Loaded Skillet Potatoes will work as a main course or side dish. You decide. No matter how you choose to serve them, you simply can't go wrong!
This delicious dish is a great way of cleaning out the fridge and then loading up whatever you have left onto your skillet potatoes.
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The ingredient list:
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- baked russet potatoes (leftovers work great)
- olive oil
- salt and pepper
- caramelized onions (shown)
- ham (shown)
- black beans (shown)
- shredded cheddar cheese (shown)
- shredded pepper jack cheese (shown)
- cooked bacon (shown)
- scallions (shown)
Kitchen tools and equipment needed:
- large skillet (cast-iron preferred)
- chef's knife
- cutting board
- cheese grater/shredder
- can opener
- slotted spatula
- paper towels, optional (for draining the bacon)
- oven mitts
- silicone handle for cast iron pan (optional)
- kitchen timer
How this recipe came to be:
I had a lot of leftover russet potatoes on hand after I'd over-prepared my Baked Potato Party Board.
This dish seemed like a natural progression for using a lot of the leftovers and turning them into something completely delicious yet different!
Can this dish be made vegetarian?
By omitting the bacon and ham, you'll have a completely vegetarian dish.
Can other types of potatoes be used in this recipe?
I used russets because I had them already in the fridge.
I find that pre-cooked russet potatoes fry up the best with crispy brown edges in a cast-iron skillet.
However, if you have another type of potato on hand, feel free to use it instead.
Yukon gold or red potatoes (known as waxy potatoes) will also work in this dish, plus they won't need to be pre-cooked.
Also, they'll hold their shape better while cooking due to their starch content.
Additional loaded potato topping options:
- lightly cooked vegetables (peas, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, corn…)
- French fried onions
- diced avocado
- cooked spinach
- ground cooked meat
- cooked diced or shredded chicken
- cooked spinach
- blue cheese crumbles
- Greek yogurt or sour cream
- hot sauce
- red pepper flakes
- tortilla chips
You get the idea…use your imagination!
How will you top YOUR loaded skillet potatoes?
How to caramelize onions?
Slice 2 or 3 large onions. Add them to a skillet with a little olive oil, butter, salt, and pepper. Cook them over medium heat, stirring only occasionally for approximately 20-25 minutes.
What is the best cheese for melting?
Honestly, if you pre-shred your own cheese from the block, you'll have a far better cheese for melting than the pre-shredded cheeses you can buy at the grocery store.
The reason is that the pre-shredded cheeses in the market are coated with an anti-caking agent to keep the shreds separate in the bag, so they don't all clump together into one single mass.
Why is a cast-iron skillet best for making loaded skillet potatoes?
There are so many reasons why a cast-iron skillet is superior for making this dish, and so many others.
First, a cast-iron skillet heats up evenly with no "hot-spot" areas to deal with.
Second, the browning capabilities of a cast-iron pan far outweigh any other skillets you can use.
Third, they can go into the hottest oven you can throw it into, and you'll never have to blink an eye.
All that said, an important thing to note is that the handle of a cast-iron skillet will get screaming hot!!
It's always best practice to put an oven mitt, kitchen towel, or silicone handle (meant for cast iron skillets) over the handle while cooking to prevent burning yourself!
How to properly season a cast-iron skillet:
The step-by-step photo instructions of how to make loaded skillet potatoes:
- Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
- Dice cooked russet potatoes into cubes.
- Heat butter and olive oil in a skillet and add the diced pre-cooked russet potatoes in an even layer.
- Cook the potatoes on medium/high (stirring only occasionally) to form a crispy crust.
- Layer the topping ingredients evenly over the browned potatoes in the skillet, ending with the shredded cheese.
- Place the skillet into a preheated 350-degree oven for approximately 15 minutes for the cheese to melt.
- Top with chopped scallions, if desired, and serve hot.
Additional potato recipes you'll enjoy:
*Pimento Cheese Mashed Potatoes (shown below)
Why not give traditional mashed potatoes a little update? Pimento Cheese Mashed Potatoes are easy to make and taste amazing!!
*Roasted Baby Potatoes with Garlic and Herbs (not shown)
These roasted baby potatoes are creamy in the center and golden brown and crispy on the outside. Pair all that deliciousness with a dipping sauce made of mustard, horseradish, and mayonnaise, and you have the perfect side dish or even a fun and unusual party appetizer!! YUM!!
*Chicken Pot Potatoes (shown below and in the featured video)
What do you get when you combine a baked potato with all the comfort and goodness of a chicken pot pie, but without all the work? Chicken Pot Pie Potatoes, that's what!
*Creamy Dijon Potato Salad (not shown)
Crowd-Pleasing Dijon Potato Salad will be the first thing to disappear from the picnic table this summer.
*Loaded Skillet Potatoes (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!
Below is the printable recipe card, along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today's loaded skillet potatoes.
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LOADED SKILLET POTATOES
- 5 large russet potatoes pre-cooked
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup caramelized onions
- 1 cup diced ham
- ½ cup bacon diced and cooked
- 1 cup black beans drained
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup Pepper Jack cheese
- ½ cup chopped scallions
- Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
- Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat.
- Melt the butter and olive oil in the skillet, and add the pre-cooked diced potatoes in an even layer, along with the salt and pepper.
- Cook, stirring only occasionally so the potatoes form a crispy brown crust (approximately 10-12 minutes)
- Layer the caramelized onions, ham, black beans, bacon, and cheeses over the cooked potatoes.
- Carefully place the skillet into the preheated oven and heat until the cheese is thoroughly melted (approximately 10 minutes).
- Carefully remove the skillet from the oven and top with chopped scallions (if desired).
- Serve hot.
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