Twice Baked Potatoes--mashed potatoes with attitude!

Twice baked potatoes are a fabulous alternative for serving baked or mashed potatoes. A great compliment to a steak dinner, twice baked potatoes (also called "Potato Boats") served with a crisp green salad create a meal that is both pleasing to the eye and the palate.Comfort-food at it's finest!

Twice baked potatoes are actually homemade mashed potatoes with attitude! You can spruce them up using a variety of ingredients: your choice of cheeses, diced meats or seafood, scallions, Mexican seasonings, breaded topping... anything that appeals to you.

What we are sharing here today is a traditional twice-baked potato that mimics "loaded baked potatoes" in ingredients, minus the chives. (You can always add them, of course!)

The key ingredients are: baked potato, sour cream, butter, cheddar cheese and bacon.


Gather your ingredients

Ingredients for Twice Baked Potatoes
Ingredients for Twice Baked Potatoes | Source

Ingredients

6 large baking potatoes

2 T. butter

1/3 - 1/2 cup sour cream

1/4 cup milk

cooked bacon, chopped into pieces

shredded cheddar cheese

NOTE: you will want to play around with the amounts to make it the consistency that is right for you. The milk smooths it out but take care that it does not get runny.

Instructions

Use large baking potatoes. Scrub the outside first. Now, score the top with a knife by inserting it and making two slits, about 1 inch deep, forming an "X". This will allow the steam to come out of the potato while baking.

Place the potatoes on the rack of a preheated 300┬░ oven´╗┐. Bake until the potatoes are soft. You will know that they're ready ifn you can gently squeeze them with two fingers and they feel soft. Remove the potatoes from the oven and let them cool until they can be easily handled.

While they are baking, fry your bacon in a skillet. Cook 1-2 strips of bacon per potato. When the bacon is cooled, break it up into small pieces.

Wash, then cut slits in top

Bake, then slice the top open

Back to the potatoes! When the potatoes are warm, but not hot, take them one at a time and carve the top off, just like carving a pumpkin. Scoop the insides out, carefully, without ripping the shell. The top can be discarded.

Place the insides of the potatoes in a sauce pan. Add butter, milk and sour cream. Using an electric mixer, beat until creamy on low heat on the stove. Add the chopped, cooked bacon and blend. Fill each potato shell with the mixture and place them on a baking sheet.

If you will not be eating them immediately, refrigerate until it's time to warm them up. Just before serving, reheat the potatoes in a moderate oven until they are warm-through.

Five minutes prior to serving, put a generous amount of shredded cheddar cheese on each one (this is where you might want to add some flakes of chives, if you want to) and melt it in the oven.

Cream Potatoes with Sour Cream, Milk & Butter on the Stove

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Fill the shells with prepared potato filling

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Pile Cheese on the Potatoes, Warm in the Oven

Cheese melted? Ready to serve!

Voila! Dinner is served!

Big Steak, Twice Baked Potato and Salad
Big Steak, Twice Baked Potato and Salad | Source

About the Author...

Sinea Pies is a freelance writer who writes frequently on HubPages, GVParent Magazine and her own website: Ducks 'n a Row.


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

looks very tasty - voted up and stuff


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ThePracticalMommy 5 years ago from United States

My mom makes these quite often. They're so good! Thanks for sharing recipe. :)


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks annmackiemiller a the practical mommy!


Michelle @ Simplify, Live, Love 5 years ago

I love twice baked potatoes but don't make them very often. Thanks for the reminder to add them to the lineup! :-)


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Steph Harris 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

This way of serving potatoes makes a good change from normal mash plus the added fibre from the shells, thanks for reminding me of how good and versatile they are:-)


leann2800 5 years ago

Looks good- voted up and useful!


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Another definite for me to bookmark.

I'll let you know how I get on and I vote this one up.

Thanks for sharing.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Wow.... I love this recipes. It looks delicious and you have beautiful presentation. Thank you very much for writing this and share with us. Rated up. Cheers...

Prasetio:)


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puddingicecream 5 years ago from United States

This looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe - great pictures to go along with the instructions. Voted up and useful. I'm definitely trying this out next week!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

I love twice baked potatoes, thanks for the recipe. It looks delicious.


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Pam Pounds 5 years ago from So Cal Girl in the Midwest!

Twice baked potatoes are definitely one of my favorite comfort foods. I add chopped green onion to mine.


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Mimi721wis 5 years ago

This recipe seems really simple and delicious. Voted up.


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks for the vote up, Mimi721wis. It's appreciated!


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rockdresses 5 years ago from Turkey

It looks so delicious! Very useful info! Vote up!


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Cousin Fudd 5 years ago from From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina

Love these!!


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DeborahNeyens 5 years ago from Iowa

They look delicious. I used to make these all the time but I guess I forgot about them. I'll be making them again soon. Thanks for the reminder!


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Karry Campbell 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Those look fantastic! It's the middle of the night, and you've made me hungry. I'll be dreaming about your potatoes if I ever get to bed tonight. Great hub, thanks!


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billips 5 years ago from Central Texas

These look fabulous - you had me with the sour cream and then the picture with the melted cheese on top and the crinkly potato skins - it's right after lunch, and I'm already hungry - B.


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Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Sometimes I make an extra one for a meal, knowing somebody is going to wish they had more. Often, it gets cut in half for us to share. One is not enough! :)


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rob_allen 4 years ago from MNL, PH

Not a fan of potatoes but these really look yummy even in pictures! Yum Yum! I want mine with more cheese and bacon on top!! :)


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frugalfamily 4 years ago from Houston, TX

Yummy! I love these potatoes. Now that I've gone vegan, I have to figure out another way to top them..someone told me a special type of yeast will make them taste cheezy...a good thing!


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Don Simkovich 4 years ago from Pasadena, CA

I love the title! Baked potatoes are a great meal in and of themselves ... having a green salad with them is important.


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

The more cheese and bacon the better, rob_allen. Go for it!


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Maximizer 4 years ago from San Jose, Costa Rica

This is genius! Now if only I had an oven...


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Thanks frugalfamily...good luck with the veggan move. You're much brave than me :)


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Yes, Don, a salad is a great side. Most often we have them with steak and a green salad, too. Thanks for the comment! :)


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Sinea Pies 4 years ago from Northeastern United States Author

Maximizer, you crack me up! LOL! Yes, an oven is a good idea...or a friend to make them for you!

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