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Potato Skins Mac and Cheese

Potato Skins Mac and Cheese!Football season wouldn’t be football season, without a few hearty snacks to go along with it. Today I’ve combined two of the most comforting dishes I know, Baked Potato Skins and traditional Baked Mac and Cheese into one glorious meal! Introducing our Baked Potato Skins Mac and Cheese Recipe.

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No, this is not overkill. I promise it’s not.

If you are going to take the time to make homemade baked Mac and Cheese with fresh creamy cheese sauce, you need a killer crust to top it. And what better “crust” than a cheesy potato skins recipe?

You can’t argue with that.

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It all started with a bag of the cutest baby golden potatoes.

They were just begging to be turned into something extravagant. Something with a bit of wow-factor.

So I roasted them, halved them, scooped out most of the flesh, and brushed them with oil. Then I gave each tiny potato skin a little kiss of cream cheese.

Rich savory cheese sauce made with more cream cheese, cheddar, and sour cream, replicates the flavors in a baked potato skins recipe.

Then stir in cooked macaroni, crumbled bacon and green onions.

Finally sprinkle the leftover bits of golden potato over the top, arrange the potato skins, and sprinkle with even more cheese.

Bake and sigh…

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You want this. You really want this.

And after months of light healthy summer meals, this is the time to splurge a little on this Baked Potato Skins Mac and Cheese Recipe.

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Baked Potato Skins Mac and Cheese Recipe

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes (35 minutes for creamy mac and cheese using the broiler)


  • 24 ounces baby golden potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoons flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/3 pounds shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 10 ounces cream cheese, divided
  • 12 ounces bacon, fried and crumbled, divided
  • 1 cup chopped green onions, divided
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of oil. Salt and pepper liberally and shake the pan a little to coat them with oil. Roast for 30 minutes, or until cooked through. Then set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the macaroni in a large pot of salted water, according to package instructions. Drain and set aside in a colander.
  3. Using the same pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Once melted whisk in the flour and cook the roux (butter-flour mixture) for 1 minute. Then whisk in the milk and add the sour cream and 8 oz cream cheese. Bring to a simmer and whisk until the mixture is thick and smooth. Add 1 lb shredded cheddar and whisk until smooth. Then add a dash or two of cayenne pepper and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Pour the cooked macaroni, 2/3 cup crumbled bacon, and 2/3 cup green onions into the cheese sauce. Stir to coat. Pour the macaroni into a 9X13 inch baking dish and set aside.
  5. For the potato skins recipe: Preheat the oven to Broil. Cut each potato in half lengthwise. carefully scoop of most of the flesh, leaving just a little potato attached to the skin. Reserve the crumbled potato flesh.
  6. Brush the potato skins with oil. With the remaining 2 oz. of cream cheese, place a scant 1/2 tsp dollop of cream cheese in each potato skin.
  7. Sprinkle the crumbled potato over the mac and cheese. Then arrange the potato skins over the top. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 lb. shredded cheddar over the potato skins and add pepper to taste.
  8. For creamy baked mac and cheese, place the baked mac and cheese in the oven under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, watch carefully. You want the cheese to melt and the tops to toast, but not burn. For more a traditional "firm" baked mac and cheese recipe, turn the oven to 400 degrees, and bake for 20 minutes until the tops are golden. Once out of the oven, sprinkle the remaining green onions and bacon over the top and serve warm.

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72 Responses to “Potato Skins Mac and Cheese”

  1. Belinda @zomppaposted September 14, 2012 at 4:27 am

    THIS might not be overkill, but I’m pretty sure I’ve overkill it by overeating….


  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted September 14, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Awww yeah! This sounds so freaking delicious!


  3. DessertForTwoposted September 14, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Cream cheese?! Macaroni?! Potato skins?! Sommer, will you marry me?


  4. Brian @ A Thought For Foodposted September 14, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Mac and cheese is one of those dishes that was meant to be over-the-top… and boy is this decadent! Now my tummy is gurgling. Hmmmmm, maybe I need some breakfast.


  5. Aimee @ ShugarySweetsposted September 14, 2012 at 6:22 am

    Oh my gosh I am drooling over this. Well done. Well done.


  6. TidyMomposted September 14, 2012 at 6:25 am

    WOW Sommer! this is fantastic!


  7. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted September 14, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Whoa! This looks amazing!


  8. Aprilposted September 14, 2012 at 6:50 am

    There go the 15lbs I lost over the summer! :) Autumn is here and I Just want to eat constantly!


  9. shelly (cookies and cups)posted September 14, 2012 at 7:09 am

    I could eat this whole pan by myself. I’m not kidding.


  10. Rachel @ Baked by Rachelposted September 14, 2012 at 7:17 am

    You’re killing me!! I want this. I might have to plan it for when hubs is away ha


  11. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted September 14, 2012 at 8:06 am

    I just…..can’t. I don’t…wow.


  12. Bev @ Bev Cooksposted September 14, 2012 at 8:38 am

    This is officially going down as the most excitement my eyeballs have ever had.


  13. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookieposted September 14, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Heck yes! This has to be good.


  14. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted September 14, 2012 at 9:33 am

    These look like just the thing for football season!


  15. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted September 14, 2012 at 9:35 am

    looks amazing! What a great idea


  16. Jessicaposted September 14, 2012 at 9:59 am

    holy cow. this is insane and you are amazing.


  17. Cassieposted September 14, 2012 at 10:08 am

    This is amazing Sommer, a total crowd-pleaser!


  18. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted September 14, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I think you just created THE BEST mac and cheese ever!


  19. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggiesposted September 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Oh man, just when I was feeling so much resolve about my diet. This is insaaaaane. In a good way, of course. :)


  20. Colette @ JFF !posted September 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    OMG, you combined two of my favourite foods!


  21. Brandie @ Home Cooking Memoriesposted September 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    This is just evil….but I’ve been known to like evil things so I imagine it will all work out. Looks AMAZING…love your dishes too.


  22. Carolynposted September 14, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Oh man! Two things I love (that i can’t eat, but never mind that) in one recipe!


  23. Angieposted September 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    What a great idea!


  24. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted September 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Wow, what a great dish! This would sure be a family or party favorite! I love it!! I can’t wait to try it!!


  25. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted September 14, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Are you kidding me with this?!! Holy heck. I am in cheesy, potato, pasta heaven!


  26. MaryBethposted September 14, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    You are right. I want this! Serves 8, you say?? In this house, it might serve 2. And that could be me eating it two times – once for lunch and again for dinner :-)


  27. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted September 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Now that’s wow factor for you! I love the shot of the casserole with the spoon resting on it in the middle, beautiful.


  28. Jen @ Savory SImpleposted September 15, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Wow, I think I just gained a few pounds looking at these mouth-watering photos. This looks like mac & cheese heaven!


  29. love cookingposted September 15, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Wow…this looks really nice. I think you can have any ingredients you prefer for this recipe. Maybe can add some mushroom, hard-boiled egg and shrimp. It must be really yummy. :)


  30. Annie @ Annie's Nomsposted September 15, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Oh my word! This looks absolutely delicious, I think I might scrap my plans for dinner and make this instead!!


  31. Nisrineposted September 15, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    What a cool twist on mac and cheese. Sounds and looks absolutely delicious.


  32. najwa kronfelposted September 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Oh I want some, It looks fantastic!


  33. Juliaposted September 15, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    What an interesting version of Mac n Cheese!


  34. Abbyposted September 16, 2012 at 8:18 am

    how fun!! Sometimes you just gotta indulge :) this would be a must-have super bowl dish!


  35. Divyaposted September 16, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Oh wow…I love the idea of using baked potato skins in this dish. It’s so unique and sounds super delish!


  36. baker streetposted September 17, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Holy smokes! This is easily the best mac and cheese recipe, EVER!


  37. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchenposted September 17, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Oh man….you are genius! Two of my favorites in one?! Sign me up! :)


  38. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted September 17, 2012 at 9:24 am

    WOW. I don’t think I would have thought of this in like a million years, but I love it!


  39. Gailposted September 17, 2012 at 9:53 am

    This sounds amazing! Making the next time I’m asked to bring a dish to pass. Definitely not on the diet, though…


  40. Eileen deCampposted September 17, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Hi Sommer,
    I just made this and it is absolutely delicious! Real comfort food. I have also made the lavender and dark chocolate ice cream. Both are scrumptious!
    Thanks and have a nice week!


  41. vianneyposted September 17, 2012 at 11:47 am

    This is pure evil goodness~~ my kids would rip through this !!


  42. Lisa | With Style and Graceposted September 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Ummm, yes PLEASE!


  43. Kiran @ KiranTarun.composted September 17, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Oh yeah. I want to douse the cheese sauce on everything! So yum :)


  44. Katie@Cozydeliciousposted September 18, 2012 at 7:31 am

    This looks totally insane and totally yummy! I would not hav ethought to combine the two – but it’s brilliant!


  45. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Outposted September 19, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    I literally could not stop thinking “oh. my. gosh” the entire time I was reading this.

    Holy. Cheese.

    I want it so badly.


  46. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted September 19, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Whoa. That looks crazy fantastic!!


  47. Tickled Redposted September 21, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Okay I’m just going to revert into full country mode here…”Lawdy ha mercy on my soul!”


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  49. Jessica @ Portuguese GIrl Cooksposted September 22, 2012 at 5:13 am

    Wow! This looks amazing! I think I need to get on the football train just for the food.


  50. Kristenposted September 26, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Oh my gosh, girl… are you kidding me? This sounds AMAZING!


  51. Chrisposted September 29, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Bleepity bleep, that looks AMAZING. Wow. Football food of the year!


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  54. Adele Forbesposted October 18, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Sheer genius!


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  57. Shiloh Barkleyposted May 26, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    omg sommer, this is ridiculous! gimme a plate!


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  66. Sheilaposted July 14, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    When roasting the potatoes is it best to cut them in half before


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