Baked Potato Skins

potato skins - game day recipes

The ultimate crowd pleaser

Game day food needs to be easy to make, easy to eat, and above all else, DELICIOUS! So look no further because theses Party Approved Potato Skins are everything you need.

easy potato skins

These one bite potato skins are guaranteed to turn your guest’s eyes away from the TV and straight onto you! But you better be ready because they’ll be looking at you asking for seconds and thirds.

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. Whereas this recipe serves up all the deliciousness that comes with traditional potato skins, but delivers it in an easy to eat, easy to make, crowd pleasing, single bite! Whomp- there it is!

How to Make Potato Skin Bites

Slice the potatoes in 1/8″ inch rounds, brush on olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, flip, repeat, 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.

You could get seriously creative with the toppings on these potato bites, but I like to keep it simple.

When it comes to what kind of potatoes to use, I tested out a few different types 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.

The testing didn’t stop there. 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!

Feasters Tip

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.

Baked Potato Skin Bites

The ultimate game day recipe! 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Appetizer


  • red skinned new potatoes
  • olive oil, salt, pepper
  • Colby jack or other good melting cheese
  • fresh bacon bits
  • scallions
  • ranch dressing


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Slice red skinned potatoes in 1/8″ rounds 
  • Brush on Olive oil, sprinkle with salt & pepper. Flip and repeat. Bake for about 25 minutes. Flip and bake for about another 15 until cooked through and browned nicely. 
  • Transfer to an oven proof serving dish (optional) Top with a good melting cheese such as colby jack and fresh bacon bits. Bake until cheese melts. 
  • Top with scallions and ranch dressing. Serve hot. Enjoy!


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.

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