Fully Loaded Baked Potato Skins

Sunday, June 28, 2015
This post is sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.

This weeks Sunday Supper theme is Potato Appetizers using Idaho® potatoes so I knew I had to share our favorite Fully Loaded Baked Potato Skins.

We love Fully Loaded Baked Potato Skins because they are hearty, easy to make and perfect finger food as a appetizer, for a crowd or a light dinner.

I like to lightly salt the potatoes before baking for maximum flavor and the filling options are endless. On this occasion we stuck with a traditional Fully Loaded Baked Potato Skin because you can never go wrong with melty cheese, crispy bacon with a large dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of chives in a crispy lightly salted potato skin and if this is wrong I don't want to be right! 

Another favorite filling idea is taco seasoned ground beef, cheese, sour cream, avocado and salsa.
Just for the record I've never met a potato skin I didn't like! 
Drizzle 4 Palm Sized Russet Idaho® Potatoes with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and 1 teaspoon Sea Salt.
Rub oil and salt into potato skins until evenly coated.

Pierce potato skins all over with a fork and bake in a 425 degree oven for 45 minutes or longer until skin is easily pierced with a fork and insides of potatoes are tender.

Allow to rest until cool enough to handle.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Slice baked potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out insides of baked potatoes leaving about 1/4"-1/2".

Fill potato skins with Shredded Cheddar Cheese and Bacon Bits. Bake for 5-8 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. 
Add a dollop of Sour Cream to each potato skin and sprinkle with Chopped Chives and Fresh Black Pepper.

Serve when cool enough to handle.

Fully Loaded Baked Potato Skins are one of those appetizers that's perfect for any occasion and never last long! 

For more amazing appetizer ideas using Idaho® potatoes make sure to check out the #SundaySupper links under the recipe and follow Idaho® potatoes Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/thesundaysupper/potato-recipes-featuring-famous-idaho-potatoes/.

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Fully Loaded Baked Potato Skins

Easy to make Fully Loaded Baked Potato Skins are a perfect appetizer, finger food or light dinner.
Rated 55 based on 3 reviews
prep time: 15 MINScook time: 1 hour and 10 MINStotal time: 1 hours and 25 mins


  • 4 whole Palm Sized Russet Idaho® Potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 6 Stripes Bacon, Cooked Until Crispy And Chopped Into Bacon Bits
  • For Garnishing: Sour Cream, Chives and Black Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Drizzle potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle evenly with sea salt. Rub olive oil and sea salt into potatoes and poke all over with a fork.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour or until skin is easily pierced with fork and insides are tender.
  4. Allow to rest until cool enough to handle.
  5. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees.
  6. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and scrape out insides leaving about 1/4"- 1/2" of potato.
  7. Divide cheese and then cooked bacon bits evenly between skins.
  8. Bake for an additional 5-8 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  9. Add a dollop of sour cream to each potato skin and sprinkle with chives and fresh ground pepper.
  10. Serve when cool enough to handle.
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  1. My husband would claim the whole tray. Well, he might share. Maybe.

  2. I see potato skins in my near future. Its been way too long since we have had them. They look delicious!

  3. Oooh, love these babies! And so would the whole family!!!

  4. Those look soooo good! Can't wait to try them, thanks for sharing!

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  5. These look amazing! Those would be a hit in my family.

  6. Perfect potato skins for a party!

  7. My boys would certainly love these! They look so crispy and delicious and that is my favourite part!

  8. This definitely isn't wrong! I'll just take that plate and go hide in a corner somewhere (happily)

  9. Oh my, I'd like a dozen or so of these!

  10. Serena, these look great. Perfect accompaniment to any meal.

  11. Perfect summer dish and gorgeous photos!

  12. This is perfect for entertaining! Wonderful!!

  13. A delicious appetizer for sure!Love the bacon in there too!

  14. These are packed with all the potato essentials....so tasty!

  15. One of my all-time favorite apps ... and just the way I like them with lots of bacon and cheese!

  16. I could make my entire dinner out of those!

  17. My daughter has just discovered she loves a loaded baked potato. She would adore these too


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