December 3rd, 2011

Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice Baked Potatoes



Is there anybody else out there who likes Lady Gaga? A lot of people here in Utah aren’t crazy about her, but she’s wildly popular, so I know I can’t be the only one. I first saw her perform on Dancing with the Stars, and I really liked her music. I know this is a cooking blog, and it would be good to have a connection to food. Well, I’ve got one. Don’t forget that costume she once wore made entirely of meat! I know, I thought that was strange, too, but other than that, I really like her. She actually seems very down to earth. I recently saw her being interviewed on TV, and she mentioned that her dad refuses to change his phone number. He’s had the same phone number since before she became famous, and people call him all the time. If she happens to be there, he’ll even hand her the phone and say, “It’s Alicia from Tennessee.” I think that’s cute.
Anyway, she recently did a TV special called “A Very Gaga Thanksgiving,” and it aired on Thanksgiving night. I didn’t watch it that night (I like her, but not enough to break me away from my family on Thanksgiving), but I did record it and watched it a couple of days later. During part of the show, she was in a room full of elementary school kids, and she asked them to name different foods that their families ate on Thanksgiving.


One dish that seems to be on every Thanksgiving table are potatoes. Whether they are mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, scalloped or otherwise, potatoes are a real favorite. That’s why I chose these twice baked potatoes to be the first side dish on my website. They have so many yummy ingredients. I mean, who can turn down potatoes mixed with sour cream, cheese and bacon?


The first thing you’ll need to do is to bake your potatoes. I usually bake mine at 400 for 1 hour and 10 minutes. I also like to use these potato nails to ensure that the middle of the potatoes get cooked well.
Once your potatoes are out of the oven, and they’ve cooled down a bit, you can slice them in half lengthwise and start scooping out the insides, leaving a thin shell.
Now, let’s face it. Empty potato skin halves aren’t exactly pretty, and they’re not all created equal. So pick out the two ugliest step-sisters and get rid of them. That will ensure that the remaining shells will be overflowing with beauty and goodness. Using an electric mixer, mash the scooped-out potato along with the sour cream, butter, cheddar cheese soup, salt, pepper, and garlic. Then switch to a big spoon and mix in the cheese, bacon bits, and chives.
Now it’s time to spoon that cheesy potato mixture back into the shells. I usually begin by placing a big spoonful into each shell. That gives me a better idea of how much is available to go in each one, and then I can start smoothing them out and making them look pretty. Once you’ve got them all looking ship-shape, sprinkle them with a little pixie dust—-I mean paprika.  Then bake at 450 for 15 to 20 minutes or until hot.
Twice Baked Potatoes
Enjoy!
Twice Baked Potatoes
Serving Suggestions:  These potatoes are excellent served with any of the following barbecued dishes:

8 Responses to “Twice Baked Potatoes”

  1. Don’t wait until next Thanksgiving to try these. Yum!!

  2. We’re having brisket for dinner on Sunday and now I know what we are having with it. Can’t wait to try these!

  3. I have a question about the potato nails you used. I have never seen that technique before, but it makes sense. Where do you get them?

  4. Lisa, I recently looked for some more potato nails, and I couldn’t find them in the few stores I checked. But when my mom was here at Christmas, she told me that she had just bought some online. I just checked amazon.com and found them there. Here is the link: Potato Nails

  5. Hey Laura, once again your recipe was a hit! I smoked a brisket for my daughter’s birthday tonight which is usually the highlight, but I made your Twice Baked Potatoes and they were the talk of the table. Your easy to make recipes are making me look really good. Thank you!

  6. Greg, I’m glad everybody enjoyed them. Thanks for the feedback!

  7. Just made these tonight and my husband and daughter loved them!!! This is a keeper!

  8. Gina, I always appreciate it when somebody comes back to comment after they have tried one of my recipes. Thank you!

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