American Tavern Potato Skins

You know what kind of cheese this is if you’re a “whiz” kid. It’s the right cheese for the job.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 40 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6


  • 4 medium russet potatoes
  • 1⁄4 cup butter, melted
  • 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups peanut oil
  • 1⁄2 cup American cheese spread in a jar, melted
  • 1⁄2 cup bacon crumbles
  • 1⁄4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1⁄2 cup sour cream


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Cut the potatoes into wedges with 1 to 2 inches of skin on them. Toss them with the melted butter then the flour and arrange them on a baking sheet in one layer. Bake for 20 minutes and remove from the oven.
  • Scoop the extra potato flesh out of the skins and save it for another use.
  • Heat the peanut oil in a deep fryer, heavy pot, or wok to 375°F. Fry the potato skins in the oil in batches for 1 to 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels and arrange on plates skin-side down.
  • Fill the potato boats with melted cheese and bacon crumbles. Sprinkle with green onions, and top with sour cream.