Appetizer | January 27, 2016

Baked Potato Skins

baked potato skins on platter

These Baked Potato Skins are ALWAYS and major hit! Total MAN food. I made them for a football party recently and the guys guzzled these things down, not to mention the ladies that attended…  These are great as an appetizer, a side dish or for a party, like the superbowl!

Honestly though what is not to like? These are all worth the calories! Baked Potato Skins are pretty fast and easy to make, in fact I usually make baked potatoes the night before- using the insides for dinner and save the skins for this recipe.

My favorite way to cook baked potatoes is by rubbing them with a litle olive oil and course sea salt or kosher salt and popping them in the oven with no wrapping on them. Straight on the grate. I save the fluffy insides for a meal with my family, and the skins for the party.

Look at this goodness. Can you see the crunchy salt on the outside?
baked potato skins close up shot
 After baking top these bad boys with melted cheddar cheese, bacon, onions of your choice (are the purple onions gorgeous?!)  and a dollop of sour cream. I like to add sour cream to a ziplock bag, cut the corners and squeeze it in.
baked potato skins with sour cream topping

5 from 1 vote
Baked Potato Skins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
16 mins
Total Time
26 mins

These are great as an appetizer, a side dish or for a party, like the superbowl!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked potato skins, easy appetizer
Calories: 942 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 5-6 potatoes already baked
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
  • 1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • bacon strips cooked and crumbled
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • sliced green onion or minced purple onion
  1. Bake potatoes without any foil on outside so the skins will cook a little crunchy. I prefer to rub them in olive oil and kosher salt.
  2. After potatoes have been baked cut them in half lengthwise, scoop out the pulp leaving about 1/4 inch in shell.
  3. Place potato skins on a foil lined baking sheet.
  4. Combine butter, Parmesan cheese, salt, garlic powder, paprika,and pepper.
  5. Brush over both sides of skins.
  6. Bake at 475 degrees skin side up for 7 minutes. Turn over and bake for 7 minutes more (or until crispy). Sprinkle bacon and cheddar cheese inside skins and bake 2 minutes longer (or until cheese is melted).
  7. Top with sour cream and onions, serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Baked Potato Skins
Amount Per Serving (1 c)
Calories 942 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 22g138%
Cholesterol 93mg31%
Sodium 1649mg72%
Potassium 4398mg126%
Carbohydrates 133g44%
Fiber 26g108%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 1050IU21%
Vitamin C 121.4mg147%
Calcium 389mg39%
Iron 34.5mg192%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

baked potato skins on parchment paper

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