Potato skins are a classic American appetizer that can easily be made at home. Make these homemade potato skins in your air fryer or oven.
Potato skins are one of my favorite foods that I don’t eat often enough. Like a lot of foods, you can make potato skins as healthy as you want them to be. This version is a classic version but the recipe can be tweaked to your liking. Whole30? Omit the cheese. Hard-core paleo? Use sweet potatoes instead of potatoes. Unfortunately there isn’t a low-carb option since the star of this recipe is potatoes.
What Are Potato skins?
Potato skins are an American appetizer. They’re made from potatoes that have been cooked, halved, hollowed out, & then stuffed with cheese, cooked bacon bits, and green onions and cooked again. Made popular by the restaurant TGI Fridays, potato skins are commonly found on casual dining restaurants menus across the country.
Type Of Potatoes To Use
Potato skins are best made with russet (Idaho) potatoes. While I’m sure you can use a different potato I have not tried.
Baking The Potatoes
You can use your preferred way to bake the potatoes whether it be in the oven for an hour or the microwave for 10 minutes. I used my air fryer to bake my potatoes.
Air Fryer – Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees. Pierce the potatoes a few times over with a fork or knife. Rub the potatoes lightly with oil & bake for approximately 35-40 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked.
Oven – Preheat oven to 400. Pierce the potatoes a few times over with a fork or knife. Rub the potatoes lightly with oil & bake for approximately 60 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked.
Microwave – Pierce the potatoes a few times over with a fork or knife. Rub the potatoes lightly with oil and cook 5 minutes per potato.
What Is An Air Fryer?
An air fryer is an appliance that circulates hot air around food at high-speed, cooking the food and producing a crispy ‘fried’ layer. Air fryers come in various sizes. I have 2 air fryers. Two different brands, two different capacities. One is a 5-quart, the other is a 5.8-quart. What size air fryer you should get depends on your needs. I was able to fit all 8 potato halves in my 5-quart at once.
This is a traditional potato skins recipe so I added cheese, cooked bacon, and green onions. Sky is the limit with potato skins toppings. Sour cream, or even cooked meat can be added.
Freeze For Later
If you want to prep these potato skins for later use you can make the potato shells ahead of time and freeze them. Lay the cooked & hollowed out potato shells flat on a baking sheet & freeze them. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer storage bag. These will last in your freezer for approximately 3 months. The best part is that you can bake the potatoes straight from frozen!
Make These In The Oven
Don’t have an air fryer? No problem these potato skins can also be made in the oven.
- Preheat oven to 450°F. Rub olive oil inside the potato shell or spray with cooking spray. Add a pinch of salt to each potato.
- Place the potatoes on a baking sheet, hollowed out side up. Bake 5 minutes or until the edges start to crisp. Remove potatoes from the oven.
Fill potatoes evenly with bacon, cheese, and green onions. Return the potatoes to the oven for approximately 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Other air fryer recipes you might enjoy:
- 4 medium size russet potatoes, baked
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- Pinch salt & pepper
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
- 4 pieces of bacon, cooked & crumbled
- 1 green onion, sliced
Optional garnish: 1/2 cup sour cream
- Make sure the potatoes are cooked & cooled.
- Cut each potato lengthwise. Using a small spoon, scoop out the flesh leaving 1/4″ left in the shell.
- Preheat air fryer to 350°. Rub the inside the potato shells with olive oil or spray with cooking spray. Add a pinch of salt to each potato.
- Place the potatoes in the air fryer pan, hollowed out side up. Cook 5 minutes or until the edges start to crisp.
- Fill potatoes evenly with bacon, cheese, and green onions.
- Cook for 5 – 7 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
I used a 5.8 quart air fryer with this recipe.
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