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Loaded Potato Skins recipe on TastesBetterFromScratch.com
Loaded Potato Skins
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 10 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins

Loaded Potato Skins are the skins of a baked potato that are filled with bacon, cheese, sour cream, and green onions!  A fantastic appetizer for a party.

Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Unit: cup, ounce, slice, small to medium sized
Servings: 10
Calories: 205 kcal
Author: Lauren Allen
  • 6 small to medium sized russet potatoes , rinsed clean and pat dry
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese , shredded
  • 8 slices bacon , cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (half of a stick), melted
  • sour cream , for topping
  • chives (or green onion), chopped, for topping
  • salt , to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper , to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Poke potatoes with a fork, place on a baking sheet and cook for 1 hour.
  2. Remove from the baking sheet, and allow to cool for about 15 minutes.
  3. Once your potatoes are cooled, use a sharp bread knife and cut each lengthwise, into three sections, creating three long slices. (So each potato should yield two skins, plus a middle section that you can either discard, use to make something else, or keep to make some extra potato skins without the skin :-) )
  4. Once you've cut all the potatoes, use a small spoon to scoop out about 70 percent of the potato to make a little boat. You still want to have a thick layer of potato near the skin, but you want it to be slightly hollowed-out in the middle to create a "boat".
  5. Turn your oven on to a high broil. Brush the potatoes with butter on the inside and outside and place them back onto the baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper. 

  6. Broil for 7-8 minutes until the insides get a bit crispy from the melted butter. 

  7. Remove from the oven and add a generous amount of shredded cheese into each skin, topping with bacon pieces. 

  8. Place back under the broiler for about 3-4 minutes until the cheese is nice and bubbly.

  9. Remove from oven and top with sour cream and chives or green onion. Serve warm.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Simple Comfort Food

Nutrition Facts
Loaded Potato Skins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 205 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 258mg 11%
Potassium 57mg 2%
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 7.5%
Calcium 16.5%
Iron 1.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.