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Twice Baked Potatoes--mashed potatoes with attitude!

Updated on December 24, 2013

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


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.


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


Fill the shells with prepared potato filling


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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  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    8 years ago from Northeastern United States

    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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    Sinea Pies 

    8 years ago from Northeastern United States

    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 

    8 years ago from Northeastern United States

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

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    8 years ago from San Jose, Costa Rica

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

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    8 years ago from Northeastern United States

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

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    Don Simkovich 

    8 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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    Brenda Trott, M.Ed 

    8 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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    8 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!! :)

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    8 years ago from Northeastern United States

    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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    8 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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    Karry Campbell 

    8 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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    Deborah Neyens 

    8 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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    Cousin Fudd 

    8 years ago

    Love these!!

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    8 years ago from Turkey

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

  • Sinea Pies profile imageAUTHOR

    Sinea Pies 

    8 years ago from Northeastern United States

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

  • Mimi721wis profile image


    8 years ago

    This recipe seems really simple and delicious. Voted up.

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    Pam Pounds 

    8 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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    Susan Hazelton 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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    8 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!

  • prasetio30 profile image


    8 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...


  • Eiddwen profile image


    8 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


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    8 years ago

    Looks good- voted up and useful!

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    Steph Harris 

    8 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:-)

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    Michelle @ Simplify, Live, Love 

    8 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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    Sinea Pies 

    8 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Thanks annmackiemiller a the practical mommy!

  • ThePracticalMommy profile image


    8 years ago from United States

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

  • annmackiemiller profile image


    8 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

    looks very tasty - voted up and stuff


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