This Loaded Potato Skins recipe is sponsored by Freiling. All opinions and are my own.
Enjoy this tasty appetizer recipe for Potatoes Skins!
Making these classic loaded potato skins are always a good idea, but for this version, I’ve used my Frieling Air Fryer. Similar to convection ovens, air fryers will cook your food by circulating air around it to create a fried food effect without all of the extra oil.
Air fryers are for more than just making fries, although they are a tasty option, there are so many great recipes you can cook up in an air fryer that you may not have thought of, including this Loaded Baked Potato Skins.
I remember loving a great baked potato with all the goodies, but I hated the skins. I would save the skins for my mom because loved them and then I would get an earful of how all of the nutrition is in the skins. Eventually, I realized that my dislike of potato skins was because I found them boring. Fast forward a bit, and now I have to admit that I actually prefer the potato skins when made like this recipe.
At first, I was intimidated by using an air fryer. But once I jumped in and started using it, I realized how simple it is to use! The recipes you can make in an air fryer are vast, and the food tastes wonderful.
Other great appetizers:
Here’s how to make potato skins in the air fryer:
- 6 medium russet potatoes (about 3 1/2 lbs), scrubbed and baked
- Olive oil
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- 4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
- 4 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
- 6 slices crispy bacon, cut in half or crumbled
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup fresh chives, chopped
- Lemon wedges to garnish, if desired
- This step can be done up to a day in advance: Season the whole potatoes with salt and pepper and a light drizzle of oil, pierce with fork, then bake potatoes in the air fryer according to directions, set at about 400° for 30 - 40 minutes depending on size of potatoes (optional - you can bake in a 375°F oven for about an hour or microwave if preferred).
- Once the potatoes are baked through, knife or fork inserted easily goes through, then allow to cool.
- Set the air fryer to 400°F.
- Slice potatoes in half lengthwise. Scoop out most of the flesh from the inside of the potato, leaving about a 1/4 inch layer of the potato flesh in the skins. (You can use the leftover scooped potato flesh for mashed potatoes).
- Lightly brush the inside and outside of the potato skins with olive oil. Place skin side down in a single layer in the air fryer. Bake in the 400°F preheated air fryer for about 10 minutes or until crisp and golden. Remove from air fryer, add the shredded cheese and bake for an additional 2 - 3 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
- Top with sour cream, crispy bacon and chopped chives and serve.
You can bake the potatoes in advance to save time the day of, just allow to cool, then store in an air tight container in refrigerator until ready to use.
I am able to fit in about 6 skins in a single layer at a time in my air fryer basket, and work in batches, it all depends on the size of the potatoes you use.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 2
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 469 Total Fat: 26g Saturated Fat: 13g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 70mg Sodium: 516mg Carbohydrates: 41g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 4g Protein: 19g
Stacey is a Southern girl with a taste for travel, thriving on the discovery of the world through food. After spending many years traveling and living overseas, she’s now back home in her beloved deep south enjoying life with her three little ones and loving the adventure. She’s a food stylist and food photographer, as well as, the creative behind Little Figgy Food, where she loves to inspire others to try new flavors and foodie techniques.