We went the classic route with cheese, sour cream, and chives, but you can top these crisp and delicious potato skins any way you like.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees, with rack in center position.

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  • Prick potatoes several times with a fork and bake until potatoes can be easily pierced with a toothpick, about 1 hour.

  • Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Chop bacon and set aside.

  • Raise oven temperature to 450 degrees.

  • When cool enough to handle, halve potatoes lengthwise and scoop out flesh, leaving 1/4 inch flesh still attached to skins. Reserve scooped flesh for another use.

  • Brush both sides of skins with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on a rimmed baking sheet skin side down and bake until crisp and golden, 10 minutes.

  • Top with cheeses and bacon and return to oven 5 minutes more, until cheese is melted and bubbly.

  • Garnish with sour cream and chives and serve immediately.

Reviews (2)

48 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2011
These were a big hit in our house. I made them for company and there were no leftovers. What I really love is that they are easy to make and delicious to eat.
Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2011
These were simple and delicious. Nice and crispy without being fried. Try with homemade tomato soup---makes a great meal.