Twice Baked Potatoes

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Discover the ultimate indulgence with Twice Baked Potatoes, a dish that’s perfect for entertaining and the holidays.

Twice Baked Potatoes are not just a dish; they’re an event, the ultimate indulgence that makes any dinner table festive.

They’re the perfect recipe for entertaining, especially during the holidays, and are revered for their versatility, being a hit at breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

This complete meal, loaded with a cheese and creamy mashed potato filling, is the epitome of comfort food.

Ideal for those seeking an easy recipe that results in a fancy side dish, Twice Baked Potatoes are as suitable for a laid-back family meal as they are for stress-free entertaining.

Plus, they’re not just for immediate feasting—these delights can also be made ahead of time, ready to be the easy heat and eat side dish or dinner when you’re short on time but aiming to impress.

Image of golden-brown Twice Baked Potatoes on a black serving plate, topped with melted cheddar cheese, a sprinkle of bright green chives, and crispy bacon bits.

5 Reasons Why Twice Baked Potatoes Are a Must-Try

  1. Perfect for Entertaining and the Holidays:
    Twice Baked Potatoes are the stress-free entertaining dish you’ve been looking for. They can be dressed up for the holidays or served as a comforting side at a casual gathering, making them the go-to recipe for any host.
  2. A Complete Meal in Every Bite:
    Stuffed with savory cheeses like cheddar, Monterrey, and Gruyere, and packed with cooked bacon, these potatoes are a hearty option that can stand alone as a satisfying meal.
  3. Make-Ahead Marvels:
    The beauty of Twice Baked Potatoes lies in their ability to be prepared in advance. Whip them up the day before, and you’ve got an easy heat and eat side that simplifies your cooking on busy days.
  4. Versatility at Its Best:
    Whether it’s for a fancy side dish at dinner, a robust lunch, or a fulfilling breakfast, these potatoes fit seamlessly into any meal plan. Their ability to be paired with various toppings makes them a versatile choice for any occasion.
  5. Ultimate Comfort Food:
    There’s nothing quite like the comforting embrace of a warm, cheese-filled baked potato. The creamy mashed potato filling combined with the favorite toppings of your choice hits the spot for comfort food cravings.
A platter of Twice Baked Potatoes stuffed with a rich mixture of cheddar, sour cream, and crispy bacon bits, garnished with a sprinkle of paprika.

What Are Twice Baked Potatoes?

Twice Baked Potatoes are exactly what they sound like—spuds that get the oven treatment not once, but twice!

You start by baking them whole until they’re nice and soft.

Then, you slice them down the middle and scoop out all the potato goodness from inside, being careful to keep the skins intact.

You take that soft potato you just scooped out and mash it up with all the good stuff—think butter, a splash of milk, some tangy sour cream, and a good handful of shredded cheese—until it’s creamy and irresistible.

It’s like making supercharged mashed potatoes to stuff back into those potato jackets.

Once you’ve filled the skins with this creamy, dreamy potato mix, you sprinkle a bit more cheese on top (because why not?) and pop them back in the oven.

After this second round of baking, they come out golden and bubbly—ready to be devoured! That’s the lowdown on the twice-baked magic.

Close-up image showing the fluffy and creamy mashed potato filling of a Twice Baked Potato, stuffed with a rich blend of cheeses and fresh herbs, with a perfectly crisp potato skin.

Twice Baked Potatoes Ingredients

(See the recipe card below for full ingredient list with quantities & instructions)

POTATOES

  • Russet potatoes: The best variety for baking due to their starchy nature.
  • Olive oil: For that golden skin.
  • Salt and Pepper: Essential seasoning to enhance flavor.

FILLING

  • Butter, Milk, and Sour Cream: For creaminess.
  • Chives and Green Onions: For a fresh, oniony crunch.
  • Garlic Powder and Paprika: Spices that add depth.
  • Salt and Pepper: To taste.
  • Cheddar, Monterrey, and Gruyere: A trio of cheeses for the perfect melt.
  • Bacon: Cooked and crumbled for a savory kick.
  • Salt and Pepper: Essential seasoning to enhance flavor.
A festive table setting featuring a platter of Twice Baked Potatoes garnished with red paprika and green onions, alongside holiday decorations, providing a cozy and inviting holiday meal vibe.

Picking the Right Potatoes for Double Baked Potatoes

Alright, let’s talk taters. If you’re aiming to whip up some twice baked potatoes that’ll have everyone asking for seconds, reach for Russet potatoes.

Here’s why they’re the champs:

  • They’re built like a football, making them easy to cut in half for that perfect portion.
  • One half of a Russet is just the right size for a single serving.
  • These spuds have got tough skins, which means they keep their shape nicely when you’re scooping and stuffing.
  • When you bake ’em, their skins get all nice and crispy, adding some crunch to your munch.
  • The insides fluff up like a dream—no gluey, sticky mess here, just creamy potato perfection.

Now, for the fun part—jazzing up those potatoes. The inside mash is your canvas, and you’re the artist.

Go wild with whatever spices, herbs, or cheese you’ve got lying around. Seriously, anything goes.

Need some inspiration? I’ll toss a few filling ideas your way, but really, the sky’s the limit!

A close-up view of creamy twice baked potato filling stuffed in a crispy Russet potato skin, garnished with green onions, bacon bits and paprika.

Recipe Variations for Twice Baked Potatoes

Let’s get creative with that twice baked potato recipe.

You’ve got the base down, so now it’s time to play with some flavors.

Check out these mouth-watering variations:

  • Chicken Twice Baked Potatoes: Toss in 1 to 1 ½ cups of chopped chicken into your usual mix. It’s a great way to add some protein and make those potatoes even more filling.
  • Blue Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes: If you’re into a tangier taste, swap out about ½ cup of your regular cheese for some crumbly blue cheese.
  • Spinach Twice Baked Potatoes: Mix in 10 oz. of thawed and well-drained frozen spinach. It’s a tasty way to sneak in some greens.
  • Broccoli Twice Baked Potatoes: Add a crunch with 1 ½ cups of finely chopped broccoli. If you like your broccoli softer, you can pre-cook it a bit before mixing in.
  • Buffalo Chicken Twice Baked Potatoes: For a spicy kick, mix some hot sauce into the potato filling to taste, swap out ½ cup of the regular cheese for blue cheese, and stir in 1 cup of chopped chicken.
  • Mexican Twice Baked Potatoes: Give it a fiesta flair by stirring in ½ cup each of black beans and corn, swap some milk with salsa, season with taco spices, and garnish with avocados, fresh tomatoes, and sour cream.
  • Greek Chicken Twice Baked Potatoes: Go Greek by substituting some of the regular cheese with feta, add some seasoned Greek chicken, olives, roasted red peppers into the mix, and top it with Greek yogurt or tzatziki, and maybe some almonds or pickled red onions.
  • Chili Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes: Make it a chili cheese bake by stirring in some chili beans and cooked ground beef, plus a dash of chili seasoning. Or, you could simply top your twice baked potato with chili and a sprinkle of cheese.
  • Leftover Magic Twice Baked Potatoes: Got leftovers? Add in that leftover chicken, hamburger, steak, or whatever protein you’ve got, along with a cup of leftover veggies. Season it with your favorites—Cajun, taco, curry, ranch, pesto—and you’ve got a brand-new dish!
A close-up image of golden-brown Twice Baked Loaded Potatoes on a black serving plate an forkful of cheesy velvety filling, garnished with bright green chives and filled with a rich, creamy mixture of melted cheese, crisp bacon bits, and a hint of green onion.

Twice Baked Potatoes Instructions

  1. Preparation:
    • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
    • Take a baking sheet, line it with aluminum foil for easy cleanup.
  2. Potato Prep:
    • Thoroughly scrub your Russet potatoes. After washing, dry them completely—the dryer the skin, the crispier it will be.
    • Use a fork to prick each potato a few times. This step is crucial to prevent your potatoes from turning into kitchen fireworks!
  3. The Initial Bake:
    • Gently brush the potatoes with olive oil, ensuring you coat them well for that perfect crispy skin.
    • Place the oiled and seasoned potatoes on the prepared baking sheet.
    • Bake in the preheated oven until they’re tender enough that a fork slides in easily (45-60 minutes)
Baked potato flesh being scooped out.
  1. Creating the Filling:
    • Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut them in half lengthwise.
    • Carefully scoop out the insides, leaving a thin layer of potato on the skin to maintain its structure.
    • In a large bowl, mash the scooped potato with butter, milk, and sour cream until well-combined and creamy.
    • Fold in the aromatic chives, garlic powder, paprika, and the finely chopped green onions for that burst of flavor.
    • Now, introduce the main stars: a generous blend of shredded cheddar, Monterrey, and Gruyere cheese, along with crispy bacon pieces for that irresistible taste and texture.
Baked potato mashed with cheese, chives, garlic powder, paprika, and the finely chopped green onions.
  1. Stuffing the Potatoes:
    • Spoon or pipe the decadent filling back into the hollowed-out potato skins, making sure they’re nicely heaped.
  2. The Second Bake:
    • Sprinkle a little extra cheese on top of each stuffed potato for that gooey, golden finish.
    • Place the potatoes back onto the baking sheet and return them to the oven.
    • Bake until the tops are bubbly and have turned a beautiful shade of golden brown—hello, heavenly crust!
  3. To Serve:
    • Let the twice baked potatoes rest for a few minutes after baking—they’re hot!
    • Add your favorite toppings to take these potatoes to the next level. Think sour cream, extra chives, a sprinkle of bacon, or whatever your heart desires.
    • Serve these beauties up as an indulgent side dish or make them the star of the show for any meal—breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Enjoy the ultimate comfort food satisfaction!
A festive table setting featuring a platter of Twice Baked Potatoes garnished with red paprika and green onions, alongside holiday decorations, providing a cozy and inviting holiday meal vibe.

The Ultimate Comfort Food

Twice Baked Potatoes are the epitome of comfort food.

The combination of fluffy potato, rich cheese, and savory bacon ensures every bite is a warm hug to your taste buds.

This easy recipe transforms a simple spud into a complete meal that’s perfect for any occasion.

These potatoes offer the comfort food experience with a twist, being stuffed with a cheese and creamy mashed potato filling that’s sure to satisfy.

Twice Baked Potatoes can be served as a complete meal, and they’re versatile enough for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

An overhead shot of a dish of Twice Baked Loaded Potatoes, each one perfectly browned and stuffed with a creamy, cheesy filling, accompanied by a small bowl of sour cream and fresh chives for additional topping.

Make-Ahead Double Baked Potatoes

One of the best things about Twice Baked Potatoes is their make-ahead magic.

Prepare them in advance for any event and simply reheat when needed, making them an easy heat and eat side or dinner.

This is a fantastic solution for stress-free entertaining.

A close-up image of golden-brown Twice Baked Loaded Potatoes on a black serving plate an forkful of cheesy velvety filling, garnished with bright green chives and filled with a rich, creamy mixture of melted cheese, crisp bacon bits, and a hint of green onion.

How to Store Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice Baked Potatoes make for a comforting meal prep option because they store and reheat beautifully.

Here’s how you can keep them tasting fresh:

Storing:

  • Refrigerator: Allow the potatoes to cool to room temperature. Then, place them in an airtight container or wrap them individually with plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days.
  • Freezer: For longer storage, wrap each potato individually in plastic wrap and then place them in a freezer bag or an airtight container. They can be frozen for up to 3 months. To prevent freezer burn, make sure they are sealed well.

Reheating Instructions:

  • Oven: The oven is the best method for reheating Twice Baked Potatoes. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Unwrap the potatoes if they’ve been stored in foil or plastic wrap and transfer them to a baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for about 20-25 minutes if refrigerated or 35-45 minutes if frozen.
  • Microwave: For a quicker option, you can use the microwave. Place the potato on a microwave-safe plate and heat for 2-3 minutes if refrigerated, or 5-7 minutes if frozen, or until heated through.

Tip: If you’re reheating frozen potatoes, it’s best to let them thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating to ensure even warming.

Whether you’re looking for an easy recipe and vegetarian side dish or dinner option, Twice Baked Potatoes have got you covered, perfect for stress-free entertaining or enjoying a complete meal any time of the day.

Delicious twice baked potatoes loaded with a creamy and cheesy mashed potato filling, sprinkled with crisp golden bacon bits, freshly chopped green onions, and a light dusting of paprika, served on a rustic ceramic plate.

How to Serve Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice Baked Potatoes, the epitome of comfort food, are versatile enough to be the star of the meal or an impressive side dish.

Whether you’re serving them for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or featuring them for entertaining during the holidays, they’re sure to be a hit.

Here are some delightful ways to serve them:

As a Fancy Side Dish:

Marry Me Chicken: Serve your Twice Baked Potatoes alongside this romantic and creamy chicken dish for a combo that’s perfect for date night or a special family dinner.

A delicious pan of

Baked Paprika Chicken: The smoky flavor of paprika chicken pairs wonderfully with the creamy and cheesy filling of the potatoes.

Overhead shot of Paprika Baked Chicken Thighs in a white baking dish, showcasing the rich color and seasoning.

Crispy Fried Chicken: Who can resist the classic duo of fried chicken and potatoes? This pairing is a nod to the beloved comfort food combo.

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry: For an East-meets-West fusion, the savory flavors of a stir fry complement the rich taste of Twice Baked Potatoes.

Freshly cooked Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry in a hot wok, showcasing the rich colors and textures of the dish

Chicken Baked in Garlic Butter Sauce: The garlic butter sauce from the chicken melds beautifully with the fluffy potato filling.

golden-brown chicken breast smothered in a creamy garlic butter sauce, garnished with fresh herbs.

Honey Fried Chicken: The sweet and tangy taste of honey mustard chicken adds a delightful contrast to the savory potatoes.

A plate of crispy, golden Honey Fried Chicken, perfectly cooked and glistening with a light honey glaze.
A golden-brown Twice Baked Potato overflowing with a creamy, cheesy filling and topped with vibrant green chives and crumbled bacon on a white plate.
Yield: 8 servings

Twice Baked Potatoes

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Twice baked potatoes offer a feast for the senses with their crispy skins and lusciously creamy, cheese-infused filling. These indulgent spuds are the perfect accompaniment to any meal, bringing a touch of elegance to your dining table. Ideal for making ahead of time, they're a stress-free option for both everyday dinners and special occasions alike.

Ingredients

POTATOES

  • 4 medium size Russet potatoes scrubbed and dried very well
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

FILLING

  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/3 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon dried chives (1 tablespoon fresh)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt more or less to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp of each paprika, dried dill weed, pepper
  • Pinch – ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly grated cheddar, Monterrey or Gruyere (I like half cheddar, half Gruyere), divided
  • 4 oz. (5-6 strips) bacon cooked and chopped, divided

Instructions

Preparation:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Take a baking sheet, line it with aluminum foil for easy cleanup.

Potato Prep:

  1. Thoroughly scrub your Russet potatoes. After washing, dry them completely—the dryer the skin, the crispier it will be.
  2. Use a fork to prick each potato a few times. This step is crucial to prevent your potatoes from turning into kitchen fireworks!

The Initial Bake:

  1. Gently brush the potatoes with olive oil, ensuring you coat them well for that perfect crispy skin.
  2. Place the oiled and seasoned potatoes on the prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until they're tender enough that a fork slides in easily.

Creating the Filling:

  1. Once the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut them in half lengthwise.
  2. Carefully scoop out the insides, leaving a thin layer of potato on the skin to maintain its structure.
  3. In a large bowl, mash the scooped potato with butter, milk, and sour cream until well-combined and creamy.
  4. Fold in the aromatic chives, garlic powder, paprika, and the finely chopped green onions for that burst of flavor.
  5. Now, introduce the main stars: a generous blend of shredded cheddar, Monterrey, and Gruyere cheese, along with crispy bacon pieces for that irresistible taste and texture.

Stuffing the Potatoes:

  1. Spoon or pipe the decadent filling back into the hollowed-out potato skins, making sure they’re nicely heaped.

The Second Bake:

  1. Sprinkle a little extra cheese on top of each stuffed potato for that gooey, golden finish.
  2. Place the potatoes back onto the baking sheet and return them to the oven.
  3. Bake until the tops are bubbly and have turned a beautiful shade of golden brown—hello, heavenly crust!

To Serve:

  1. Let the twice baked potatoes rest for a few minutes after baking—they’re hot!
  2. Add your favorite toppings to take these potatoes to the next level. Think sour cream, extra chives, a sprinkle of bacon, or whatever your heart desires.
  3. Serve these beauties up as an indulgent side dish or make them the star of the show for any meal—breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Enjoy the ultimate comfort food satisfaction!

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 341Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 61mgSodium 641mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 14g

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