Loaded Sweet Potato Skins

Enjoy a big plate of extra crispy, extra loaded sweet potato skins in no time! This game-time favorite is hard to resist.

Simply Loaded Sweet Potato Skins - what a great snack or side for game day!

Football season is here. One of my favorite times of the year for the main reason being: snacks. Snack foods galore. An excuse to make a meal out of snacks and appetizers and dips and beer. Does life get any better?

I am absolutely not affiliated with this company, but have you ever tried these? A relatively healthy choice compared to anything else you’ll find on the shelves these days. I’ve seen them at Wegman’s, Acme, and Whole Foods. Highly recommended.

Simply Loaded Sweet Potato Skins - what a great snack or side for game day!

Speaking of sweet potato snacks, I made these loaded sweet potato skins for the Eagles game last weekend. I wasn’t planning to share the recipe because let’s face it… they’re just potato skins. But that’s exactly why I should share this recipe: cheesy, bacon-topped potato skin goodness. The plate disappeared before 1st quarter had ended.

The best bar food on the planet. Unless you’re from Maryland–> yum, try those.

But seriously. A great potato skin is really everything you want out of comfort food/game food grub. Salty and crispy, with enough starchy weight to satisfy your hunger. My ideal potato skin is cut thin so that it’s not just a twice-baked potato. Nor is it a pencil thin, crunchy piece of potato skin. How disappointing. Rather, the potato should be cooked just right with the best of the best toppings. Crispy real bacon, not bits out of a can. Sour cream, chives, and a whole lotta melted cheese.

And if you love potato skins as much as I do, you have to try them with sweet potatoes. Dare I say they’re even better than regular potato skins. Plus you get all the fiber, vitamin A, and other good stuff. Orange for the win.

Simply Loaded Sweet Potato Skins - what a great snack or side for game day!

Loaded sweet potato skins are so simple. The potatoes are hollowed out, leaving just enough edge, then filled back up with the mashed sweet potato. I highly recommend mashing the sweet potatoes with a little milk to make the filling smooth and extra creamy. Top the filled skins with cheese, bake, add bacon, enjoy.

Crunch, crunch, crunch. The trick for their crisp? After hollowing out the skins, drizzle them with a little olive oil. Or, as I like to call it, the “crisp maker.” Don’t leave it out! Once drizzled, bake the potato skins for about 10 minutes before filling them.

Voila! Extra crispy skins.

When I’m feeling like something a little healthier, I add a little garlicky spinach to the filling. This is how I do it: three handfuls of spinach cooked down on the stove with 1 clove of minced garlic and 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Mash this into the sweet potato filling and fill the hollowed out skins as directed below. Then, I usually top each filled skin with 1 Tablespoon of shredded cheese. And I skip the bacon. Bake, and enjoy with a salad – makes a great, meat-free healthy meal. Try it!

Simply Loaded Sweet Potato Skins - what a great snack or side for game day!

Simply Loaded Sweet Potato Skins - what a great snack or side for game day!

These crispy skins are becoming a game-time staple. Freaking adore them.

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Loaded Sweet Potato Skins

Enjoy a big plate of extra crispy, extra loaded sweet potato skins in no time! This game-time favorite is hard to resist.

Yield: 8 potato skins, may easily be doubled or tripled for a crowd

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup milk1
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I use half sharp cheddar and half mozzarella)
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked until crispy, and crumbled
  • sour cream and chopped chives for serving

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Pierce each sweet potato a few times and bake for 40-50 minutes or until soft. Allow the potatoes to cool slightly. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise.
  2. Reduce oven temperature to 375F degrees. Scoop out sweet potato flesh, leaving a thin layer of sweet potato inside, and add flesh to a medium bowl. Place skins back on the baking sheet face up, drizzle with olive oil and bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Mash the sweet potato flesh with milk, salt, and pepper until smooth and creamy. After 10 minutes, remove the skins from the oven. Fill each with an equal amount of mashed sweet potato and top each with cheese. Bake for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven and top with bacon. Serve with sour cream and chopped chives, if desired.
  4. Skins are best enjoyed immediately. Cover leftovers tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe Notes:

  1. Buttermilk, whole milk, or half-and-half is best. Try to avoid low fat milks. You want a very thick, creamy mash.

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  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks on September 15, 2014 at 3:04 am

    Sally these are some GORGEOUS sweet potatoes! I almost made stuffed sweet potatoes, no joke. But I made honey-roasted instead. I’m editing the pics, the post should be up in an hour. It’s been in my drafts for a month….LOL Great minds 🙂 Yours are the perfect game day snack! pinned

  2. Jessica @ Jessica in the Kitchen on September 15, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Love these stuffed skins! With a house full of football fanatics we will probably be giving these a try.

  3. Caley on September 15, 2014 at 6:20 am

    The garlic-spinach version sounds great for me, since I’m a vegetarian 🙂 I really don’t care about football, but I agree with you that the food can be fun. This is a great fall recipe regardless! Speaking of fall, I have a business trip to Laurel, Maryland at the end of October…I’m hoping the leaves are still pretty, but I’m worried I’ll be too late 🙁

    • Sally on September 15, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Nope, nope – they will be just as gorgeous. We had our engagement photos taken not too far from Laurel in November last year and the leaves were still beautiful.

  4. Mir on September 15, 2014 at 6:35 am

    I’m glad you’re still being loyal to the Maryland bar snacks. 🙂 I’ve really enjoyed my adopted MD culture!
    By the way, that Eagles game last week…wow.
    Anyway, I love the spinach alternative here! Talk about a great way to make it veggie!

    • Sally on September 15, 2014 at 11:50 am

      I know, Mir. Such a great game to watch!!

  5. Julie @ Tastes of Lizzy T on September 15, 2014 at 6:50 am

    These look amazing, Sally! Our kids fight over sweet potatoes, so these would be a huge hit in our house. Pinned and sharing! 🙂

    • Sally on September 15, 2014 at 11:49 am

      Let me know if you try them Julie! Thank you so much

  6. Jade @ Bits & Bobs on September 15, 2014 at 7:42 am

    I’ve never actually eaten sweet potato before… I’ve wanted to try it for some time but I’m very fussy when it comes to trying new foods. With the sweet potatoes, I had no idea where to start. I love stuffed potato skins, and so maybe this ‘healthier’ option would be a great place to start! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    🙂

    • Barbara on September 15, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Jade….you sound a bit like me. I guess I am a bit too old to be this picky, but picky I am. I tried sweet potatoes as a child and did not like them, and never tried them since. These look so good however, I may try them, Or…can’t I just cheat and make it with good old regular potatoes? I may just try that too!

      Gosh, Sally: the great photos on your blog do make me just want to dive in and try even the things that I don’t like. Btw. Just an update, I recently baked your S’more cookie bar cookies and the Snickerdoole white chocolate blondies. Thumbs up from my women’s group, my granddaughter and everyone else who was able to snag some. They were great! Thanks for making me look sooooo good!

  7. Melanie @ Carmel Moments on September 15, 2014 at 8:32 am

    Wow! These are over the top. Pinned.
    And I can’t wait to make them.
    Have a beautiful week!

  8. Jackie on September 15, 2014 at 8:46 am

    I’m going to try these–sweet potatoes are not my favorite, but I think crunchier skins (and cheese and bacon!) might help. The healthier option makes me think these might be good to pack for lunch too–I’m a teacher, so I need something substantial but healthy to get me through the day, and I love knowing there’s something yummy waiting to be warmed up!

    • Sally on September 15, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Jackie, you’ll love my healthier spinach version. So comforting on chilly days – and quite filling, too!

  9. Liz S. on September 15, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Oh my goodness… best-looking potato skins EVER.

  10. Bri | Bites of Bri on September 15, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I’m so glad you did post these. I love sweet potatoes so much and these are the perfect game day snack!

  11. Lynn on September 15, 2014 at 9:35 am

    The “crisp maker,” eh? Is that like a “moist maker,” but the opposite? 😉

    • Sally on September 15, 2014 at 11:05 am

      Hahahahahahahaha I KNEW you would catch that Lynn! I was watching that episode the night before writing this post.

  12. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice on September 15, 2014 at 10:12 am

    I love potato skins, so I can only imagine how good sweet potato skins must be! I love the toppings on here. So perfect for football season!

  13. Jasmine @ A cupcake for my thoughts on September 15, 2014 at 10:46 am

    These look delicious, sweet potatoes are my favourite!!

  14. Eve @ Baking the Day on September 15, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Potato skins are the best food ever but made with sweet potato is even better! My love for regular potatoes has vanished so I have been eating my weight in roasted sweet potato (which has become a bit dull, dare I say it!) This recipe looks amazing, I will definitely do this “makeover” on my sweet potatoes tonight, pinned! 🙂

  15. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) on September 15, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    OMG this looks sensational!

  16. Mira on September 15, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Great to see this healthy football season snack! I’ll probably add some feta cheese to the filling. Awesome pictures as usual. Pinning!

  17. Jessica on September 15, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    These look SO good! I’ve only ever had a regular loaded potato skin, but I hope that by using sweet potatoes I can consider this “healthier” 🙂 Your pictures are beautiful as always and I can’t wait to try these for the next football game!

  18. Laur on September 15, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    These would be great for Monday night football tonight!! Maybe I can get my sweet potato hating dad to love sweet taters (I know!!!). I love crispy skins because they become portable, too. No worries about it drooping while you’re screaming and jumping around in the living room. Ha!

  19. Natalie Munroe on September 15, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Mmm to these.

    I hate football (I know, I know…how unpatriotic of me…) but I do like some of these game-day snacks, so all is not lost.

    1. Maybe a silly question, but when baking the skins for that 10 minute stretch with the olive oil– do they go on the pan face up (like a boat) or face down (like the top of a dome)? Thanks!

    2. Garden of Eatin’ makes a bangin’ sweet potato tortilla chip, too. Give those a whirl. Mmm. (I’m using my slightly stale leftover ones tomorrow as a coating on tilapia. The original recipe called for lime tortilla chips on there but then I looked over at my abnormally neglected bag of sweet potato chips and thought: PERFECT.)

    3. OMG– only 5 days till “I Do!” SOOO exciting! Congrats in advance.

    • Sally on September 15, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      Good question, Natalie! I will add this to the recipe instructions: face up for the skins during those 10 minutes. Not a silly question. I think I’ve tried those garden of eatin’ sweet potato chips. Any sweet potato chip would be so good as a coating for fish or even chicken. Love your thinking. Thanks for the congrats!

  20. Michelle { A Latte Food } on September 15, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    First of all, these look really delicious. I’m just recently coming around to liking sweet potatoes so any fun recipe is a must on my to bake list. Second of all, this totally reminded me of Monica and the “moist maker” on Friends! With the way these look, I’d bet they’d get stolen out of the fridge too! 🙂 Can’t wait to give them a go!

    • Sally on September 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      Hahahahaha I was watching that episode the day before I wrote this post. You ATE my sandwich?

  21. Matea on September 15, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Love sweet potatoes! Sweet potato chips are the way to my heart!

  22. Linda Reed on September 15, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    I love everything about sweet potatoes. Will definitely make these for next week’s UO Duck football game. It’s a 7:30 p.m. game – even better for these babies. I’m going to try one slight change…I make these all the time as mashed sweet potatoes (with butter, S&P) and secret ingredient, Thai Red Curry Paste. As little or as much as you like. With bacon and onion, these will be awesome. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Sally on September 15, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      Great little secret ingredient Linda – I’ll have to try that sometime. I actually think I have some on hand in our pantry.

  23. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps on September 15, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Can’t go wrong with potato skins, especially when they’re made with sweet potatoes!

  24. Katya @ Little Broken on September 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Love that they’re sweet potato! Brilliant!

  25. Heather @ Shards of Lavender on September 15, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    I love sweet potato anything, but I think you’ve stumbled across the way for me to convince my husband he likes them:) Pinned!

    • Sally on September 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

      Hahahahaha hope you try them and I can guarantee he’ll eat them. 😉

  26. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie on September 15, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    If there is one thing I love more than potato, it’s sweet potato!

  27. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen on September 15, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Potato skins have to be one of the best foods ever!! Extra bacon please 😉

  28. Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures on September 16, 2014 at 8:39 am

    I’m not crazy about football, but I am always looking for an excuse to eat potato skins! Yum!

  29. Cassie on September 16, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Major football food! I love these, Sally, and could just eat them for a meal, regardless of whether football is on or not!

  30. [email protected] on September 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Sally my family will go crazy for them!!

    • Sally on September 16, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Hope you all enjoy Ami. Your recent three bean chili recipe looks amazing!

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