Easy potato skins recipe


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Today I’ll be sharing an easy potato skins recipe. These potato rounds are topped with cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon bits and taste great topped with a little sour cream!

We made these potato skins on Superbowl Sunday and they were so easy to throw together. Everyone loved them! If I could eat potatoes the rest of my life, I’d be in heaven. They are definitely one of my favorite foods! I never met a potato I didn’t like. ;)

Easy potato skins recipe via iheartnaptime.net. These potato rounds are topped with cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon bits and taste great topped with a little sour cream!

I left the bacon and green onions off of the kids potatoes and they gobbled them right up. I find these potato skin rounds much easier than the typical potato skins because you don’t have to scoop out the potatoes. You also get a lot more out of one potato. They are so good! Definitely a must try for your next get together!



Potato skins ingredients:

  • 4 large russet or 5 yukon potatoes (washed)
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of kosher salt
  • 1- 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 to 7 slices bacon -cooked and crumbled (or 1/2 cup bacon bits)
  • Sour cream, optional
  • Sliced green onions, optional

Easy potato skins recipe

Yield: 25 rounds


  • 4 large russet or 5 yukon potatoes (washed)
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of kosher salt
  • 1- 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 to 7 slices bacon -cooked and crumbled (or 1/2 cup bacon bits)
  • Sour cream, optional
  • Sliced green onions, optional


Pre-heat oven to 400°. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
Wash potatoes and then cut the ends of the potatoes off and discard. Next cut the rest of the potatoes into approximately 1/2 inch slices.
Brush both sides and edges of the potatoes with butter and sprinkle with salt. Place on the foil covered pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until fork tender. Turn potatoes onto the opposite side after about half way, to brown the other side.
When potatoes are done, top with cheese, bacon and green onions. Continue baking for 3-5 minutes, or until the cheese in nice and bubbly.
Top with a little sour cream and green onions if desired. Enjoy!

Easy potato skins recipe via iheartnaptime.net. These potato rounds are topped with cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon bits and taste great topped with a little sour cream!

Easy potato skins recipe via iheartnaptime.net. These potato rounds are topped with cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon bits and taste great topped with a little sour cream!

Easy potato skins recipe via iheartnaptime.net. These potato rounds are topped with cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon bits and taste great topped with a little sour cream!

SO EASY and SO good!


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  1. Cranberry Morning posted on February 24, 2014 at 8:44 am (#

    The rounds are a good idea, rather than wasting so much potato. And yeah, I love potatoes too! These look delicious. Isn’t it funny how kids don’t like onions. My boys didn’t like onions or peppers, but had no trouble chowing down on salsa – full of onions and peppers. :-)

  2. Mique posted on February 24, 2014 at 9:39 am (#

    I’ve never met a potato I didn’t like either! These look so good.

  3. jen @ Tatertots & Jello posted on February 24, 2014 at 9:41 am (#

    Wow! Those look so good. I am addicted to potatoes :)


  4. Katie @ Made to be a Momma posted on February 24, 2014 at 9:55 am (#

    These look delicious! We are a starchy kind of family! :)

  5. Rebecca Cooper posted on February 24, 2014 at 11:22 am (#

    Oh, I love potato skins! Must give this version a try!! :)

  6. Stephanie posted on February 24, 2014 at 12:11 pm (#

    These look so so delicious (and easy!).

  7. Quincy posted on February 24, 2014 at 1:38 pm (#

    I don’t eat potatoes too much anymore because of the carbs, but I received some in my last Bountiful basket so I’ve been needing to use them up. These look amazing!

  8. Alison posted on February 24, 2014 at 4:21 pm (#

    I love this idea so much more than the way we normally make potato skins in our house. Our way is a whole lot more work, and if I don’t make mashed potatoes in a couple days, a bunch of potato guts gets wasted. Thanks for sharing!!

  9. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on February 24, 2014 at 5:47 pm (#

    Mmm, I’d eat a whole batch of these!

  10. Vanessa posted on February 25, 2014 at 8:01 am (#

    Love that recipe because potatoes are my favorite food but I am a vegetarian so I think I will skip the bacon slices. Hmm looks so yummy!!! http://www.thegodwithinu.com/

    • Jamielyn posted on February 25, 2014 at 12:54 pm (#

      Potatoes are my favorite food too! These would be yummy with any baked potato topping, so many possibilities! :)

  11. LINDA posted on February 25, 2014 at 9:01 am (#

    They look great and I bet you could prep them to the point of adding the toppings ahead of time and then finish them up later

  12. Pat C. posted on February 25, 2014 at 6:00 pm (#

    You are brilliant! Potato skins are my go-to appetizer when eating out, but I never wanted to go to the trouble of making them at home. This version looks like a cinch!! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.; )♥

  13. Kristyn posted on February 26, 2014 at 11:50 am (#

    HUGE fan of potato dishes – totally going to try these!! THX! Pinned!

  14. capturing joy with kristen duke posted on February 27, 2014 at 9:48 am (#

    Just pinned, can’t wait to try!

  15. lorraine williamson posted on February 28, 2014 at 9:42 pm (#

    love this recipe always looking for the types you find in restaurants that i can make at home thanks for sharing now following on google+ and other social media

    • Jamielyn posted on March 3, 2014 at 12:57 pm (#

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Lorraine! I love creating delicious recipes that you can make at home for cheaper too! Hope you have a great day! :)

      • Name posted on May 20, 2014 at 5:29 pm (#

        I am making these for a wedding reception. Could they be made the night before and then reheated with the cheese and bacon the day of?

      • Jamielyn posted on June 3, 2014 at 6:04 pm (#

        Yes definitely! My mom always makes them the night before and then refrigerates them before the second baking. Then she will back them the second time right before dinner! :)

  16. Barbara Spiegelman posted on June 14, 2014 at 8:33 pm (#

    I had a yen for potato skins but didn’t want the hustle of the whole baking potatoes (ok, how lazy is that?) but remembered you had a “better” recipe. Tracked it down and you are now a permanent part of my recipe file. Thank you from the lazy cooks of the world!

    • Jamielyn posted on July 2, 2014 at 4:47 pm (#

      Haha i’m glad you found it! This is definitely a delicious and easy way to get the same taste! :)

  17. The Activity Mom posted on July 9, 2014 at 5:46 pm (#

    Yum! I’m trying this recipe tonight, but I’m going to substitute sweet potatoes.

    • Jamielyn posted on July 10, 2014 at 1:26 pm (#

      Yum, that sounds delicious! Let me know how it goes, I haven’t tried it with sweet potatoes before!

  18. torrie posted on August 11, 2014 at 10:54 pm (#

    i made these tonight i had every thing but the green onions so i cut up 2 jalapenos insted (i love spicy food)  also added pepper jack cheese on top. a hint for anyone with a deep fryer cook the  bacon in that about 2 minutes it shrivels up small cooked and makes it easier to crumble. great recipe :)

    • Jamielyn posted on August 13, 2014 at 6:50 pm (#

      Love the spicy twist Torrie, thanks for sharing! :)

  19. Melanie Goodman posted on August 15, 2014 at 2:18 pm (#

    These look Fab! I am over run with potatoes at the moment – wondering, do you think these would freeze well for later? Should I cook the potatoes half way? Any suggestions? I can’t wait to make these!!

    • Jamielyn posted on September 11, 2014 at 12:15 am (#

      Hi Melanie! I have never tried freezing these before. If you have frozen other potatoes, I assume it would work the same! :)

  20. Teresa posted on September 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm (#

    I’m looking forward to trying these!

  21. Kathy posted on October 19, 2014 at 3:48 pm (#

    Has anyone made these yet?

  22. Vikki posted on December 28, 2014 at 10:59 am (#

    How about boiling the potato instead of baking? Much quicker. Maybe 3/4 of the way. Then bake the rest. Just a suggestion.

    • Jamielyn posted on January 6, 2015 at 2:32 pm (#

      That would probably work great too Vikki. Thanks for the idea!

  23. Kristi posted on January 12, 2015 at 11:19 am (#

    Can I use olive  oil in place of butter?

  24. Maria posted on January 14, 2015 at 7:42 pm (#

    I am baking them now but I am using Sweet potatoes instead! Also I don’t bake/cook with tinfoil anymore after reading about the toxins that come from heated tinfoil so I just wiped my baking sheet down with olive oil – Great quick recipe! Thxs for sharing!

    • Jamielyn posted on January 14, 2015 at 11:15 pm (#

      Mmm sweet potatoes would be delicious! Let us know how it goes! :)

  25. Maria posted on January 14, 2015 at 11:21 pm (#

    Well the sweet potatoes tasted awesome with the bacon however the skin around the sweet potatoes is much tougher to chew then your normal baking potato so I just pulled the skin off but it turned out great and tasted SOOO good! :-)

  26. cynthia stenger posted on January 22, 2015 at 8:05 pm (#

    can’t wait to try some of your recipes!!!

  27. Corey posted on February 1, 2015 at 2:24 am (#

    brought sine potatoe for 2015 Superbowl,Can I use conola oil spy to make potato skin?

  28. Linda posted on March 5, 2015 at 8:45 pm (#

    Made these tonite – quick, easy and delicious!

  29. Joan posted on April 27, 2015 at 6:10 pm (#

    Great recipe, I made them with sweet potatoes and ate them plain and they were delicious.  I added the cheese, but I did not care for the combination. On the plain slices, without cheese, I tried a little brown sugar and it was good, I then added crushed walnuts on top of the brown sugar and it is a keeper!  As Maria posted, the sweet potato skins were a bit tough so I pulled them off too. Thanks

  30. Miriam Slee posted on April 27, 2015 at 7:54 pm (#

    We made these tonight, and they were delicious!  My husband was in heaven!

  31. Vicki Moore posted on May 22, 2015 at 9:23 am (#

    Has anyone tried making these outdoors on the grill?

  32. cherrie posted on July 16, 2015 at 8:23 pm (#

    Your recipes sound delicious. Looking forward to receiving more

  33. Sharon Touart posted on July 17, 2015 at 11:56 am (#

    Potato skins look awesome, plus with being Celiac I can eat them!!!

  34. leoner norman posted on August 18, 2015 at 12:43 pm (#

    these look so good

  35. Rick morgan posted on September 17, 2015 at 9:55 pm (#

    Just finished eating those skins best me and my wife have EVER had and i order them as an app at many resteraunts i will have to go with something else because they dont compare with yours great recipe thank you from one foodie to another

  36. Pua posted on September 25, 2015 at 3:15 pm (#

    Just made this as an afternoon snack and it was delicious and oh so easy to make! Definitely on the husband-approved list :)

  37. Chritina posted on October 8, 2015 at 9:06 pm (#

    This was a great idea my aunt saw it on facebook and i came here to make it for my brother and myself. They came out great!! I used diffrent cheese and it still came out good.

  38. Sarah posted on December 2, 2015 at 10:29 am (#

    Hi – you mentioned you could make these ahead. Just wondering. Do you go ahead and bake the whole way through the recipe and just reheat? Or do you stop after you add the toppings and wait for the next day to melt them? Thanks

    • I Heart Naptime posted on December 2, 2015 at 2:40 pm (#

      I would premake up to the toppings, but really both ways would work! :)

  39. sandra posted on December 19, 2015 at 12:04 pm (#

    These  are  so good ! Just  made some and they are already  gone .  Gonna  make  some  for Christmas  party . 

  40. Torey posted on January 6, 2016 at 11:53 pm (#

    Thanks for the recipe! We made it on New Years Eve, and I’m talking about it on my blog today! I’m linking the recipe back to your page :) 

    • I Heart Naptime posted on January 7, 2016 at 7:04 am (#

      Excellent! :)

  41. Big Fan posted on January 12, 2016 at 8:33 pm (#

    Are these still good at room temperature or do you have to eat them warm?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on January 13, 2016 at 11:08 am (#

      These are still good at room temperature, and great for parties!

  42. Stephanie posted on February 7, 2016 at 7:18 pm (#

    Made these for Super Bowl today! Amazing, thanks for the great recipe!

  43. Grace posted on April 6, 2016 at 6:39 pm (#

    Hello, may I know if I can use sea salt instead of kosher salt?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on April 6, 2016 at 9:17 pm (#

      Definitely! Use the salt that you prefer. :)

  44. Beth posted on August 18, 2016 at 12:09 pm (#

    I just made these last night. Thanks for sharing; these are an EASY way to do potatoes, and it was a quick yummy meal!

  45. Jackie posted on August 31, 2016 at 3:46 pm (#

    has anyone tried to freeze these? My husband loves potato skins so I wanted to make a bunch and keep them in the freezer for him so he can warm them up when he wants. Then we can stop buying the boxes of frozen ones from the grocery store!

    • I Heart Naptime posted on September 1, 2016 at 7:15 am (#

      I haven’t tried, but I bet you could! The would be delicious reheated in the oven or toaster oven!

  46. Tracy Hedden posted on September 24, 2016 at 7:04 pm (#

    These were awsome.  My husband gobbled them up.  I think these would be amazing as an great appetizer say on new years or a night when you have a bunch of people over and you are serving a bunch of appretizers.  

  47. Ducks n a Row posted on October 6, 2016 at 1:16 pm (#

    This looks utterly delicious! We are going to make some this weekend ♥

  48. Christine Trebendis posted on October 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm (#

    Made these tonight…delish!

  49. Andrea posted on December 28, 2016 at 7:56 pm (#

    Easy and delicious!

  50. AP posted on January 8, 2017 at 8:03 pm (#

    Yum. Whole family liked it. Good football food. Takes awhile to cook but so does all potato recipes.

    • I Heart Naptime posted on January 9, 2017 at 7:11 am (#

      Yay, I’m glad you and your family enjoyed it! :)

  51. Cate B. posted on February 8, 2017 at 9:39 pm (#

    Hey, I’m making these for my wedding! Would they be okay if I cooked them one day and then severed them cold the next?

    • I Heart Naptime posted on February 9, 2017 at 8:30 am (#

      Hi Catie! That’s up to you – they will be delicious either way!

  52. Amanda posted on July 13, 2017 at 4:15 am (#

    I love this recipe! I have made it several times at home for myself and the hubby, and I wanted to take it as my dish to pass at my family reunion.

    My question is, if I cook them in advance, do you think I could warm them up on tin foil on the grill at the party? 

    • Jamielyn posted on July 14, 2017 at 9:30 pm (#

      Hi Amanda! I would probably recommend doing the first step in advance and then adding the toppings to warm up on the grill. Should work great! :)

  53. Jerry posted on September 4, 2017 at 6:07 pm (#

    Wow…great success. Easy to make and taste great, what more can I say.

    • Jamielyn posted on September 4, 2017 at 10:54 pm (#

      I’m so glad you liked them! They are always a favorite at parties!

  54. Mandy Carpenter posted on November 9, 2017 at 3:30 am (#

    What a great idea! I’m scaling WAY down for Thanksgiving this year, and have decided to forgo a potato side (I know, sacrilege!) These little bites should satisfy the need my husband and kids have for a potato dish, and could easily be scaled down for a pre-dinner snack for the 4 of us!

    • Jamielyn posted on November 9, 2017 at 3:44 pm (#

      These would be perfect for scaling down! Such an easy and delicious potato dish! :)