Cheesy Baked Potato Skins


These cheesy potato skins are so good, and easy to make. We have these twice a month on appetizer night, and my kids are always sure to remind me to make them.

baked potatoes with scallions
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
8 potato skins


  • 4 large baking potatoes

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ¼ teaspoon paprika

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 8 slices cooked bacon, crumbled

  • 1 ½ cups shredded Cheddar cheese

  • ½ cup sour cream

  • 4 medium green onions, diced


  1. Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Prick potatoes several times with a fork and place onto a baking sheet.

  2. Bake in the preheated oven until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Let cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.

  3. Increase oven temperature to 475 degrees F (245 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with foil.

  4. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise; scoop out the flesh using a melon baller leaving 1/4 inch in the shell. Reserve flesh for another use.

  5. Combine oil, Parmesan cheese, salt, garlic power, paprika, and pepper in a bowl. Brush over both sides of the potato skins. Place on the prepared baking sheet.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 7 minutes. Flip and continue to bake until crisp, about 7 minutes more. Remove from the oven; sprinkle with bacon pieces and Cheddar cheese. Bake until cheese is melted, about 2 minutes. Top with sour cream and green onions.

Cook's Note:

You can use Colby cheese instead of Cheddar.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of potato flesh. The actual amount of potato flesh consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

393 Calories
22g Fat
34g Carbs
16g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 393
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 613mg 27%
Total Carbohydrate 34g 12%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 16g
Vitamin C 38mg 190%
Calcium 239mg 18%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 915mg 19%

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

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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