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This twice baked potato recipe is a favorite side dish at our house. That’s probably because it has the perfect blend of cheese, sour cream, and onions baked right into it.
Twice Baked Potato – Ultimate Comfort Food
Potatoes are a comfort food for many people, including me. I love them in all forms, including these twice-baked potatoes, French fries, potatoes au gratin, and any other way you want to serve them to me.
What You Need to for This Twice Baked Potato Recipe
You only need a few ingredients to make these mounds of deliciousness. In addition to the potatoes, you need shredded cheese, sour cream, and onions. I sometimes add bacon bits, but this time I didn’t.
Although you can use any type of onion, I used green onions for these. They’re pretty easy to work with because you only have to cut them in one direction. And you don’t need many because a few of them bring you as much flavor as you need.
I sprinkled a tiny bit of seasoned salt into the mixture, but it really wasn’t necessary. There’s enough saltiness in the cheese and tangy taste in the sour cream. You can add pepper, but again, these potatoes don’t need the extra flavor.
How to Make Twice Baked Potatoes
Poke some holes in the potatoes and bake them in the microwave until they are tender.
Mix the sour cream, shredded cheese, onions, bacon (optional) and any other seasoning you want to add.
After the potatoes are done, cut them in half lengthwise.
Next, scoop out the center of the potato and put it in a bowl. Make sure you leave at least 1/4 inch of potato next to the skin, or they’ll cave in or fall apart. That makes them difficult to stuff. That little extra potato stuck to the skin adds stability to the shell.
Using a fork, mash the potato. If you want it extra fluffy or creamy, you can use a mixer and add a couple of tablespoons of milk. I like texture and firmness in my potatoes, so I don’t use a mixer.
Add all of the ingredients to the mashed potatoes and stir well.
Scoop the mixture evenly into each potato skin. Add more shredded cheese on top and sprinkle some chopped onion tips on them. This is more for garnish than anything, although it does add even more onion flavor. You can also add paprika if you want the red color on top.
Bake for approximately 30 minutes, until the cheese melts and begins to turn a light brown color.
What to Serve with Twice Baked Potatoes
These potatoes go with almost any meal. If you have steak, it’s even better than a plain baked potato. Or you can skip the meat and serve it with some steamed vegetables or this cucumber tomato corn salad.
I’ve even been known to have a leftover twice-baked potato alone for lunch the next day. Since it’s filling and satisfying, I don’t get the urge to snack before dinner.
Twice Baked Potatoes – Always Ready
If you like to be prepared at all times, you can make a bunch of these twice baked potatoes and freeze them. Then all you need to do is take them out of the freezer, pop them into the oven, and heat them up for about 45 minutes.
You can also prepare them ahead of time and refrigerate them. Then as the rest of your dinner cooks, you can finish cooking it in the oven for half an hour. If they’re not frozen, they don’t take as long to heat up.
Benefits of Potatoes
In spite of so many people avoiding potatoes because of low-carb diets, they are actually good for you. Here are some of the benefits they provide:
- They are low in calories—with the average potato coming in around 100-120 calories each.
- Potatoes have no fat or cholesterol.
- In addition to being high in fiber, they also contain vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6, and magnesium.
- Potatoes contain antioxidants that help protect your body from various diseases.
- They are easily digestible.
- Potatoes are versatile and go with almost any type of meal.
- You can peel them, but it’s better to eat the whole potato because the peeling has quite a few additional nutrients and fiber.
- You can cook them in a variety of ways, such as boiled, fried, baked, or grilled.
- They are inexpensive, so you can serve them often without having to worry about your budget.
Another dish we enjoy is these honey mustard roasted potatoes. Not only are they are packed with flavor, but they’re also easy to make.
Personalize Your Twice Baked Potato
I’m a big believer in tampering with recipes to make them more suited for my personal taste. For that reason, I encourage you to add other items you like.
Some other things that are good in these potatoes are mushrooms, olives, capers, and pimentos. If you like something, try adding it to a small section of your potato. That way, you won’t waste a whole potato if it’s not as good as you think it will be.
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- 2 large potatoes
- 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar or Colby cheese
- 1/2 cup of sour cream
- 2 tablespoons of green onions, chopped
- 2 tablespoons of green onion tips, chopped
- 2 tablespoons of chopped bacon bits (optional)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Poke about a dozen holes in the raw potatoes and bake them in the microwave until they are tender. For 2 large potatoes, it takes about 10 minutes.
- While the potatoes are cooking, mix the sour cream, 1/2 cup of the cheese, and chopped green onions in a bowl. Add the bacon bits if you are including them.
- Remove them from the microwave and allow them to rest for about 5 minutes.
- Cut them in half lengthwise. After they are cool enough to handle, scoop out the insides of the potatoes, leaving about 1/4” of potato attached to the skin to keep it from caving in.
- Fork-mash the potatoes. Add the mashed potatoes to the sour cream and cheese mixture.
- Scoop the mixture back into the potato skins. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the potatoes and garnish with the green onion tips.
- Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for approximately 30 minutes, until the cheese melts.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 430 Total Fat 24g Saturated Fat 14g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 8g Cholesterol 69mg Sodium 498mg Carbohydrates 36g Fiber 4g Sugar 3g Protein 18g