Lazy potato skins




These Lazy Potato Skins are the perfect hassle-free snack or appetizer. With minimal effort and simple ingredients, you can enjoy crispy potato slices topped with cheese, crumbled bacon, and your favorite toppings. Dip them in sour cream for an extra burst of flavor. It’s a flexible recipe that allows you to use leftover ingredients creatively.


  • 4 medium-sized potatoes, washed and scrubbed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, or your choice)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bacon
  • Sour cream, for dipping
  • Optional toppings: chopped green onions, diced tomatoes, sliced jalapeños, chopped cilantro, or any other favorite toppings


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Prepare the Potatoes: Slice the washed potatoes into rounds about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. You can leave the skin on for added texture and flavor.
  3. Season the Potatoes: In a large bowl, toss the potato slices with olive oil, salt, and pepper until evenly coated. The olive oil helps in crisping up the potato skins during baking.
  4. Arrange on Baking Sheet: Line the seasoned potato slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Make sure they are not overcrowded, allowing them space to crisp up.
  5. Bake the Potatoes: Bake the potato slices in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes. After the first 30 minutes, flip the slices and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are golden brown and crispy.
  6. Add Cheese and Bacon: Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Sprinkle the shredded cheese and crumbled bacon evenly over the potato slices. Return the pan to the oven and bake for another 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  7. Add Toppings: Remove the potato skins from the oven. While they’re still hot, sprinkle your favorite toppings over the cheesy, bacon-covered potato slices. Be creative and add a variety of toppings according to your preference.
  8. Serve: Transfer the lazy potato skins to a serving platter. Serve hot with a side of sour cream for dipping.
  9. Enjoy: Dive into your Lazy Potato Skins while they’re hot and gooey. Dip them generously in sour cream and savor the delightful combination of crispy potatoes, melted cheese, and savory bacon.

Feel free to customize this recipe with any other leftover ingredients you have on hand, and let your creativity shine by experimenting with different toppings. Enjoy your easy and delicious Lazy Potato Skins!

1. Can I use sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes? Yes, you can definitely use sweet potatoes for a healthier twist. They will add a slightly sweeter flavor to your lazy potato skins.

2. Can I prepare the potato skins in advance and bake them later? Yes, you can prepare the potato slices in advance and refrigerate them until you’re ready to bake. However, keep in mind that the texture might not be as crispy if they are refrigerated for too long. It’s best to bake them shortly after slicing for the crispiest results.

3. How can I make this recipe healthier? To make the recipe healthier, you can use sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes, use a smaller amount of cheese, opt for leaner bacon or turkey bacon, and consider using a light sour cream or yogurt for dipping.

4. Can I make this recipe vegan? Yes, you can make vegan lazy potato skins by using vegan cheese and plant-based bacon alternatives. There are many dairy-free and vegan cheese options available that melt nicely. Be sure to check the labels to ensure they are suitable for your dietary preferences.

5. Can I air fry the potato skins instead of baking them in the oven? Yes, you can make lazy potato skins in an air fryer for a quicker and crispier result. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F (200°C) and air fry the seasoned potato slices in batches for about 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through. Add the cheese and bacon during the last few minutes of cooking until melted.

6. How long do leftovers stay good, and can I reheat them? Leftover potato skins can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. To reheat, place them on a baking sheet in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10-15 minutes, or until heated through and crispy again.

7. Can I use different dipping sauces besides sour cream? Certainly! Lazy potato skins pair well with a variety of dipping sauces such as ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, spicy mayo, or even guacamole. Feel free to get creative and experiment with different flavors.

8. Can I make these ahead and freeze them for later? It’s not recommended to freeze fully assembled lazy potato skins because the texture might become soggy upon reheating. However, you can freeze the cooked and cooled potato slices without cheese and bacon. When you’re ready to enjoy them, bake the frozen potato slices in the oven at 400°F (200°C) for 15-20 minutes, then add the cheese and bacon and bake until melted.

Enjoy your Lazy Potato Skins, and don’t hesitate to experiment with different ingredients and variations to suit your taste preferences!

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