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Making Appetizers at Home: Potato Skins

October 15, 2013Danita

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One of the great things about going out to eat….appetizers!

Appetizers are a wonderful invention!  Who came up with them anyway?  The French?  It sounds like a “French” word, maybe?  And what does it mean?  I have an idea…”reason to eat something really yummy before dinner”….but only at a restaurant.  What do we call it at home?  “Spoiling your dinner!”  That’s what I tell my children when they try to get something to eat right before a meal.  At a restaurant the server never tells us that, if fact he/she encourages us to get one (or two).   

Many restaurants have started to market them in the frozen foods section of the grocery store but they are expensive.  That’s why I learned to make some of them from “scratch”.  

Potato skins have been a long time favorite with our family.  We like to make them for ourselves or as a snack when we have company. Most everyone likes them and for those who need it, they are “gluten free”.  Even though there are several steps in the recipe, they aren’t difficult to make, and can be made ahead.  

I served these recently at the monthly Men’s Meeting for our church.  Everyone loved them.  My husband likes them with sour cream.

Here’s the Recipe: 

(printable recipe card below)

Potatoes  – medium work best

Cheddar cheese

Bacon

Sour Cream -optional

Wash potatoes thoroughly and bake in a 400 degree oven about an hour or until done.

While potatoes are baking cook bacon until crispy…about 1 piece per potato

Cool completely then cut in half long ways.

*If making ahead, you can stop and store them in the refrigerator after baking or after scooping out the center

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Scoop out middle of potato leaving some potato around bottom and edges

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Fry potatoes in a deep fryer until golden brown

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Drain on paper towels

*At this point they can be set aside until almost ready to serve or stored in the refrigerator overnight.

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Just before serving, fill with cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon

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Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly

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Potato Skins
Crispy potato skins filled with cheese and bacon...just like the appetizer at many popular restaurants
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Ingredients
  1. Potatoes - medium work best
  2. Cheddar cheese
  3. Bacon
  4. Sour Cream -optional
Instructions
  1. *Wash potatoes thoroughly and bake in a 400 degree oven about an hour or until done.
  2. While potatoes are baking cook bacon until crispy...about 1 piece per potato
  3. *Cool completely then cut in half long ways. Scoop out middle of potato leaving some potato around bottom and edges
  4. *Fry potatoes in a deep fryer until golden brown and drain on paper towels
  5. Just before serving, fill with cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon
  6. Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly
Notes
  1. *If making ahead, you can stop and store them in the refrigerator at any of these points
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9 Comments

  • Mommy’s Apron

    October 14, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    We made these for dinner again last night. So amazing! I love this recipe!

    1. Danita

      October 14, 2015 at 3:37 PM

      We haven’t had them in a while….I need to make these again!

  • Paula Bianca

    October 28, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    I love potato skins. You are awesome for sharing this!! <3 I found you over on "This Momma's Meandering Mondays" bloghop. <3

    1. Danita

      October 29, 2013 at 5:36 AM

      Paula, thanks so much for stopping by and your sweet comments! I love potato skins too…as well as most anything else covered in cheese and bacon.

  • Cathy Compeau

    October 23, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    These are awesome! Thanks for linking up at the Wondering Brain Show Off Party! I am co-hosting this week. I hope you will hop over to my place http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/ for a visit, link up at APIMP TGIF party and if you like what you see, follow me. Enter to win KitchenAid Holiday Baking Bundle Giveaway! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/2013/10/kitchenaid-holiday-baking-bundle.html Hope you are having a terrific week! Cathy

  • 1momintheusa

    October 22, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Hi Danita,
    Potato skins are one of my favorite appetizers. Thank you for reminding me. It’s been a while since I have made them. I make them almost like this, except I don’t deep fry the potatoes after baking them.
    Thank you for sharing these on the Thumping Thursdays Blog Hop. They will be featured on this week’s hop. I look forward to see what other goodies you have in store for us.

    Sincerely,
    Karina
    http://www.momintheusa.net

    1. Danita

      October 24, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      Thanks so much Karina! It’s so encouraging to a new blogger to have anything featured. Also, I LOVE that you let me know ahead, very thoughtful! Have a great week

  • prowessandpearls

    October 16, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    LOVE your new look!! Very clean and sleek! And this recipe looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Danita

      October 16, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      Thanks Michelle!

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