Easy Baked Potato Skin Bites

Traditional potato skins are typically hollowed out halves of whole potatoes, loaded with cheese, bacon and served with sour cream. They require a fork and knife to eat and a deep fryer to make. It’s a boat load of work in the average home kitchen. This recipe serves up all the deliciousness that comes with traditional potato skins, but delivers in it a easy to eat, easy to make, crowd pleasing, single bite! Whomp- there it is!

The steps are so easy! Slice the potatoes in 1/8″ inch rounds, brush on olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, bake, transfer skins to an oven proof serving platter, top with cheese and bacon, pop back in oven until cheese melts and garnish with scallions and ranch dressing. Serve.

Here is what you need for this recipe: potatoes, bacon, a good melting cheese, scallions, ranch dressing and an oven safe platter. (You could get seriously creative with the toppings on these potato bites, but I like to keep it simple.)

I tested out a few different kinds of potatoes for this recipe and the clear winner was the Red Skinned Potato. It had a much better flavor and consistency than its friends the Russet and The Yukon Gold. Note: When selecting your Red Potatoes, try to pick ones of similar size. This will help out with plating.

I also tested out a few cheeses. I crowned Colby Jack the winner due to flavor profile, the melting quality, and the presentation of blended white and orange color. You can use any good melting cheese you wish, but make sure to grate your own. Pre-shredded cheeses contain unnecessary additives which prevent them from melting well and you want your cheese to melt into ewy-gooey deliciousness.

And if you can believe it- there is something that makes this recipe even better! You can make it in advance!  Simply bake the potatoes as directed, let cool and store until ready for use. They will remain good for at least one day. Prepare all remaining ingredients and store until ready for use. When you are ready to serve, simply assemble, bake and serve. This makes this recipe the ultimate party recipe.

You can scale this recipe up or down in quantity based on your needs. The process is the same.  For reference, a sheet pan can hold about 5 red potatoes which feeds about 3-4 people as an appetizer.

Easy Baked Potato Skin Bites

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 40-50 mins
Level: easy

Ingredients

  • Red skinned potatoes- sliced into 1/8" rounds
  • Fresh cooked bacon- cooked until crispy, cooled and crumbled
  • Sliced scallions
  • Ranch dressing
  • Colby Jack cheese - shredded
  • Olive oil, salt, pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Place potato rounds in a single layer on a parchment covered baking tray
  3. Brush on olive oil using a basting brush
  4. Sprinkle lightly with salt & pepper
  5. Flip potato rounds and repeat oil, salt & pepper.
  6. Bake potatoes for 25 minutes being careful not to burn the bottoms. (I like the bottom rack for this recipe.)
  7. Flip potatoes, rotate baking sheet and bake for another 15 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Lower oven temp to 350 and arrange potatoes on an oven safe platter.
  9. Top potatoes with shredded cheese and bacon crumbles. Place in oven for 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  10. Garnish with scallions and finish with ranch dressing. Serve.

Feasters Tip:

To make in advance, bake the potatoes as directed, let cool and store until ready for use. Prepare all remaining ingredients and store until ready for use. When you are ready to serve, simply assemble on the oven proof platter, bake as instructed, and serve. *Be careful- the oven proof platter will be hot!