Makin’ A Potato, Bakin’ It Twice

by Andie Mitchell on June 25, 2010

I had to call my parents after I ate this. For 21 years they served me dinner and not once did they dish up a potato this grand. Sure, there were spuds. Mashed, oven roasted, french fried, and hashed. But never a crisp skinned boat filled with fluffy mashed potatoes and sour cream, melted sharp cheddar and smoked bacon. I have a feeling it’s going to take years of counseling to reconcile the injustices of our dinner table. At least I know where to forward the bills.

If your family was similarly neglectful, I suggest you do the same. Make a potato and bake it twice, that is. Similar to potato skins, these starchy browns have a crispy crunchy shell, but with a rich, creamy center. And the truth of the matter is: bubbling cheese and bits of salty bacon could make a cardboard box taste like manna from heaven.

Twice baked potatoes are satisfying enough to enjoy one half as the side dish to your meal. But you might consider just eating both and calling it a day. I support that.

Tonight I’m heading out for a big birthday bash. A celebration of a dear friend’s twenty fifth year. I think the prescription for living up the quarter lifemark should be this: spend the day doing all of the activities you love, gather all of your friends for a lavish, utterly delicious, dinner at a restaurant where you’re not the one footing the bill, then spend the remaining hours til the bell strikes twelve in a venue that allows for dancing, laughing, and all things debaucherous. Take two and call me in the morning.

What are your plans for the weekend?

Twice Baked Potatoes

(makes 2 stuffed halves)

  • 1 large russet potato, washed and dried
  • 1-2 tsp canola oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (or a blend of cheddar and monterey jack)
  • 2 TBSP sour cream
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped scallions

Preheat the oven to 400°. Bake the potato for 1 hour, until it gives slightly when you press the sides. When you remove the potato from the oven, raise the oven heat to 450°.

When it is cool enough to handle, slice the potato in half lengthwise.

Use a spoon to scoop out the inside, leaving a 1/4″ border all the way around.

Brush the insides and outsides of the potato halves with the canola oil.

Place the halves, cut side down, on a roasting pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake them at 450° for 10 minutes. Now flip them so they are cut side up and bake for another 10 minutes.

While the potatoes are in the oven, fry the bacon in a small pan set over medium heat until crisp- about 5 minutes per side. Drain the slices on a paper towel-lined plate when they are finished frying and then dice them finely.

In a small bowl, mash the insides of the potato with a generous pinch of salt, pepper, and the sour cream.

When the potatoes are sufficiently crisp, remove them from the oven and fill each half with the mashed mixture. Sprinkle with cheese, the diced bacon, and place back in the oven for two minutes to allow the cheese to melt.

Garnish with fresh chopped scallions or chives.

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

MelissaNibbles June 25, 2010 at 4:47 pm

I love twice baked potatoes. I like using sweet potatoes when I make mine. YUM!

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Can You Stay for Dinner June 25, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Oooo sweet potatoes actually sound even better as the base! I love the way you use laughing cow with sweet potatoes, so tasty.

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Brittany June 25, 2010 at 5:10 pm

YUM! That looks SO good!

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Shanna June 25, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Awesome way with words!

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Can You Stay for Dinner June 25, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Thanks Shanna! I really appreciate your support!

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Lisa June 25, 2010 at 6:48 pm

The only time I tried to make twice-baked potatoes I could not get them to stay filled properly-they turned out messy, but good.

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Kris | iheartwellness.com June 25, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Mmm I used to love twice baked potatoes when I would eat bacon and cheese :) I wonder if they would be just as good “vegan-ized” hmmm

Have a great weekend love!

xxoo

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Can You Stay for Dinner June 25, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Hey! Thanks! Hmm, how could we veganize these? Worth a try! Have a relaxing/wonderful weekend, my dear!

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Ally @ Sweet & Savoory June 25, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Same here! Not once do I remember my mom whipping this up, but they are now a staple in our house!

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Food-Fitness-FreshAir June 25, 2010 at 8:13 pm

Love the title of this post. I haven’t had a twice baked potato since…high school probably!

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Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) June 25, 2010 at 8:28 pm

We never had these as a kid either. We may need to form a group over this! I made potato skins for my boys a while back and they were in heaven! I will have to not make the same mistakes my parents made and make these for my boys! Have a great weekend!

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homecookedem June 25, 2010 at 8:36 pm

I used to make twice baked potatoes for my family every Sunday with our meal after lunch when I lived at home. I used a Rachael Ray recipe – it was actually one of the first shows I ever watched on Food Network. That recipe called for smoked gruyere. Omg, so creamy and smoky and amazing!! You should try that cheese out in your potatoes some time. I promise you’ll love it!! :)

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Can You Stay for Dinner June 25, 2010 at 9:07 pm

OH my God, smoked gruyere sounds like it would put me over the edge- delicious!!

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homecookedem June 25, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Uhhh, I meant with our meal at lunch, not after… that would just be silly! ;)

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simplyshaka June 25, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Holy balls. I’m sorry to be so blunt but I am just sitting here with my mouth gaping wide open (and hoping drool doesnt come out)

That is one epic potato. I would love to try this but I could see it easily becoming an obsession.

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Danielle (Runs on Green) June 25, 2010 at 9:29 pm

Have fun at the bday partayyy!

Can you believe I’ve never had a baked potato? Let alone twice baked…

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Can You Stay for Dinner June 25, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Oh my goodness! Never ever eaten a baked potato??? Just not a fan? Haha, I can understand, I have tons of food preferences

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Leah @ Why Deprive? June 25, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Ive made twice baked potatoes before, but never this good. And I wont lie, I usually microwave them first because Im lazy. :)

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sophia June 26, 2010 at 3:35 am

OMG. Must make these tonight. My aunt just bought a huge box of potatoes. A whole carton of them! And amen to this: “bubbling cheese and bits of salty bacon could make a cardboard box taste like manna from heaven”. I can eat my own liver if it has bubbling cheese and salty bacon!

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luvtoeat June 26, 2010 at 3:56 am

i’ve never made twice baked potatoes before cause i’m so lazy sometimes but these seem totally worth it!

hope you had a great time out tonight!

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Lindsay June 26, 2010 at 5:58 am

Oh yes. Twice baked potatoes rock. I’m glad you had a heart to heart with your fam about not introducing you to the awesomness they provide! ;)

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Faith June 26, 2010 at 6:25 am

It was the same thing in my house growing up — never once did we have a twice baked potato! I think I was a teenager the first time I had one, lol! Time to make up for lost time! ;)

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Amy @ Second City Randomness June 26, 2010 at 6:30 am

I loved twice baked potatos- but my mom never made them either. I think she preferred simplicity when it came to the potato.

Clearly I was jipped.

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Nora@LifeLifeEatRight June 26, 2010 at 10:18 am

I can almost taste that from the screen!! Looks so delicious!

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Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen June 26, 2010 at 11:57 am

This might be a strange compliment…but that is the prettiest picture of a twice-baked potato I have ever seen. :)

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Can You Stay for Dinner June 26, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Hey, thanks Sarah! I’m a potato fiend!

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vamptriana4evr October 21, 2010 at 10:11 am

I love twice-baked potatoes… and this sounds exactly like I would make them! LOL I have to say though that yours look prettier than mine normally do…

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vamptriana4evr October 21, 2010 at 10:14 am

Oh yeah… I almost forgot to ask. Have you ever used Hormel real Bacon bits? I get super huge bags of those from Sam’s Club and I have to tell you I will put a tablespoon of those bits on just about anything! They are super tasty, precooked, real bacon and just 25 calories and 1.5g fat per tablespoon!

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Can You Stay for Dinner October 21, 2010 at 10:34 am

No, I haven’t tried those bacon bits, but they sound great! Thanks for the tip!!

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