! :-)

Sylvie said...

Looks like the perfect snack or side.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That looks really good! Tasty!

Cheers,

Rosa

Maryann said...

I can't let the bloke see this. He will eat my computer.

diva said...

these rock! you have put up one perfect recipe kevin :) no one can resist potato skins. x

Nirvana said...

This looks SO tasty -- and potato skins are supposed to be the healthiest part of the potato too (or so I've been told)... Anyways, I'll be making a vegetarian version of this.

biz319 said...

Looks delicious as always Kevin!

Ricki said...

Kevin, only you could make potato skins look this good! Now I'm thinking I must make some--it's been ages since I've had any!

meeso said...

You did it right, Kevin! How many times I have bitten into an amazing looking potato skin, only to have the shell be flavorless and blah, all the flavor just sitting on top... The taste never blended at all... Your skins look perfect! With all of your treats, I wish I was at your party!

penniesonaplatter said...

Great photo! I love your site!

I'm making a variation of potato skins today for the big game, too! Mmmm... wish it was snack time right now!

My Gourmet Love Affair said...

these look abs DELISH...i'm definitely trying/serving these at my party tonight!
xoxo

Jennifer said...

So lovely!!! My husband loves potato skins at all restaurants, yours are much better looking though!

Grace said...

you know what an ideal meal for me would be? crispy potato skins with mashed potatoes on the side. i do love my taters. :)

Diana Evans said...

oh wow Kevin...this photo looks wonderful and the potatoe skins...yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Netts Nook said...

Fun for the Super Bowl Thanks Kevin

cindy* said...

these photos are fantastic kevin! and you can't really go wrong with a classic potato skin.

Rita said...

Humm, I love potato skins (minus the bacon). Nice photo

Sharon said...

Wow, tasty tasty!

Heather said...

ohhh. i looooove potato skins. drool.

Jessica@Foodmayhem said...

Potato Skins are awesome! Like you said, can't go wrong with bacon and cheese.

Jan said...

Best bit of the potato I say! I love them done this way. Yours look really yummy.

Ann said...

thats really great kevin..yummy yum

Dawn said...

That is a perfect picture. One of my all time fav pig out foods is potato skins.

Manggy said...

Geez, any chance you can come over with those? There's a plasma TV here, heh :)

Happy cook said...

What do youdo with the inside of the potato.
Potato skins look delicious. I have never had them.

Helene said...

This is nice, what a great snack for Super Bowl Kevin.

Bellini Valli said...

You are making me famished Kevin:D

Marie-Ève said...

wow, lovely!

Holler said...

What a great and very appetising photo. I want some potato skins right now! Although hold the bacon :)

MaryBeth said...

One of the best appetizer foods ever, but I love them so much I could make it the basis of my entire dinner. They look great!

PG said...

wow! they look fantastic! Never ate these before. But, I must prepare them. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

Elra said...

Wow Kevin, this sounds really delicious. I think it is really perfect for the game.
Cheers,
Elra

Hayley said...

I love that picture!

Melissa said...

Those look sooo good! What I wouldn't give to be eating one right now.

Judy said...

A great SuperBowl snack. I usually bake up a bunch of Idahos, mash the potatoes and stuff the shells. When I cut the tops out, I use those for potato skin snacks, putting a little of the mashed potatoes on them, then cheese, bacon, sour cream and green onions. I freeze the stuffed potatoes and the skin tops and take them out when I want them.

Bren said...

what a great idea, Kevin. your such make them look so pretty. great pic.

thecynicalchef said...

These look so delicious. And so muxh classier than the cooking sheet we normally eat them off of.

Denise :)

Hannah said...

Perfect, crowd-pleasing finger food for sure!

Jeanne said...

Oh, those look lovely! I used to make filled potato skins (with the classic bacon/cheese/mushroom filling) for lazy dinner with a big salad - thanks for reminding me I need to make them again!

Nurit "1 family. friendly. food." said...

What a gorgeous photo!

Cheryl said...

Man those look good, mine never turn out like that! I am jealous!

Mrs Ergül said...

Oohhh this looks great!

Dragon said...

Tasty taters!

Yasmeen said...

Love the idea,must try it:)

Meg Wolff said...

OMG, these are beautiful! Definitely NOT boring.

Michelle said...

YUM your picture is so pretty! And this looks so good!

Nina Timm said...

Oh my word, I want that so badly....I love all thing potatoey!!!

Beachlover said...

love this side dish!! yummy!!

Parker said...

This look so pretty, unlike the ones you find in pubs. Nicely done.

Rosie said...

What perfect potato skins, they look so crisp and tasty!

Rosie x

Elenka said...

This is something I want to try !! Thanks!

Maria said...

The skins look perfect!! They are a great appetizer and perfect for parties!

Debbie said...

These look delicious and so does your seven layer dip!

Happy cook said...

Just posted your strogonoff recipe in my place
it was really yummy.
Thankyou for the wonderful delicous recipe
http://mykitchentreasures.blogspot.com/2009/02/turkey-strongonoff.html

Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer said...

The skin is the best part!!! YUM

bobby said...

Potato skins really are the best! It's true you can't go wrong with cheese and bacon. I could probably eat all of these easily!

Hillary said...

Looks like an awesome Super Bowl snack. Wish I had seen this prior to the game. Might have to make these anyway - thanks Kevin! :)

Manger La Ville said...

All those dips and now potato skins. I have to say these are the most sophisticated potato skins I have ever seen. Just amazing. You make everything look more appetizing.

Sara said...

These look perfect, I love potato skins!

Peter M said...

A great side to order at the pub or now, to make at home.

chuck said...

Kevin, those potato skins look delicious. I also like cheese and bacon on mine too!

I also use mayo and sour cream with a little cayenne pepper for the dip. Yummy!

mikky said...

these are my favorite... i usually bake mine with a splash of olive oil some sea salt, and rosemary... yours look just perfect... :)

duodishes said...

Wish we had these yesterday! The tater skins were missing. But that's OK. Tater skins are good anytime.

kamailesfood said...

Mmmm...I love potato skins! These look fantastic.

amandalouden said...

YUM! You take the best pictures.

I nominated you for the Honest scrap award if you want it.

http://www.mydailydiner.com/2009/02/honest-scrap.html

Paula said...

Gotta love potato skins! My 13 year old daughter loves 'em!

Sharon said...

Kevin, I've never seen such pretty potato skins! These look much better than the ones I"m used to.

Erika said...

I love potato skins but my husband does not so I have not had them in years! I might have to make some and tell him to make his own snack!

Mila said...

Potato skins are my bar snack favorite! Your picture is absolutely out of this world! By far one of the best I have seen you do! BRavo!

noobcook said...

omg this is AMAZING! what a great & unique idea!

heidileon said...

ummmm, this recipe looks so tasty! and the picture is truly beau-ti-ful!!

oneshotbeyond said...

these are my ultimate favorite snack food! I have to have mine with diced tomato on top though...

Great photo

Pam said...

I am loving those skins. Excellent Kevin.

Sandie said...

Yum. I saw these on Photograzing yesterday. They look amazing!

RhodeyGirl/Sabrina said...

that looks amazing!!!

Jan said...

They look scrummy, this is one of my favorite appetizers

Pham Fatale (Jackie) said...

I'll definitely have to try that American classic, looks delicious! I'd put twice the amount of sour cream though because I'm a piggie :P

dawn said...

I am a total sucker for potato skins. Have you ever tried them with apple sauce (as well as the sour cream)? I know it sounds a bit weird but it is really very good.

Thanks for the great blog...you take fantastic photos.

bakingbitsandbobs said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe! I live in Australia and potato skins aren't very common here, so I think I'm going to give it a go tomorrow :)

Dannii said...

I love potato skins!

Stephanie said...

These were delicious! The only thing I did differently was to salt and pepper the potatoes after I brushed oil on them. Thanks for the recipe!

Stephanie said...

These were delicious! The only thing I did differently was to salt and pepper the potatoes after I brushed oil on them. Thanks for the recipe!

mommy of 3 said...

Can I possible make these the night before? Or do you have any suggestions for making this ahead of time? bollingwith5@gmail.com

Kevin Lynch said...

mommy of 3: Yes you could make these the day before and then just warm them when you want. Otherwise you could get the potatoes baked and scooped the day before and just assemble and bake on the day you want them.

mommy of 3 said...

Ok. Thank you! I'm just afraid condensation or refrigeration will cause sauginess or a "not so fresh" taste. I know everything tastes better "made to order" style, but it's not always a possibility! Should I wrap them in saran wrap, aluminum foil, or use tubberware for storing?

Kevin Lynch said...

mommy of 3: Tupperware should be fine.

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