Potato Skins

Potato skins done

A while back, I made a pot of Baked Potato Soup.  That recipe calls just for the fluffy middles of the potatoes.  I decided to freeze the skins to use another time.  It worked great.  I froze them in a ziplock bag and then let them thaw on the counter for a while before baking.  There was a bit of frost inside the skins, so I used a spoon to gently scrape it off.

I altered the method used by Simply Recipes to make the potato skins.  Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • potato skins (I had 8 skins from 4 potatoes)
  • cheddar cheese, shredded
  • bacon, crumbled
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • green onions and sour cream if you like (I was out of both)

Brush olive oil over the potato skins, inside and out.  Sprinkle with salt.  Bake them at 450 degrees for 10 minutes.  Turn them over and bake for another 10 minutes.

Pull them out of the oven and fill them with cheese and bacon.  I coulda/shoulda put in more cheese than I did, but they were still fine.  Pop them under the broiler for a couple minutes to melt the cheese.  Serve with sour cream and green onions.

We had these with a pot of Mel’s Diner Chili.  I felt like I was eating in a restaurant.  Yum!

On a completely unrelated note, are you done with your Christmas shopping?  I’m not.  I tried to finish today, but I just couldn’t.  It didn’t help that I put things in my cart, drove them around the store and then decided to ditch it all walking out without a thing.

Are you a last minute shopper or have you had it all done for weeks?

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  1. Those potatoes look delish and they’d be a perfect side dish to chili. I hope I remember that next time I make chili.

    Gifts are bought and wrapped but only finished as of Saturday. Bought the last of the holiday groceries yesterday. I think I’m r.eady

  2. these look good. I made the baked potato soup, but my skins were ugly by the time I scraped them clean. I will try it again.

    Im done, but thats only because things are very tight this year and my family decided not to exchange gifts. I bought and wrapped two presents for my husband. I did that on Saturday. normally though, I do most of my shopping early in November and the beginning of December, and then save two or three people to freak out about on December 23rd. =) its exciting that way.

  3. I’m going to make these too – they look great.

    I’ve been done with my shopping for a couple of weeks. To preserve what little sanity I have left, I have to shop fairly early and be done with all the craziness – otherwise my family would probably have to kick me out of the house…..

    I decided to knit one more scarf though and should be done with that tomorrow night. It’s a great looking stitch and works up in 2 nights with one skein of yarn – my kind of project!

  4. Yum, I may try these and the chili for New Year’s Eve!

  5. Great idea Tiffany! I should remember that when I bake potatoes, I could just make a big batch and freeze the skins for a quick and easy snack or meal : )

  6. Made the baked potato soup today! Yummm! Great for a fall day. Making the chili and potato skins tomorrow! Prepped and ready to go! :) I love your website!!!

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