When I was younger. ( like high school aged). ( Which is 1/2 a lifetime ago), my mom used to go to Sam’s club and Costco and would buy all the fun frozen appetizers in bulk. I loved making them when I had friends come over to the house. pizza rolls, mini egg rolls and TGIF Friday’s Loaded Potato Skins! YUM!
After my DIY Freezer Fries turned out AHmazing! I decided to try these out too. Making Freezer skins has been in the back of my mind for a while now. But, I am leaving Saturday to head out of town for two weeks, and I happened to have potatoes AND bacon that I needed to use up before I leave. I thought. “WHY not?”
These don’t take much prep work, but they can be time-consuming. Today, was the perfect day to make these, because it’s below zero here in Northern Iowa, and I was home ALL day with my baby boys!
I made sure to brush some olive oil on the potatoes before baking them in the oven. I find, that adding oil to the outside of potato really crisps it up.
The cheese sauce I made for these loaded potato skins is healthier than you might think! I used no butter and no cream in this cheese sauce. I ALWAYS use olive oil and milk when I make cream sauces. ( learned that from my mom)
- 10-12 potatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 cups of cheese sauce
- 4 slices of cooked bacon
- Cheese Sauce
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups of milk
- 1 tablespoon of flour OR corn starch
- 2 cups of shredded cheese
- Slice each potato in half and poke. brush the potatoes with olive oil and salt. face each potato, skin down on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 50 minutes at 350 f
- Remove the potatoes from the oven. Slice in 1/2 once more. scoop out the potatoes from each skin and set aside. Top each potato with cheese sauce and chopped cooked bacon.
- Cheese Sauce
- In a saucepan, add olive oil and flour in the pan. Whisk olive oil and flour together. Once mixed, add milk. Bring the entire mixture to a boil before adding the cheese. Stir in cheese and season if you like.
FREEZING INSTRUCTIONS- Make sure these cook before putting them in the freezer. Putting hot food straight into the freezer can contaminate it! Place the skins in freezer bags. Make sure you lay them nicely in the bags so they don’t freeze together!. Place them in your freezer flat. After a few hours, you can go back and move them if you want.
Most of these are still in my freezer right now. But, my husband cooked just a couple when he got home and love them. What’s not to love? Cheese, bacon, potatoes. YUM.