Instead of frying the potatoes skins ( in step 5) try baking, by heating oven to 475°F. Place skins in lightly greased 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish; bake 8 minutes per side. Turn potato skins over and fill with cheese and bacon. Bake 7 minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with sour cream and green onions.
Serve reserved cooked potatoes for a side dish topped with butter, salt and pepper.