Potato Skins Recipe

What could possibly be a better snack than potato skins? If you are not familiar with potato skins- potato skins are the skin of a potato deep fried or baked and filled with an assortment of different ingredients. Potato skins make the perfect snack for any party. The cooking process is simple, the potatoes are first baked, cut in half and then the potato is almost all scooped out until just a thin layer of potato and the skin remains. After that the skins are brushed with numerous seasonings and then deep fried or baked until crispy. The skins are then filled with cheese and bacon and topped with sour cream and green onions. I know sounds delicious, right? Well, believe me, it is. To cook the whole potatoes you can either bake them or cook them in the microwave. I personally prefer the microwave because it’s a lot faster. To cook the skins you can either deep fry them or bake them. This recipe calls for a combination of deep frying and baking. I find that they come out a little better in the deep fryer but I don’t think you will notice much of a difference in the oven. Enjoy.

4 large bake potatoes (baked or microwaved until tender)
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
Oil (for deep frying)
1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon pepper
8 slices of bacon (cooked until crispy and crumbled)
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup sour cream
4 green onions (sliced)

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: Cut potatoes in half lengthwise, scoop out the insides and discard leaving about ¼” of the shell.
Step 2: In a small bowl combine 3 tablespoons oil, salt, garlic powder, paprika, parmesan cheese and pepper. Brush mixture all over potato skins.

Step 3: Heat deep fryer to 365 degrees and deep fry potato skins for 5 minutes in batches. Drain on paper towels. (* to bake instead of deep fry –  pre-heat oven to 475 degrees. Place skins in a greased baking dish and bake for 8 minutes. Turn over and bake for 8 minutes on that side.)
Step 4: Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Place potato skins in a lightly greased baking dish and fill each skin with cheddar cheese and bacon. Divide evenly between each skin. Bake for 7 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Remove from oven and top with sour cream and green onions.
(Makes 4 servings)


24 Responses to “Potato Skins Recipe”

  1. Christine — January 13, 2009 @ 6:25 pm


    I am so glad I found this site (and passed it along to others). We are not addicted to this site from the delish orange chicken recipe. Thanks.

    This recipe looks good for our football games this weekend. 🙂

  2. Bunny — January 13, 2009 @ 7:21 pm

    My hubby is having company to watch the Steelers play this weekend, THIS IS PERFECT for football!!

  3. nina — January 14, 2009 @ 12:02 am

    Oh dearie me, this is not good to look at right now….my will power is fading……go away…no come back….noooooo!!!

    Jokes, this looks absolutely fantastic!

  4. Kaitlin — January 14, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

    I’m addicted to FoodGawker and, WITHOUT FAIL, I always seem to click over to your web site for recipes. I recently made the bourbon chicken featured a few pages back and loved it.

  5. recipes2share — January 15, 2009 @ 8:16 am

    These look fabulous. I have to make nibbles to take to a party on Saturday & this looks the perfect choice – thank you!

  6. recipes2share — January 15, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

    Great photo – thanks!

  7. HoneyB — January 16, 2009 @ 4:06 pm

    They look so good! Yumm!

  8. Ivy — January 16, 2009 @ 10:39 pm

    Amazing!! I bet they taste great.

  9. diva — January 17, 2009 @ 8:05 am

    who doesn’t love potato skins?!?! these look fantastic. definitely go with the microwave. 😀 they get fluffier too in the microwave. x

  10. Kevin — January 17, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

    I have been wanting to try making potato skins! Those look really tasty!

  11. Brian — January 18, 2009 @ 9:56 am

    These look great!. I’m glad a stumbled upon your site.

  12. Lisa — January 18, 2009 @ 1:43 pm

    mmmmmmmmh ! those look delicious. I’m gonna try them once our kitchen is all set up.

    great blog by the way.

  13. Morten Pedersen — January 22, 2009 @ 6:28 am

    What a great idea using the potato skins like that. this is a must try. Thanks for shearing.

  14. Heidi / Savory Tv — January 25, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

    I’ve often made these but not with your deep frying technique, I’ll need to try that on our next “eat all day” Saturday!

  15. Carmen — January 29, 2009 @ 2:18 am

    Going to make these for SuperBowl Sunday. THANK YOU!!!

  16. Shelby Mingee — February 1, 2009 @ 9:19 am

    My husband has been grateful yet disappointed with my past attempts at potato skins. This year will be different. I think he will LOVE them>

  17. Nancy B in AL — February 1, 2009 @ 6:54 pm

    I made these and the Chinese chicken wings for Superbowl snacks today. They were fantastic!! My husband loved them and he’s tough to please — especially on new recipes. I’d never tried wings or potato skins before and they both turned out great. Thanks so much!! They are going on my list of snacks to make every Superbowl.

  18. Susan R — February 3, 2009 @ 2:03 pm

    These are the bomb! I have tried to make these in the past from other recipes and could not figure out why I couldn’t get them to taste like the ones in the restaurant. Duh, I had to deep fry the skins! Soooooo not good for the ol’ arteries but hey they tasted fantastic. We did some with the standard bacon and cheese and did a few others loaded with chili. Yummy! We have a few of your other recipes on tap for this week and will post reviews later. 🙂

  19. ronnie — March 7, 2009 @ 12:44 pm

    I made these potato skins, with home made sour cream, and served it up with a tangy salad, it was a meal it in self.

  20. Barbara — February 5, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    Thanks for this receipe not only will satisfy the meat eaters in my family but also my veggie friends that will be attending our Superbowl gathering. Can’t wait to make them. I’m opting for the microwave option!

  21. kelly — March 1, 2011 @ 7:49 pm

    does Texas Road house have these? i think they call them snake bites??

  22. Ashley — July 8, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

    I like the fact that there are pictures! Making these tonight, and thank god i can see what there suppose to come out like 🙂 Thank you.

  23. Food Fanatic — October 22, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    Hah. Who needs Friday’s anymore? These looks amazing. Thanks for the skins recipe!

  24. georgia — January 4, 2013 @ 10:48 am


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