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Half-Time Skins

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Half-Time Skins
1 dozen
1 Hr 5 Min

Everyone loves potato skins, especially on game days. Our recipe for Half-Time Skins will teach you how to make the perfect crispy potato skins. When they're done, just set them out with all the must-have toppings (everything from chili and cheese to crumbled bacon and sour cream) and let them chow down!

What You'll Need

  • 6 small Idaho Russet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a baking pan with cooking spray. Brush each potato lightly with oil and place in pan.
  2. Bake 45 to 50 minutes, or until fork-tender. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out centers, leaving 1/4 inch of potato attached to the skin. Save the scooped out part for another use.
  3. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, paprika, and remaining oil. Lightly brush inside of hollowed out potatoes with mixture.
  4. Bake 20 to 25 more minutes, or until crispy.


  • Serve these up with sour cream, scallions, salsa, guacamole, shredded Jack or cheddar cheese, chili, and crumbled bacon and let everyone make their own creation.
  • Go ahead and use small potatoes to make a mini version of these appetizers that you can just pop in your mouth.

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I actually did this for the Super Bowl this year! I was not a very good potato scooper in the beginning, but I eventually got the hang of it. I wound up saving the center part in a tupperware dish and mixed in my leftover toppings for a makeshift baked potato "salad" to eat for lunch the next day. I would definitely do this again!

I'd be inclined to serve these with creamed chipped beef, or sausage gravy, etc for a hot dish. Be great with cheese soup, too,

Super easy to make .... Great game day food:))))

Did it, loved it........ EASY!!!! Now I know when I order them out how easy and in-expensive they CAN be!!! Thank you for the recipe.

This would be good to try for superbowl!


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