Loaded baked potato skins with cheese, topped with a scoop of sour cream and chives.
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Loaded Potato Skins

Loaded Potato Skins are an easy appetizer made with the crispy skins of a baked potato and filled with bacon, cheese, sour cream, and chives!  
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 317kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


  • 6 small to medium sized russet potatoes , washed 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


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Poke potatoes with a fork, place on a baking sheet and cook for 1 hour.
  • Remove from the baking sheet, and allow to cool for about 15 minutes.
  • Once your potatoes are cooled 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").
  • 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".
  • 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. 
  • Broil for 7-8 minutes until the insides get a bit crispy from the melted butter. 
  • Remove from the oven and add a generous amount of shredded cheese into each skin, topping with bacon pieces. 
  • Place back under the broiler for about 3-4 minutes until the cheese is nice and bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and top with sour cream and chives or green onion. Serve warm.


Adapted from Simple Comfort Food


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 817mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 313IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 161mg | Iron: 2mg