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Brie And Bacon Potato Skins Recipe

potato skins on plate
potato skins on plate - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Get ready for a taste sensation that combines the creamy decadence of Brie, the smokiness of bacon, and the crispy perfection of baked potato skins. These Brie and bacon potato skins by recipe developer Catherine Brookes are a luxurious twist on a classic favorite appetizer, and thanks to the optional final garnish of cranberry sauce, this dish is well-suited for holiday spreads, too.

Starting with perfectly baked potatoes, with skins crisped to golden perfection, the filling is scooped out and mixed with plenty of indulgent savory additions. The real magic happens when the rich, gooey filling is topped off with an extra slice of Brie and baked until melty. Topped with a generous dollop of sweet and tangy cranberry sauce, these potato skins are a visual delight, too. Whether you're entertaining guests or indulging in a cozy night in, these Brie and bacon potato skins are sure to be a crowd-pleaser, delivering a delicious combination of textures and flavors that will leave everyone reaching for seconds.

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Gather The Ingredients For These Brie And Bacon Potato Skins

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potato skins ingredients - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

The ingredients list is pretty simple here — you'll start with four large baking potatoes, along with a little bit of oil, salt, and pepper to rub them with before they bake. You'll also need chopped bacon, sour cream, Brie both in chopped form and in slices, shredded cheese, and sliced green onions for garnish. Optionally, you may want some cranberry sauce on hand to add a zingy garnish to your potato skins.

Step 1: Preheat The Oven

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Hand turning dial on oven - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Preheat the oven to 425 F.

Step 2: Rub Potatoes With Oil And Salt

Potatoes on lined baking sheet
Potatoes on lined baking sheet - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Place the potatoes on a lined baking sheet. Rub them with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and some salt and pepper to taste.

Step 3: Bake

Baked potatoes on baking sheet
Baked potatoes on baking sheet - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Bake for 1 hour or until the skin is crisp and the center can easily be pierced with a knife.

Step 4: Heat The Oil

Oil heating in frying pan
Oil heating in frying pan - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

While the potatoes cook, heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat.

Step 5: Fry The Bacon

Diced bacon frying in pan
Diced bacon frying in pan - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Add the bacon and fry until browned. Set aside.

Step 6: Halve The Potatoes

Potatoes halved on baking sheet
Potatoes halved on baking sheet - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Allow the potatoes to cool slightly before halving them.

Step 7: Scoop Out Potato Flesh

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Potato flesh in bowl - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Scoop the potato flesh out of the skins and into a large mixing bowl.

Step 8: Mix Together The Potato Filling

Potato skins filling in mixing bowl
Potato skins filling in mixing bowl - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Mix the potato flesh with the fried bacon, sour cream, diced Brie, shredded cheddar, green onion, and some salt and pepper to taste.

Step 9: Fill The Skins

Filled potato skins on baking sheet
Filled potato skins on baking sheet - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Fill the potato skins with the mixture.

Step 10: Add The Brie

Brie potato skins on baking sheet
Brie potato skins on baking sheet - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Top each potato skin with a slice of Brie.

Step 11: Bake

Brie potato skins on baking sheet
Brie potato skins on baking sheet - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Bake for another 10 minutes.

Step 11: Serve With Toppings Of Choice

Brie and cranberry potato skins on baking sheet
Brie and cranberry potato skins on baking sheet - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Serve the potato skins, optionally topped with cranberry sauce.

What Pairs Well With These Brie And Bacon Potato Skins?

Close up of brie and bacon potato skins
Close up of brie and bacon potato skins - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

While these potato skins are delicious enough on their own, why not pair them with a refreshing selection of beverages and complementary snacks for the ultimate night in? For a fizzy complementary beverage, consider serving a crisp sparkling wine or champagne. The bubbles will cut through the richness of the Brie and bacon, providing a great contrast that cleanses the palate between bites.

To complement the savory profile, a selection of relishes, chutneys, and olives can make a great addition to the potato skins. Or, for those who enjoy a touch of sweetness, a fruit platter featuring sliced apples, grapes, or figs makes for a perfect accompaniment to the savory and decadent flavors.

The potato skins are also great served as part of a main meal, alongside roasted meats such as chicken or beef, and steamed veggies like broccoli or carrots. Whether you're hosting a gathering or enjoying a cozy night in, there are plenty of great pairing options to elevate your brie and bacon potato skins, ensuring a truly satisfying feast for your taste buds!

How Should You Store Leftover Potato Skins?

Brie and bacon potato skins on plate
Brie and bacon potato skins on plate - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

To maximize the enjoyment of your Brie and bacon potato skins, make sure to properly store any leftovers you may have. Begin by allowing the remaining potato skins to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, wrap each individual potato skin tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. This helps to prevent exposure to air, preserving their texture and flavor. The potato skins should keep well in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Freezing is also a great option here. For an added layer of protection against moisture and freezer burn, place the wrapped potato skins in a resealable plastic freezer bag before transferring them to the freezer. Properly stored, they can be frozen for up to three months.

When you're ready to relish the leftover potato skins, remove them from the freezer and let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Reheating can be done in the oven or air fryer, ensuring the skins regain their crispy texture. This method maintains the integrity of the Brie and bacon filling, allowing you to savor the flavors just as deliciously as when they were first prepared.

Brie And Bacon Potato Skins Recipe

Brie and bacon potato skins on plate
Brie and bacon potato skins on plate - Catherine Brookes/Mashed

Prep Time: 25mCook Time: 1h 10mYield: 4 ServingsIngredients

  • 4 large baking potatoes

  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided

  • salt, to taste

  • pepper, to taste

  • 6 slices bacon, chopped

  • ⅓ cup sour cream

  • ¼ cup Brie cheese, diced

  • 5 ounces Brie cheese, sliced

  • ¼ cup shredded cheddar

  • 1 green onion, finely chopped

Optional Ingredients

  • Cranberry sauce, for serving

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.

  2. Place the potatoes on a lined baking sheet. Rub them with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and some salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Bake for 1 hour or until the skin is crisp and the center can easily be pierced with a knife.

  4. While the potatoes cook, heat the remaining 2 teaspoons of oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat.

  5. Add the bacon and fry until browned. Set aside.

  6. Allow the potatoes to cool slightly before halving them.

  7. Scoop the potato flesh out of the skins and into a large mixing bowl.

  8. Mix the potato flesh with the fried bacon, sour cream, diced Brie, shredded cheddar, green onion, and some salt and pepper to taste.

  9. Fill the potato skins with the mixture.

  10. Top each potato skin with a slice of Brie.

  11. Bake for another 10 minutes.

  12. Serve the potato skins, optionally topped with cranberry sauce.

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