TGI FRIDAY’S | Cheese and Bacon Potato Skins

with Sour Cream Ranch Dip

by RRR
A plate of TGI Friday's-style potato skins, generously topped with melted cheddar cheese, crispy bacon bits, a dollop of sour cream, and a sprinkle of fresh green onions.

TGI Friday‘s: A Legacy of Fun, Flavor, and Famous Potato Skins

There’s something about TGI Friday’s that just screams fun. Maybe it’s the vibrant red and white stripes, the eclectic decor, or perhaps it’s the menu that’s bursting with flavor. Since its inception in 1965, TGI Friday’s has been more than just a restaurant; it’s a place where the weekend vibes are alive every day of the week. But if there’s one thing that truly sets this American dining icon apart, it’s their legendary potato skins.

The Potato Skins Phenomenon

Let’s dive into the dish that’s become synonymous with TGI Friday’s itself: the potato skins. It’s hard to believe that something as simple as the humble potato could be transformed into a dish that’s not only delicious but downright addictive. The secret? It’s all in the crispy skin, loaded with melted cheese, crunchy bacon bits, and topped with a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of green onions. It’s a flavor fiesta in every bite, and it’s no wonder these potato skins have become a favorite not just in America, but around the globe.

Bringing TGI Friday’s Home

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “That’s great and all, but what if I want to enjoy those potato skins without having to leave my house?” Well, my friend, you’re in luck. I’m here to guide you through the process of making your very own TGI Friday’s-style potato skins right in the comfort of your kitchen. Imagine the aroma of baking potatoes filling your home, the sizzle of bacon, and the glorious melting cheese. It’s not just about recreating a dish; it’s about bringing a piece of that TGI Friday’s joy into your home.

While I won’t spill all the secrets here (we’ve got to keep some mystery, right?), I’ll tell you this much: the key is in the bake. Getting that perfect crispness on the skins while keeping the inside just tender enough is what you’re aiming for. And when it comes to toppings, don’t hold back. This is your masterpiece, after all.

The Name Behind The Fame

Ever wondered about the story behind the TGI Friday’s name? It’s all in the acronym: Thank God It’s Friday. The name itself is a celebration, embodying that end-of-the-week relief and excitement we’ve all felt. Alan Stillman, the founder, wanted to create a place where singles could meet and mingle in a fun, relaxed environment. Little did he know, he was also creating a global phenomenon that would bring people together over shared plates and laughter for decades.

Why We Can’t Get Enough

There’s a reason TGI Friday’s has endured and flourished over the years. It’s not just the food (though, let’s be honest, those potato skins are hard to beat). It’s the experience. Walking into a TGI Friday’s, you’re greeted with a sense of belonging, a place where it’s always a good time to celebrate, regardless of the occasion. It’s about the joy of shared meals, the clinking of glasses, and the stories told around the table.

In a world that’s constantly rushing by, TGI Friday’s reminds us to pause, savor the moment, and enjoy the simple pleasures. Like sinking your teeth into a perfectly made potato skin, there’s a satisfaction in the experience, a reminder of the joy of eating, laughing, and being together.

So, the next time you find yourself craving that TGI Friday’s magic, remember, you’ve got the power to whip up a little bit of that magic right at home. And who knows? Maybe your potato skins will become the stuff of legend too.

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A plate of TGI Friday's-style potato skins, generously topped with melted cheddar cheese, crispy bacon bits, a dollop of sour cream, and a sprinkle of fresh green onions.

TGI Friday's Cheese & Bacon Potato Skins with Sour Cream Ranch Dip

Serves: 2-4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 490 calories 27 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 3 large Idaho potatoes
  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon, extra crispy and chopped
  • 8 oz. cheddar cheese, freshly grated
  • ½ stick unsalted butter, melted
  • EVOO
  • Kosher salt
  • Garlic powder
  • Sour Cream Ranch Dip:
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 heaping TBL of Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning
  • 4 scallions, slivered, green parts only


Mix dip ingredients well and refrigerate until use.


Rub the potatoes with EVOO, salt and garlic powder.  Pierce potatoes and bake in oven at 375 degrees for 1 hour.  Remove and allow to cool, completely.  Tip: bake the potatoes the day before and refrigerate, for best results.

Cut the potatoes in half, lengthwise, and scoop out the flesh, leaving ¼” of potato intact with the skin.  Cut skin in half, again, to make quarters.  Brush each quarter with melted butter and air-fry the potato quarters for 5 minutes.  If you do not have an air-fryer, you may place under broiler for 3 minutes.  Remove when the skins get crispy and slightly browned.

Top each quarter with 1 TBL. of cheddar and ½ TBL of chopped bacon.  Put back into oven on the warm setting to melt the cheddar.  Plate up the skins and serve with the dip.

Serve with Buffalo Wild Wings Hatch Queso Dip and Hooter’s Buffalo Chicken Dip for a fun backyard or football party.


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