Game Day Bacon & Cheddar Tater Skins #SundaySupper

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOOOOTTTTBALLLLL????   In this house, we are die-hard Ravens fans.  Flags flying, purple wearing, houses decorated, and neighborhood tailgating Ravens fans.   During one away game each year, our neighborhood throws a Raven’s Tailgate in our cul-de-sac.  I’m not talking your typical tailgate here.  I’m talking an all day extravangaza.  Some years have started with a race through the neighborhood and field goal kickoff….and, of course, what’s a tailgate without a parade!  It wouldn’t be complete without lots of homemade floats (a winner is crowned each year)….


and then there’s got to be food!  Everyone brings a dish to share.  There are grilled meats and a hot dog/sausage cart (owned by one of the neighbors), a chili cookoff, and even eclair eating contests! In between all that, we actually watch the game! (on a giant screen we erect in the wooded area of one neighbors front yard)


So, here we are four Sundays away from Opening Kickoff….Let’s Go Ravens!  The hubby and his friends spend most home game Sundays tailgating from the crack of dawn until game time.  Those Sundays make for some perfect Mommy/Daughter Date Days. 

I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like some potato skins on game day and this recipe is pretty easy to make in bulk. The most time consuming part is scooping out the potato.

Bacon and Cheddar Potato Skins

Potato Skins are one of those foods I loved to get when I was younger when we went out to eat.  I love the crispy texture of the skin of the potato and the salty combination of the bacon and cheese. I like to make these at home using the smaller size potatoes.  I start by rubbing the whole potatoes with olive oil and salt and then baking them in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour. Then, I let them cool to room temperature.

potato skins

Once they are cooled, I cut them in half and scoop out the pulp (which I save to make Sour Cream and Garlic Mashed Potatoes).  The potatoes can be baked ahead of time, cooled and stored in the refrigerator for a couple days until you’re ready to use them.  When you’re ready to assemble them, cook some bacon and chop it into pieces.

potato skins

The skins don’t take long to bake once you’ve assembled them.  It’s really a matter of warming the bacon and potato and melting the cheese. Since I like the skins to be crispier, I like to warm the potatoes on both sides for about 5-8 minutes.  This will help dry them out a little more before you put the fillings in them.

 potato skins

Then, I add the shredded cheddar and the bacon pieces to the skins and bake them until the cheese is melted and the skins are warmed through.

potato skins

Don’t think potato skins are just for Game Day either.  They make a great side dish to some roasted vegetables and hamburgers.  Of course, the football fanatics in your life will totally love you if you put out a tray of these on Game Day!  These crispy pockets of potato will make their taste buds do an end zone dance.

Bacon and Cheddar Potato Skins FI


What Game Day favorites find their way on your family’s Game Day Buffet or Tailgate?

Thanks to Erica of The Crumby Cupcake and her love of Bacon, you’ll certainly be able to get your Bacon fix with this amazing list of recipes! 

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Cassandra Burke is a Forensic Scientist by day, and a Group Fitness Instructor, Swim Team Coordinator and Travel Agent by night. A Breast Cancer Survivor since 2010, she writes about her journey as well as her struggles – training for triathlons and races, struggling to get back her health, and balancing family life all while building her brand and finding her purpose after cancer. Subscribe to Cassandra’s newsletter for updates and follow @poweredbybling on social media! For endurance sport race travel and custom family vacation travel, visit her at


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