Potato Skins "Like" T.G.I. Friday's

Recipe by JustaQT


  • 4
    baking potatoes (medium is fine)
  • 2
    cups shredded cheddar cheese (regular or light)
  • 12
    cup sour cream (regular, light or even fat-free)
  • 1 -2
    tablespoon minced fresh chives or 1 -2 tablespoon minced green onion
  • 14
    cup butter, melted (or use a substitute)
  • 8
    slices bacon, sauteed,drained and crumbled (you can use imitation bits or try the 50% leaner bacon bits)


  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Wash and dry potatoes.
  • Prick in several places and bake for 45 minutes to one hour, until baked through.
  • Let cool enough to handle.
  • While they are cooling, mix the chives with the sour cream and set aside.
  • Make 2 lengthwise cuts through each potato.
  • You'll wind up with three slices.
  • Discard the middle and save for other potato dishes.
  • This gives you two nice sized potato skins for each potato.
  • Scoop out some of the potato from each skin, but leave about 1/4" of the potato inside the skin so it doesn't collapse.
  • Brush with some melted butter (yes, you can use Canola, too).
  • Place on a cookie sheet, skin side up and run under broiler for about 5 minutes, just until edges begin to turn brown.
  • Sprinkle the cheese among the 8 skins.
  • Crumble the bacon and sprinkle it on top of the cheese.
  • Broil for about 2 more minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Serve hot, arranged on a plate surrounded by sour cream chive dip.
  • Other Good Toppings: Don't stop here.
  • Think of your own likes- salsa, green onions, chopped tomatoes, guacamole, etc.