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Cheesy Potato Skins

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 1 hr 41 min
  • Ingredients 5
  • Servings 8
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Broiled spud shells transform into crispy and delicious appetizers!
by Qué Rica Vida Cocina
Updated Feb 24, 2010
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  • 4 large potatoes (2 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese (4 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 8 medium green onions, sliced (1/2 cup)


  • 1
    Heat oven to 375°F. Pierce potatoes to allow steam to escape. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until tender. Let stand until cool enough to handle. Cut potatoes lengthwise into fourths; carefully scoop out pulp, leaving 1/4-inch shells. Save potato pulp for another use.
  • 2
    Set oven control to broil. Place potato shells, skin sides down, on rack in broiler pan. Brush with butter.
  • 3
    Broil with tops 4 to 5 inches from heat about 5 minutes or until crisp and brown. Sprinkle with cheese. Broil about 30 seconds or until cheese is melted. Serve hot with sour cream and onions.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    For just 8 grams of fat and 180 calories per serving, decrease the cheese to 1/2 cup and use fat-free sour cream.
  • tip 2
    The next day, microwave the leftover potato insides and top with sour cream and chopped fresh chives or green onions for a quick side dish.
  • tip 3
    To "bake" potatoes in the microwave, pierce potatoes with a fork, and arrange potatoes about 1 inch apart in circle on microwavable paper towel. Microwave uncovered on High 15 to 20 minutes or until tender.
  • tip 4
    Turn this appetizer into a meal by making Cheesy Ranch Potato Skins. After brushing the potato shells with butter, sprinkle with garlic powder and broil about 5 minutes as directed. Top with finely chopped cooked chicken and the cheese, and broil about 30 seconds until the cheese is melted. Sprinkle with Betty Crocker® Bac~Os® bacon flavor bits, and serve with ranch dressing instead of the sour cream. Omit the green onions.

Nutrition Information

265 Calories, 13 g Total Fat, 7 g Protein, 35 g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
13 g
Saturated Fat
6 g
25 mg
440 mg
550 mg
Total Carbohydrate
35 g
Dietary Fiber
5 g
7 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
2 Starch; 2 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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  • Broiled spud shells transform into crispy and delicious appetizers!
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