Seriously, who doesnt love potato skins? They are my favorite. I always like to find fun ways to change up existing foods. So I created these savory "cupcakes". The only problem is that when I make these "snack size " potato skins, everyone wants at least 2.
You could also take this recipe and put it in a 13 x 9 dish and use it as a family side dish. It would even be good for breakfast potatoes. Actualy, we are going camping soon and I plan to make this before we go for an easy premade breakfast.
Step 1: Ingredients
Shredded cheese ( about 8 ounces)
½ of a stick of butter
Sour cream to put on top
Ranch Dressing (optional)
You will also need Wilton silicone cupcake liners.You could probably use paper or foil liners too but I like the durability of the silicone liners. They can also go in the microwave, freezer and dishwasher.
Step 2: Cook the Potatoes and Bacon
To cook the bacon I put it on a foil lined cookie sheet,put it in the oven THEN turn the oven on to 400 degrees and walk away. Come back and check on it in about 15 min. depending on your oven and the thickness of your bacon will determine the cooking time, remember as the bacon gets close to being done it can burn at the blink of an eye.So once it gets close to being done keep a very watchful eye on it.
As you can see I took out my bacon a little early because I can always put it in the microwave for 30 second plus at a time to get it to my preference .
To cook the potatoes, I cut large potatoes into thirds .Then I poke holes in the center of each piece with a fork. Then put them in a gallon size baggie.I put them in for about 6 min. and then check on it about every 2 min. buy sticking the fork in. If the fork goes in easily, they are done.Let them cool really well. Cut the potatoes into bite size cubes.(in fact if you want to cook the potatoes the night before that would be better just because you can get that part out of the way and when you cut the cold potatoes ,the cuts look a little cleaner.)
Step 3: Almost Done
Add your shredded cheese and cut up bacon pieces in to the cubed potatoes. Pour in the melted butter and mix well. If you want extra cheese or extra bacon... go for it. Spoon the mixture in each cupcake liner to the top. Bake at 400 degrees for about 10-15 min.(basicaly you are just crisping up the potatoes because everything is already cooked) Then just top with sour cream or ranch and a cherry tomato.