These Loaded Potato Skins are easy, cheesy delicious to make and are the perfect family favorite appetizer for game day or any day!
It’s funny what you hold on to from your childhood.
I don’t mean your first school dance or your first kiss or your first time sneaking out of your house (not me!).. I mean the weird foods that stay with you through your life that you picked up at a young age. If you are a foodie ..forgive me, if you hate that word.. but if you are somebody who loves food, that appreciation probably didn’t come about out of nowhere. I can attest to that. Was I cooking up amazing dishes at the age of 15, a culinary prodigy in the works,? Oh hell no! My biggest accomplishment was making Kraft macaroni and cheese the perfect way without overcooking those little seven and a half minute elbow noodles. What I am referring to is when you went out and you ordered food in a restaurant and whether it was something simple or something complex, the comfort of that dish has stayed with you through the years. For example, to this day, if I go out to eat and loaded potato skins are on the menu as an appetizer, I don’t care what else gets ordered, you had better believe those loaded potato skins are coming to my table in eight minutes. I love loaded potato skins. They are my favorite, they will always be my first choice and if I could somehow eat them everyday and not be eight hundred pounds by the end of the week, I probably would.
Now, loving something from afar like actually putting in the time and energy making them in your own kitchen are two different things. Life is busy, we are all busy, no one has time to make loaded potato skins on a Saturday afternoon, right?
Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
Granted, they are an investment in time but my goodness they are so worth it. Go ahead, make these homemade loaded potato skins and then try to serve your husband imitation ones from the grocery store freezer case and just listen to the drama that will come forth. Statements of blatant neglect, lack of marital love, physical torture.
All joking aside, these are the most amazing loaded potato skins and so easy to make and although they may take a little bit of time, they are totally worth it. Trust me, these will rival any restaurants menu items and since you don’t even have to leave the house, you don’t even have to change out of your yoga pants. #winning
Happiness and Blessings!
- 6 large russet potatoes , rinsed
- 2 tbl olive oil
- 3 tbl butter , melted
- 6 slices bacon , cooked crispy and diced
- 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
- 4 green onions , diced
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- *sour cream for serving - optional but recommended
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Scrub potatoes clean and dry with a paper towel and rub the skin of the potatoes with olive oil
Place potatoes on a baking sheet and bake until potatoes are tender, about 45-50 minutes. Remove the pan and allow potatoes to cool until you can handle them comfortably
Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and using a spoon, scoop out the insides, leaving a little bit of potato in the skins.
Melt the butter then brush the outside of the potatoes and place potato halves face-down and return to the oven for 5 to 8 minutes.
Using a fork or tongs, turn the potatoes over and brush insides with remaining butter.
Return to oven and continue to bake for another 5 - 8 minutes
Remove from oven and sprinkle the insides of the potato skins with salt and pepper, cheese, bacon and green onions.
Return to the oven long enough for the cheese to melt, about 3 to 4 minutes.
Remove and serve immediately.