Delicious and Nostalgic: Grandma’s Perfect Potato Skins Recipe!

Oct 21, 2023 | Appetizers & Snacks

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The humble potato. A versatile and beloved vegetable that has found its way into countless recipes throughout history. Today, I want to delve into the world of potato skins, a dish that holds a special place in my heart.

Growing up, my grandmother would make potato skins every Sunday for our family dinner. It became a cherished tradition, filled with laughter, stories, and, of course, delicious food. These crispy yet tender bites were a true delight for the taste buds, and they quickly became my favorite part of the meal.

As I grew older, I often found myself craving that nostalgic taste of my grandmother’s potato skins. So, I embarked on a quest to recreate her recipe. After many trials and errors, I finally discovered the perfect balance of flavors and textures that brought back those cherished memories.

And now, I am excited to share my perfected recipe with you. So let’s dive in!

– 4 large russet potatoes
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– Salt and pepper to taste
– 4 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
– 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
– 1/2 cup sour cream
– 2 green onions, thinly sliced


Step 1: Prep the Potatoes

Start by preheating your oven to 400°F (200°C). Wash the potatoes thoroughly and pat them dry. Then, using a fork, poke several holes into each potato. This will allow steam to escape while they bake, preventing any potential potato explosions.

Prepping the Potatoes

Step 2: Bake the Potatoes

Rub each potato with olive oil and sprinkle them generously with salt and pepper. Place the potatoes directly on the oven rack and bake for approximately 60 minutes, or until the skins are crispy and the insides are fork-tender.

Baking the Potatoes

Step 3: Scoop and Stuff

Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut them in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, carefully scoop out the flesh, leaving about 1/4 inch of potato attached to the skin. Save the scooped-out flesh for another use, such as mashed potatoes.

Place the potato skins on a baking sheet, skin side down. Brush the insides of each skin with a bit of olive oil, then sprinkle them with salt and pepper to taste. This will help them crisp up even more in the next step.

Step 4: Crisp and Melt

Preheat your oven’s broiler to high. Place the prepared potato skins under the broiler for about 2-3 minutes, or until they start to get golden brown and crispy. Keep a close eye on them, as they can quickly go from golden to burnt.

Once the skins are crisp, remove them from the oven and sprinkle each one with a generous amount of shredded cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon.

Step 5: The Finishing Touches

Place the potato skins back under the broiler for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and is bubbly. Watch them closely to prevent burning.

Remove the potato skins from the oven and let them cool for a minute or two. Top each one with a dollop of sour cream, followed by a sprinkle of thinly sliced green onions.

Now, it’s time to dig in and enjoy these delightful potato skins. They can be served as a delicious appetizer, a side dish, or even the star of your main course.

Tips and Variations:
– Feel free to get creative with your toppings! Try adding some diced jalapeños for a spicy kick or experiment with different types of cheese.
– For a vegetarian variation, skip the bacon and add sautéed mushrooms, diced bell peppers, or even a sprinkle of smoked paprika for added flavor.
– Want to make these potato skins even more indulgent? Add a drizzle of truffle oil before serving for a touch of luxury.
– Don’t throw away the scooped-out potato flesh! Save it for another recipe, such as mashed potatoes or potato soup. Waste not, want not!

I hope this recipe brings as much joy and nostalgia into your life as it has in mine. Happy cooking!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 potato skin

Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 220
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
  Saturated Fat 6g 30%
  Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 265mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
  Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
  Sugars 1g  
Protein 7g  
Vitamin A 6% Vitamin C 10%
Calcium 15% Iron 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

  Calories: 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
  Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g
  Dietary Fiber 25g 30g
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