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Bacon Cheddar Potato Skins

Crispy potato skins loaded with cheddar cheese and bacon are a crowd-pleaser everytime!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Bacon Cheddar Potato Skins
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 8 potato skins
Author Ang Paris

Ingredients

  • 4 medium baking potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • 4 ounces of cheddar cheese I used white and yellow cheddar blend
  • 4 slices bacon
  • Sea Salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped scallions
  • Sour cream for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400-degrees. Scrub the potatoes and pat them dry. Rub the skins with olive oil. Bake the potatoes for about an hour.
  • While the potatoes cook, dice the bacon and fry it until crisp. (I find that it gets crispiest when you're frying small pieces, rather than the slices). Remove the bacon pieces to a paper-towel lined place and set aside.
  • When the potatoes are ready, remove them from the oven and let them cool so that you're able t handle them. Cup them in half the long way, and scoop out all but about a quarter inch of the potato.
  • Arrange the potato halves on a broiler pan. Turn your oven up to 450-degrees and cook the skins for 20 minutes, turning the skins over halfway through.
  • Now for the fun part - lightly salt the skins (to your taste), add the cheese and bacon and return to the oven to broil for about 2 minutes.
  • Garnish with the scallions and serve with a side of sour cream.

Notes

Make-Ahead Method

If you are a regular reader, you know I love recipes I can make ahead, or prep ahead of time - especially when I have company.
To make this recipe ahead of time, prepare the potatoes according to the directions above. However, once they are all assembled on the baking sheet or broiler pan, follow these steps:
  1. Cover the potatoes with aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
  2. Place them in the refrigerator until you are ready to cook them.
  3. Set the oven to 350-degrees F and bake the potato skins for 5 minutes to get rid of the chill.
  4. After that, turn the temperature up to 450-degrees F and bake for another 20 minutes until the cheese is melted and starting to turn golden brown on the edges.

How to Freeze Potato Skins

If you really want to be prepared, or you need to make an extra-large batch, consider making and freezing your appetizers ahead of time. Here's how:
  1. Once the potatoes are cooked and the skins are loaded up, place them on a baking sheet.
  2. Place the baking sheet (uncovered) in the freezer for 1 hour.
  3. Remove the skins from the tray and place them into an airtight container or freezer bag and label before returning to the freezer.
  4. To cook, place the skins on a baking sheet and preheat the oven to 350-degrees F. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Increase the heat to 450-degrees F and cook until the cheese is melted and starting to crisp and turn brown on the edges, about 20 minutes.