Monday, January 26, 2009

Twice Baked Potatoes

Mmmm, just typing twice baked potatoes makes me lick my lips. Extra creamy, cheesy potatoes and they are great for company. They are the perfect make-ahead side item.
It is raining today and cold (for Texas). There is supposedly freezing rain on the way and all the schools are posting their information about possible late starts tomorrow. We are such wimps in Texas. If it ices just a little bit, we have NO IDEA what to do and everything gets cancelled. Not that I'm complaining- at all. Who doesn't love a snow day in the middle of the week? So, come on ice. We will happily awaiting your arrival.

Twice Baked Potatoes
baking potatoes
grated cheddar cheese
1 egg
sour cream
bacon, cooked and crumbled
salt and pepper
*These are what I like to put in my potatoes. This is very versatile. Use what you like.

Bake the potatoes as usual. Let cool slightly, so you can handle them.
There are two ways to cut your potato. If you have large potatoes,
I cut them in half and serve one half to each person.
If you have smaller potatoes, or just want to serve one potato per person, cut an oval out of the top of your potato. You need a big enough opening to spoon out the insides and fill it back up.
Spoon out the insides and place in a large bowl.
To the potato insides, add an egg. If you are doing more than 4 potatoes, add another egg. Add shredded cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, butter and season liberally with salt and pepper.
Mix well.
Fill potatoes with mixed filling. At this point, you can wrap these and freeze them or top with shredded cheese and bake at 400 for 15 minutes. You want the cheese to melt (and you have that egg in there- you want to make sure and cook it for at least 15 minutes)
One of my favorite potato dishes- definitely top three.
And, yes, I am the type of person that would think about and rank potato dishes.


Allison said...

yuuuuummmmm!! anything POTATOE and it's a favorite of mine!

Heres a question for ya....I'm hosting a super bowl party. Whats your favorite finger foods to cook for a party???

I'm in the process of making my menu, BUT any suggestions I'm up for!

Twice baked potatoes might be a good thing to add to my menu.......

icook said...

You could do mini twice baked potatoes with the little red potatoes. You would have to leave more the inside in the potato, so it could still stand up since the skin is so much thinner on a red potato.
I love doing fried ravioli. I take a package of the ravioli- Buitoni brand- and dip it in buttermilk then a mixture of breadcrumbs and parmesan cheese. Fry in some oil on both sides and serve with marinara sauce.
One year, I made chili and served them in cheddar biscuit bowls.

Thanks for the question- hope that helps and your party is a hit!!

PS- Have you finished New Moon yet?? I am getting Eclipse from a friend tomorrow!!! Yeah!

jennifer said...

Yummy!! I love twice baked potatoes and have actually started freezing them. I cook them, mix up all the ingredients and put it back in the potato and then freeze them. When I am ready to cook them, pull them out and let them defrost on the counter, and before I stick them in the oven I put on the cheese or other garnishes. Yummy!!!