Baked Potato Skins w/Bacon

by zesty on November 18, 2011 · 12 comments

A Friday treat is hear for all! Well not all but everyone who loves potatoes, cheese and bacon. Heck even if you don’t love bacon, I am pretty sure you will still love these little bits of comfort.  Some days when you get home from work or are sitting on the couch taking a breather, comfort food is all you need.  Whether it is your favorite fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, some chocolate cake or baked potato skins and bacon – food can definitely change your mood.

Despite these skins taking a little bit of effort – the end results are well worth the effort.


  • 6 Large baking potatoes
  • 1/4 Tsp.salt
  • 1/4 Tsp. pepper
  • 1 Cup Cheddar cheese, Swiss or Asiago cheese
  • 6 slices slices bacon, cooked
  • 3 Green onions, chopped


  1. Scrub potatoes; prick several times with fork. Bake in 450°F (230°C) oven until tender, about 1 hour. Let stand until cool enough to handle. (Make-ahead: Let cool completely; refrigerate in airtight container for up to 2 days.)
  2. Cut lengthwise in half; scoop out flesh, leaving 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick walls (reserve flesh for another use, such as soup or mashed potatoes).
  3. Arrange, cut side up, on baking sheet; sprinkle with salt and pepper, then cheese.
  4. Bake in 450°F (230°C) oven until cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.
  5. Top with bacon and green onions and serve immediately.
  6. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: For an extra kick, you can add some crushed red pepper flakes or chili powder to give it a little heat or you can have sour cream on the side spiked with hot sauce.

I don’t mean to cut this short but let me tell you these potato skins are pretty darn yummy and I would like for you to try them… ok?    Let me know what you think of them after you make them.

Take care


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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jenny Flake

This recipe ROCKS! Nice!


2 Megan

Lovin the idea of sour cream spiked with hot sauce!


3 Danica

I like how you scooped out the insides to make them extra crispy – I never even though to do that. Delicious…then again, isn’t everything better with bacon :D!


4 Rachel ~ A Southern Fairytale

I love these.
We make them frequently!
Your pics look fantastic, as always!!!!

I make these with salmon and dipping sauce. YUM


5 Jeff @ Food+Heat

I’ve got to work this into my meal plan for the week.


6 Sues

These look beautiful and perfectly crispy!! I love that!


7 Kimba

I’m with Megan, sour cream and Valentia sauce. YUM!


8 Marianne

Strangely, I’ve never made potato skins before. Crazy eh?


9 DailyChef

These look delicious! I’ve never made potato skins myself either, though I’ve eaten quite a few!


10 Cynthia

Oh yeah!


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