Game day potato skins is an easy appetizer recipe to make ahead for your next football party.  Russet potatoes are baked to perfection, then packed with cheese, bacon, jalapeños, green onion, and sour cream.  Make this for a crowd, or scale it down for two.  This wonderful snack is great for kids, too!

Prep Time: 30 minutes
plate of potato skins
Appetizers, Potato Side Dishes

How to Make Game Day Potato Skins

Craving potatoes, but not sure what to make?  Try this recipe on how to make game day potato skins.  It’s a classic your family and friends will love!

holding one of the potato skins

How do you clean potato skins?

  • Rinse potatoes with cold running water.
  • Scrub with a vegetable brush.
  • Rinse again to get all the dirt off.
  • Pat dry with a clean towel.

plate of potato skins

How do I make crispy potato skins?

  • Brush the insides and outsides with olive oil or melted butter.
  • Bake in a hot oven at 425 F on the middle rack.
  • Turn the potatoes skin side up on a foil lined tray and bake for 8 to 15 minutes.
  • Turn the potatoes flesh side up and bake for another 8 to 15 minutes.

holding the plate of potato skins

What else can I top my potato skins with?

  • pizza toppings like pepperoni, mozzarella, mushrooms, and sausage (serve with marinara sauce)
  • scrambled eggs, onions, and green pepper (serve with hot sauce)
  • chili with cheese
  • buffalo chicken dip
  • black beans, guacamole, and red onion (serve with salsa)

How to Make Game Day Potato Skins

Gather all the ingredients.  Cook and crumble the bacon, chop the green onion, and grate the cheese.

ingredients for potato skins

While the oven is heating up to 425 F, scrub the potatoes under running water, then pat dry with a clean kitchen towel.  Rub olive oil on the potatoes, then place them on a foil lined baking tray.

potatoes on a cookie sheet for potato skins

Bake for 45 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack for 20 minutes.

baked potatoes on a cooling rack for potato skins

Slice each potato in half horizontally.

baked potatoes sliced in half for potato skins

Scoop out the insides with a spoon, leaving a quarter inch border around the edge.  Brush the insides with olive oil and sprinkle on salt, black pepper, and smoked paprika.

potato skins on a cookie sheet before baking

Turn the potatoes over and brush the skin with olive oil.  Bake for 8 to 15 minutes at 425 F.

brushing oil on the potato skins

Flip the potatoes over and bake for 8 to 15 minutes at 425 F.

baked potato skins on a cookie sheet

Sprinkle the cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon over the potatoes and bake for 4 minutes.  If you want to make these ahead, stop after this step.  Let them cool, then cover and refrigerate until needed.

bacon and cheese stuffed potato skins

Sprinkle on the minced fresh jalapeño peppers to add some heat and color.  Add more salt and black pepper.

sprinkling jalapeno pepper inside the potato skins

Sprinkle on the sliced green onion, and if desired, put a dollop of sour cream in the middle.  Serve warm.

putting sour cream inside the potato skins

Does looking at these pictures, inspire you to make your own potato skins?  I hope so.  They are easy to make, and oh so addicting.

Pro Tips

  • Try dipping sauces like sriracha mayo, homemade ranch dressing, salsa, guacamole, or marinara sauce.
  • If you want it spicier, drizzle sriracha sauce over the potato skins.
  • If you want loaded potato skins, just pile on more toppings.
  • Short on time?  Prick the potatoes and cook in the microwave for 10 minutes.  Slice, scoop, and crisp up in the oven.
  • Make ahead until the cheese and bacon step, then cover and refrigerate.  Reheat on a baking tray at 425F, then add the rest of the toppings.

Be the star of your football party with these other delicious appetizers.

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plate of potato skins

How to Make Game Day Potato Skins


  • Author: Brooke
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16 potato skins
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Game day potato skins is an easy appetizer recipe to make ahead for your next football party.  Russet potatoes are baked to perfection, then packed with cheese, bacon, jalapeños, green onion, and sour cream.  Make this for a crowd, or scale it down for two.  This wonderful snack is great for kids, too!


Ingredients

  • 8 medium-sized russet potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 3 cups extra sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 pound thickly sliced bacon
  • 1/3 cup jalapeno, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup green onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.  Line a heavy baking tray or roasting pan with aluminum foil.
  2. Scrub the potatoes with a vegetable brush under running water.  Dry each potato with a clean towel. Use your hands to coat the potato skins with one tablespoon of olive oil.  Bake the potatoes on the tray for 40 minutes.
  3. Let the potatoes cool on a wire rack until they are cool enough to handle–roughly 20 minutes.  Then, cut the potatoes in half lengthwise.  Use a spoon carefully scoop out the flesh, leaving a quarter inch border all around.  Use the flesh for another recipe like these sour cream mashed potatoes.
  4. Place the potatoes back on the baking tray.  Brush the insides and outsides with oil.  Place flesh side down on the tray and bake for 8 to 10 minutes to get the outsides crispy, then flip them over with a pair of tongs.  Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika, then bake for another 8 to 10 minutes or until crispy.  If you want them extra crispy, bake them longer.
  5. Remove from the oven, then sprinkle the cheese and bacon inside each potato skin.  Place back in oven for 4 minutes to melt the cheese and warm up the crumbled bacon.
  6. Sprinkle on more salt and black pepper, diced jalapenos, and green onions.  Place a spoonful of sour cream in the middle.  Serve immediately.

Notes

  • To make it spicier, drizzle on our sriracha mayo.  Grab the recipe here.
  • Try dipping these potato skins in homemade ranch dressing.  Check out the recipe notes on our buffalo chicken dip to get the recipe.

Keywords: potato, game day, super bowl

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