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Twice Baked Potatoes

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Twice Baked Potatoes
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 50 min
  • Servings 8
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Twice-baked potatoes are one of our favorite dinner sides. Made with butter, stuffed with cheese and topped with sour cream or fresh chives, twice-baked potatoes go with any meal.

Ingredients

4
large unpeeled Idaho or russet baking potatoes (8 to 10 oz each)
1/4
to 1/2 cup milk
1/4
cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4
teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
1
cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
1
tablespoon chopped fresh chives

Directions

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. Gently scrub potatoes, but do not peel. Pierce potatoes several times with a fork to allow steam to escape while potatoes bake.
  • 2 Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender when pierced in center with a fork.
  • 3 When potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut lengthwise in half; scoop out inside, leaving a thin shell. In medium bowl, mash potatoes with potato masher or electric mixer on low speed until no lumps remain. Add milk in small amounts, beating after each addition with potato masher or electric mixer on low speed (amount of milk needed to make potatoes smooth and fluffy depends on kind of potatoes used).
  • 4 Add butter, salt and pepper; beat vigorously until potatoes are light and fluffy. Stir in cheese and chives. Fill potato shells with mashed potato mixture. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • 5 Increase oven temperature to 400°F. Bake about 20 minutes or until hot.
Tips  

Expert Tips

Vary the cheese as you like for these stuffed potatoes. Swiss, Colby and Monterey Jack are all tasty alternatives to Cheddar cheese.

Carefully scoop out the inside of each potato half with a soup spoon, leaving a 1/4-inch shell.

Make-Ahead Twice-Baked Potatoes: Make potatoes through Step 3. Wrap tightly and refrigerate up to 24 hours or freeze up to 1 month. Bake as directed in Step 4. Bake refrigerated potatoes 30 minutes, frozen potatoes about 40 minutes.

Bacon and Pepper Twice-Baked Potatoes: Stir in 1/2 c crumbled crisply cooked bacon (8 slices) and 1/2 c diced red bell pepper with the cheese and chives in Step 3.

Italian Twice-Baked Potatoes: Substitute 1 cup shredded Italian cheese blend for the Cheddar cheese and add 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning with the cheese.

Filled potato shells can be put in the fridge or freezer (wrapped up tightly) before being baked the second time. Bake refrigerated potatoes 30 minutes, frozen potatoes about 40 minutes.

Stir in 1/2 cup crumbled crisply cooked bacon (8 slices) and 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper with the cheese and chives in step 4.

Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
216.3
(
Calories from Fat
100
)
Daily Value
Total Fat
11.0g
17%
(
Saturated Fat
6.6g
33%
,
Trans Fat
0g
)
Cholesterol
30.9mg
10%
Sodium
176.0mg
7%
Total Carbohydrate
23.8g
8%
(
Dietary Fiber
1.7g
7%
,
Sugars
1.4g
)
Protein
6.6g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
8%
8%
Vitamin C
12.50%
12%
Calcium
12.70%
13%
Iron
6.30%
6%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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