fall weekend fun: football food

Football season is back. Not that I’m an avid football fan…because truthfully, I don’t even understand what is happening on the field when I watch. But I do love Tom Brady…and even more so, I love the delicious finger foods that come hand-in-hand with football game watching.

I know there haven’t been very many recipe and crafty posts lately – but couldn’t resist sharing one of my favorite football foods, potato skins, which are surprisingly easy to make!

Homemade Pioneer Woman Potato Skins

Makes 8 potato skins

Potato Skin Ingredients

4 potatoes
A dash of canola oil
A dash of salt
2 strips of turkey bacon
Mild cheddar cheese
1/2 stick of melted butter
Sour cream
Green onions

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. I like to use convection bake to help crisp and cook the potatoes.

Wash Potatoes

2. Thoroughly scrub the potatoes.

Glaze Potatoes

3. Glaze the potatoes with canola oil on a foil-covered baking sheet.


4. Bake the potatoes in the oven for 30 minutes.

5. While the potatoes are baking, prepare the toppings! Grate enough cheese to cover 8 potato skins. Wash and cut green onions. Bake two strips of bacon, and mince into small pieces to add as a topping.

6. Remove the potatoes from the oven and scoop out some of the inside potato! I prefer to keep more potato than most restaurant style potato skins you’ll find – the beauty of this recipe is that you can make them exactly how you want!

7. Coat the inside of the potatoes with melted butter. Then coat the outside of the potatoes with more canola oil, and bake on convection for another 3 to 5 minutes with the outside facing up.

Yummy Potato Skins

8. Sprinkle with cheese, green onions, sour cream, bacon, and salt. Enjoy!

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