Toaster Oven Potato Skins Recipe

Brie Norris | Toaster Oven Love

Toaster oven potato skins are crispy, cheesy bites of baked potato goodness. They’re the perfect appetizer for watching the big game or a fun dinner for two!

Gooey cheese. Endless ideas for topping. It’s no wonder these toaster oven potato skins are a favorite in our house year-round.

Like a batch of sweet potato nachos or buffalo broccoli and cauliflower bites, they’re great for entertaining a small group and easy to throw together. The only drawback is that the potatoes do take a while to bake.

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You can use the microwave to get the potatoes started. I do it when we’re short on time or feeling especially hangry. But there are two super good reasons to use your toaster oven to cook the entire recipe.

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Reason #1: The scooped out potato flesh will taste soooo much better.

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Being a child of the 80’s I’ve eaten more than my share of potato skins but never gave much thought to the “potato insides” until we started making them at home.

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Microwaved potatoes are fine but also dense and sometimes gluey. While toaster oven baked potatoes are fluffy and light inside.

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Got a little milk and butter? The scooped out flesh from the toaster oven potatoes makes a delicious and creamy mashed potatoes for two. The microwaved stuff...not so much.

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Reason #2: The skins will be crispier.

Baking your oil rubbed potatoes in the toaster oven gives their skins a crispy headstart.

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To get those potato skins EXTRA CRISPY scoop them out and brush each side with seasoned oil (or melted butter if you please). Then turn up the heat on your toaster oven and send them back in!

Once your skins are golden and crispy, it’s all about the cheese. We like to use a mix of mozzarella (it’s so melty!) and sharp cheddar cheese but pepper jack or a white cheddar tastes great too.

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When it comes to toppings, I love a dollop of tangy Greek yogurt and green onions. If bacon’s more your thing, go for it and do you!

Any way you top them (pizza style is pretty awesome) these toaster oven potato skins will be a hit in your house too.

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Toaster Oven Potato Skins Recipe

    4 Servings

Ingredients

  • 4 small Russet Potatoes, scrubbed and dried
  • 4 teaspoons Grapeseed Oil, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • Fine Sea Salt
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Cheese
  • 3 tablespoons Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Green Onion, finely sliced

Directions

  1. Adjust your toaster oven’s cooking rack to the middle position and preheat to 400°F.
  2. Use a sharp knife or fork to stab the potatoes on each side. Rub potatoes with 1 teaspoon of the oil, place on a roasting pan, and bake until a knife slides easily into each potato, about 35 to 45 minutes.
  3. Remove the potatoes and raise the toaster oven’s temperature to 425°F.
  4. Carefully slice the hot potatoes in half lengthwise, allow them to cool for 5 minutes until safe to handle then scoop out the flesh leaving a thin 1/4-inch shell inside the skins.
  5. Combine the remaining oil and paprika. Brush both sides of the potato skins with oil and season with salt and pepper. Place potatoes with the flesh facing the pan and skins facing up. Cook until crispy and browned around the edges, about 8 to 12 minutes.
  6. Flip potato skins over and fill each one with cheese. Bake for 5 minutes more or until the cheese is melty and bubbly.
  7. Top skins with dollops of plain Greek yogurt and sliced green onions, serve warm.

Notes

  • Small russet potatoes can be hard to find individually sold, the potatoes sold in sacks are usually small to medium-sized.
  • For cheese, we like to use a blend of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses.
  • For pizza style skins: Fill each crispy skin with a teaspoon of pizza sauce then top with sliced black olives and mozzarella cheese before baking. Serve with fresh basil.
  • Microwave shortcut: Preheat your toaster oven to 425°F. Microwave raw potatoes for 7 to 10 minutes (flipping them after 5 minutes) until they are cooked through and a knife slides easily into each one. Proceed to step 4 in the recipe.

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Author: Brie Norris
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 75 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 76
Calories 229

% Daily Value*
15%
Total Fat 10g
11%
  Saturated Fat 2g
4%
Sodium 94mg
11%
Total Carbohydrate 32g
3%
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 0g
14%
Protein 7g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Brie Norris

About Brie

Brie loves her toaster oven so much, she started Toaster Oven Love. We're so excited to see all the yummy things she comes up with as our Toaster Oven Cooking fanatic.