Potato skins
Potato skins accompanied by dipping sauces, presented as an appetizer
Place of originUnited States
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientsPotato, cheddar cheese, bacon
VariationsPizza skins

Potato skins, also sometimes referred to as potato jackets, are a snack food or appetizer made of unpeeled potato halves, hollowed and dressed with bacon, cheddar cheese and green onions before being baked again. They are commonly found on the menus of casual dining restaurants in the United States.[1] While popularly eaten in restaurants and pubs, these snacks are also commonly made at home[2] or can be purchased frozen at grocery stores.[3]


As an appetizer in restaurants, potato skins have been around since approximately the 1970s and documented making them as early as 1974. Many restaurants such as TGI Fridays, Prime Rib Restaurant, and R.J. Grunts of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises have claims to be some of the first restaurants to serve the dish.[4][5]

See also


  1. ^ Filloon, Whitney (2017-02-02). "Who Really Invented Potato Skins?". Eater. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  2. ^ "All I Want Are Some Potato Skins". www.seriouseats.com. Retrieved 2020-09-02.
  3. ^ Centoni, Danielle (6 October 2020). "I Tried All the Frozen Hash Browns, Potato Skins, French Fries, and Tater Tots I Could Find — These Are the Best in Each Category". TheKitchn. Retrieved 2 July 2021.
  4. ^ Odiorne, Don. "History of Potato Skins on the Menu". Idaho Potato Commission. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  5. ^ KELLY, JACQUES. "The real story behind those potato skins at Prime Rib". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 2020-09-03.