Appetizer Side Dish Snack

Loaded Crispy Potato Skins (Paleo)

  • Ready Time: 70min
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  • Prep Time: 10min
    Cook Time: 60min
  • Potato Type: Russet
  • Serves: 4
    Prep Method: Baked
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Recipe by: Innovative Health & Fitness (Kristin McConnell)

These crispy baked skins are loaded with roasted broccoli, caramelized onions, crispy bacon and topped with plenty of homemade ranch and scallions for tons of flavor. Great as an appetizer or side dish and easy to make!


  • 4 small Russet Potatoes
  • Coconut oil
  • Sea Salt
  • 6 slices nitrate free and sugar-free bacon, cut into small pieces Save the bacon grease!)
  • 2 cups Broccoli Florets, cut into small pieces
  • 2 medium onions sliced thin
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoon Grass Fed Butter
  • Thinly sliced green onions, for garnish

Prep Time: 10min | Cook Time: 60min

  1. Scrub your potatoes and dry well, then coat each one with a thin layer of butter using your hands.
  2. Sprinkle each one with a bit of salt all around and bake at 400 °F in the preheated oven 60-70 minutes until soft on the inside and crisp outside. Or if you are in a rush microwave your potatoes according to your microwave settings.
  3. Meanwhile, caramelize the onions with garlic. Heat a medium skillet over medium-low heat and add the ghee to melt. Add in onions and stir gently to coat in ghee, then sprinkle with sea salt. Onions will need 5-10 minutes to caramelize fully.
  4. Keep the heat on med/low or low if they brown too quickly and stir every few minutes to ensure even cooking. Once a deep caramel color, remove from heat and set aside.
  5. While onions cook, heat a separate skillet over med/hi heat to cook the bacon. Stir occasionally for even browning and once crisp, remove with slotted spoon to drain on paper towel, set aside. Save bacon fat for broccoli and potato skins!
  6. Next, Saute the broccoli – in the pan you sauted the onions and garlic. Add the chopped broccoli and cook until they are soft, crisp, browning. Adding the onions, garlic and chopped bacon in the last few minutes.
  7. Once potatoes are done, allow them to sit until cool enough to handle, then cut each one in half all the way around lengthwise. Scoop out the inside of each potato, leaving a thin layer on the inside of the skin. Insides can be saved for another use.    Using a pastry brush, coat inside of each potato skin with bacon fat (thin layer) and sprinkle with a bit of salt.
  8. Place face up on the same baking sheet and bake for 5 mins, then flip them (face down) and bake for another 5 minutes or until both sides are crisp.
  9. Remove from oven and turn on the broiler. Fill each potato skin with the broccoli, bacon, onion mixture, then place under the broiler for a minute or two to heat through and get them nice and crispy.
  10. Remove from heat, drizzle with ranch and top with scallions and any other desired toppings* – serve immediately!**




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