Cheese and Bacon Potato Skins Recipe

Cheese and Bacon Potato Skins are the perfect recipe for your next tailgating conquest.  Loaded with crispy bacon, gooey cheddar cheese and topped with ranch dressing and chives,  this recipe will put a “W” in the win column.

Appetizers are my go to for any party I am having.  If you love to make easy appetizer you should also try stuffed jalapeno poppers, also topped with bacon they will bring the heat, or these cheesy pigs in a blanket that the kids will love.  If you want to set it and forget it these sweet and spicy crock pot party wings will do the trick.

cheese and bacon potato skins on a sheet pan.

Cheese and Bacon Potato Skins Recipe

Every week I look forward to the next Saturday filled with all things football.  I know, pretty lame right? WRONG!  It means I get to bust out some delicious appetizers and eat all day long and these cheese and bacon potato skins are a game changer.  Loaded with only a few ingredients to make them the ultimate finger food for a fun day ahead.  So join me on Saturday and try your hand at these amazing and easy potato skins with cheese and bacon. 

So last week the University of Washington played Utah and won, hooray!  This week they are playing Arizona State University for their Pac 12 home opener and I will be at the game!  I can’t wait.  But, for those of you who will be watching in the comforts of your own home having friends and family over you have got to make them these bacon cheddar potato skins.  Everyone will love them and topping them off with a little ranch dressing and hot sauce makes them a party on a plate.

What are potato skins?

  • Potato skins are an amazing appetizer or finger food using unpeeled potatoes.
  • They are baked in the oven, skin on, and then sliced in half to remove the inner “meat” of the potato.
  • You can reserve the hollowed out meat portion of the potato for other uses, such as making mashed potatoes.
  • The hollowed portion of the potato now serves as a cup to hold as many ingredients you like to fill them back up.

potato skins baked and hollowed out on a sheet pan.

How do you make cheese and bacon potatoes?

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Pierce several holes in the potatoes with a fork and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 50 minutes and cool until you can touch safely.
  2. Increase oven temperature to 475 degrees.  Cut potatoes lengthwise in half and scoop out inner flesh.  Brush hollowed potatoes with melted butter and cook 14 more minutes.  Flipping potatoes over halfway through.
  3. Fill each potato skin with bacon and top with cheddar cheese.  return to oven and cook 2 minutes until cheese has melted.  Layer the top with ranch dressing, hot sauce and diced chives.

How do you make potato skins crispy?

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and poke several holes in potatoes with a fork.  Bake for 50 minutes.  Allow to cool so you can handle.
  • Slice potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out inner flesh, reserving just enough around the border so the potatoes don’t break.  Melt butter and brush all over the potatoes, inside and out.  Increase oven temp to 475.
  • Place on a rimmed baking sheet and return to the oven.  Bake 14 minutes, flipping the potato skins halfway through until golden brown and crispy.

What can you have with potato skins?

You can fill potato skins with so many different things:  here are a few ideas.

  • scrambles eggs and bacon, topped with syrup
  • pizza toppings
  • ground beef, tomatoes, cheese, and sour cream
  • chili
  • macaroni and cheese
  • steak bites and cheese

One of the great things about appetizers and making potato skins with bacon is that just by adding cheese you can have a simple finger food that everyone can devour.  So bring on game day with some fierce appetizers and make these cheese and bacon potato skins it will be a crowd pleasing recipe no matter who wins the game.

cheese and bacon potato skins being eaten with ranch dressing on top.

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Cheese and Bacon Potato Skins Recipe

Cheese and Bacon Potato Skins are the perfect recipe for your next tailgating conquest. Loaded with crispy bacon, gooey cheddar cheese and topped with ranch dressing and chives, this recipe will put a "W" in the win column.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword cheddar and bacon potato skins recipe, potato skins
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 6 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 11 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 335 kcal
Author Shannon

Ingredients

  • 6 russet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 lb thick cut bacon cooked and diced (I used Oscar Meyer thick cut bacon)
  • 1 bottle ranch dressing
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup chives chopped
  • Hot sauce I used Franks hot sauce

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pierce several holes in the potatoes with a fork and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 50 minutes and cool until you can touch safely.

Increase oven temperature to 475 degrees. Cut potatoes lengthwise in half and scoop out inner flesh. Brush potatoes inside and out with melted butter and cook 14 more minutes. Flipping potatoes over halfway through.

Fill each potato skin with even amounts of bacon and top with cheddar cheese. Return to oven and cook 2 minutes until cheese has melted. Layer the top with ranch dressing, hot sauce

Nutrition Facts
Cheese and Bacon Potato Skins Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 335 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 390mg 16%
Potassium 537mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 7.9%
Calcium 15.2%
Iron 6.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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