Twice Baked Potatoes (and how I bake a great potato)

These are really good twice baked potatoes. They aren’t extremely fancy, but they are just yummy good. We had these with some Porterhouse steaks on Sunday for Jim’s birthday. That very dinner is a typical birthday dinner for him. Which is fine with me because it’s pretty easy to fulfill that request.

You know how they always say that if you are cooking with wine you should use a wine that you would be happy drinking with? Well, I think the same goes for a twice baked potato. You want to start with a baked potato that you would be very happy eating.


So this is how I bake really nice fluffy potatoes. First, I try to get even sized potatoes  so they cook evenly. After cleaning and piercing several times with a fork. rub  some good olive oil on them. Sprinkle liberally with either Kosher or sea salt. You can see in the picture that there is a decent amount on there – and you could even add more. Place on a baking sheet and bake in a 400 degree preheated oven for about 40-60 minutes. Times will vary depending on the size of the potato. This will give you a nice fluffy potato with a yummy crispy skin. You can also wrap the potatoes in foil and bake, but it results in a softer skin and a bit of a different texture. I think this goes without saying, but I use russet potatoes because they are really starchy which is good for getting a nice fluffy potato.

These twice baked potatoes are really simple once you have the potatoes baked. They just have butter, salt, cheese, green onions and sour cream in them, that’s it. I feel like since I am having them with a steak you don’t really need anything else to flavor them . The flavor is out of this world and the nice crispy skin tastes soo good with the mashed potato mixture. Definitely, if you have never made twice baked potatoes you have to try these…they are to die for. Also, they are great to serve a crowd because you can make them ahead, stick them in the fridge and then pop in the oven when you are ready to bake.  I know that some people might take issue with me whipping them in a stand mixer, but I just really like the whipped consistency against the crispy potato skins.  If you have an issue whipping potatoes then you can certainly just mash them up with a potato masher:-)

Enjoy!

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Twice Baked Potatoes
 
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Recipe type: Side Dish

Ingredients
  • 4 large russet potatoes – baked
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 sliced green onions
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 sliced green onions
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • splash of milk
  • Salt, white pepper and garlic powder to taste.
  • Paprika and additional butter (optional)

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice baked potatoes in half (the long way) and scoop the pulp out leaving enough pulp in the potato to give it some stability.
  3. Put the butter with the green onions in the microwave and cook for about 30 seconds or until the butter is completely melted.
  4. Add melted butter and scallions along with all other remaining ingredients to the potato pulp. With a stand mixer beat the potatoes until you get a nice whipped consistency adding a little more milk if necessary. You can also mash with a potato masher if you don’t want the whipped consistency.
  5. Mound the potato mixture into the shells and if desired, brush with a bit of olive oil or melted butter and then top with paprika. Sprinkle with a bit more salt and pepper.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes.

Comments

  1. Oh, I loved baked potatoes. Some people make them in the microwave but it’s just not as nice as when done in the oven. You’ve just put me in the mood for one now. :)

  2. Yum, this recipe sounds wonderful!

  3. tooooooo tempting n irresistable recipe..
    Tasty Appetite

  4. Not only do you bake a great potato, but you take great pictures of them too! Twice baked potatoes are definitely one of my absolute favourites! Good work!

  5. i’ll eat a baked potato, but it’s the twice-baked potato that really appeals to me. i love the whipped filling, and with all that butter and cheese, who wouldn’t? :)

  6. Yum! I love twice baked potatoes, and I’ve had a hankering to make them recently. That might have to be remedied!

  7. I have never thought of twice baked potatoes as a do ahead dish. Great idea!

  8. Oh yum, one of our favorites! Never make them as often as I should though. Going to add these to the menu next week!

  9. These look awesome, Becki. I have twice baked potatoes on the menu for this coming week! I love them so much and like you, I always make them ahead of time. Easy easy easy.

  10. I think I know what I’m having for dinner tonight! These look great. I might have to throw in some broccoli so I feel healthy ;)

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