For the most part, I try to eat well… so the idea of baked potato skins makes me happy! These are done up in the oven so they aren’t greasy but they are crispy, cheesy and bacon-y… which are things all yummy snacks should be!
Whenever I make potatoes, I try to do them baked because you can easily stash the skins in a Ziploc in the freezer and that makes for a quick and super satisfying snack! These particular skins were leftover from when I made Loaded Baked Potato Soup and sat in the freezer for a bit!
Crispy Oven Baked Potato Skins
- Baking Potatoes
- Olive oil or cooking spray
- Cheddar Cheese
- Bacon bits or bacon slices cooked crisp & crumbled (about 1/2 slice per potato skin)
- Green onions
- Sour cream
Wash potatoes well, poke with a fork and microwave until cooked (approx 6 min for 2 potatoes or 8-10 min for 4 potatoes). If you prefer, you can bake them in the oven for 1 hour at 350 degrees.
Let potatoes slightly cool, cut in half lengthwise and scoop out the flesh leaving just a small bit in the shell. Reserve the flesh another use (I made Loaded Baked Potato Soup with these ones).
Cut the skins in 1/2 again (each potato will produce 4 skins). Lightly brush the skin side with olive oil (or spray with cooking spray). Broil about 4" from the heat for 5 minutes or until crispy.
Flip the skins over and top the flesh with cheddar cheese (approx 1 tablespoon per skin) and bacon bits. Broil until cheese is melted & bubbly.
Top with sour cream and green onions.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)