Easy Loaded Potato Skins Recipe

Loaded baked potatoes are all very well, but oftentimes the toppings are gone when you're halfway through eating it, leaving you nothing but plain, bland spud. With loaded potato skins, however, the potatoes are less of an overwhelming presence, thus allowing you to finish both the toppings and the taters at the same time.

While this potato preparation may seem somewhat wasteful, you're not actually using just the skins and throwing away the rest of the starch. You can either set apart some of the potato you've scraped from the skins, or you can do what recipe developer Catherine Brookes does and use all of the potato, mixing the rest of it with the fillings to make what are essentially potato skins filled with loaded mashed potatoes. Brookes describes this dish as "packed with melty cheese and bacon, with a soft fluffy middle and crisp skin on the outside." Add a tall glass of beer and a TV tuned to the game, and you'll have the perfect bar snack.

Gather the loaded potato skin ingredients

To make these over-the-top potato skins, you'll start with potatoes, something along the lines of russets or Yukon golds. You'll then need olive oil and salt, plus some bacon (Brookes, hailing from the U.K., uses British bacon, but if you're on the other side of the Atlantic, go ahead and grab that American-style bacon made from pork belly), both cream cheese and cheddar cheese, and chives for the filling.

Bake the potatoes

Set the oven to 425 F. While it preheats, clean your potatoes off and pat them dry, then rub them with half of the olive oil. Sprinkle the potatoes with salt and then, once the oven is hot enough, bake them for an hour. When they are done, the skins should be crispy, but there should be some give when you poke them; if you stick them with a fork, it should pierce them easily. Take the potatoes out of the oven and let them cool down for 15 minutes.

Make the cheesy mashed potatoes

As the potatoes are cooling, cook the bacon, whichever way you prefer or that the package instructions advise. Once it's crispy, crumble or cut it into small pieces.

When the potatoes are cool, cut them in half lengthwise and scoop the potato from the skins (leaving those intact). Mash the potatoes with the bacon, cream cheese, and half of the cheddar.

Fill and bake the potatoes

Divide the mashed potato mixture between the skins, then sprinkle them with the rest of the cheddar. Lower the oven temperature to 400 F and bake the skins for 10 to 15 minutes, until the cheese melts and is starting to turn brown. Remove them from the oven and sprinkle with chives.

You can serve these as an appetizer, as part of a buffet spread, or as a main dish, although for the latter you'll probably want to eat at least two.

Easy Loaded Potato Skins Recipe
5 from 19 ratings
What's better than a crispy potato? How about a spud loaded with cheese and bacon? Game night will never be the same once you learn how to make these.
Prep Time
15
minutes
Cook Time
1.33
hours
Servings
4
Servings
stuffed potato skins on plate
Total time: 1.58 hours
Ingredients
  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • salt, to taste
  • 4 strips bacon
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • ¾ cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. Rub 2 teaspoons of olive oil over the potatoes and sprinkle with salt.
  3. Bake the potatoes on a baking tray for 60 minutes, or until the skins are crisp and a fork pierces them easily.
  4. Cool the potatoes for 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, cook the bacon per package instructions until crisp. Crumble or chop the cooked bacon into small pieces.
  6. Once they're cool, slice each potato in half lengthwise and scoop out the middle.
  7. Mash the scooped-out potato with the cream cheese, bacon, and half of the cheddar. Salt to taste.
  8. Fill the potato skins with the cheesy mashed potatoes, then sprinkle them with the remaining cheddar.
  9. Reduce the oven heat to 400 F and bake the potato skins for 10 to 15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and slightly browned.
  10. Remove from the tray from the oven and sprinkle the chives over the cooked potato skins.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 650
Total Fat 34.4 g
Saturated Fat 14.8 g
Trans Fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 75.6 mg
Total Carbohydrates 68.6 g
Dietary Fiber 4.8 g
Total Sugars 3.6 g
Sodium 1,061.2 mg
Protein 19.2 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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