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Potato skins are a snack food or appetizer. They are made of slices of half-spherical pieces of potatoes with the skin left on one side and a quarter-inch or so of the inside of the potato on the other. The potato side is covered with toppings such as bacon, cheddar cheese, green onions, and anything else that might be found on a baked potato. They are commonly found on the menus of casual dining restaurants such as T.G.I. Friday's, which is known for serving them.
While commonly eaten in restaurants, these snacks are also commonly made in homes across America. They have become a household favorite since they were introduced in American life. They are used as snacks for events such as The Super Bowl and other large events.
As an appetizer in restaurants, potato skins have been around since approximately the 1970s with T.G.I. Friday's having documented making them as early as 1974.  Even so, many other restaurants such as Prime Rib Restaurant and R.J. Grunts of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises have claims to be a part of the pioneer list of the first restaurants to serve potato skins.