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Twice Baked Potatoes

September 10, 2011

This is how I recently made Twice Baked Potatoes. I measured everything and wrote down what I used so I could call it a “recipe”. However, I don’t use a recipe for Twice Baked Potatoes, and I’ve probably never made them exactly the same way twice. 😉

Twice Baked Potatoes are basically cheesy mashed potatoes baked in potato skins. I used a sharp cheddar to get more of a flavor bang from just 2 ounces, but you could really use any type of cheese that you like. I often use medium cheddar. As I’m writing this, I’m thinking blue cheese would probably be amazing!

This “recipe” for Twice Baked Potatoes will give you the basic info about how to make them. If you don’t have sour cream, just use more milk. You can add more cheese or butter for a more decadent version. I mix the cheese into the potatoes, but you could top the potatoes with some grated cheese, too.

Twice Baked Potatoes take a bit of time, but they are really easy to make and a perfect fall comfort food!



Twice Baked Potatoes


(print the recipe)


Serves 4   (Simply cut the recipe in half for 2 servings. You can also multiply it to serve a crowd.)


2 large russet potatoes (about ¾ pounds each)

A bit of olive oil

¼ cup sour cream (I used light sour cream)

2 tablespoons butter

½ cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated (2 ounces)

3 tablespoons milk

½ teaspoon salt


1. Preheat the oven to 425˚.

2. Scrub the potatoes, rub a bit of olive oil all over them, and prick the skin in several places over the top. (Pricking them prevents potato explosions in the oven. Speaking from experience, you don’t want to skip this step!)

3. Put the potatoes directly on the oven rack and bake for 1 hour.

4. Remove the potatoes from the oven and lower the heat in the oven to 350˚.

5. Let the potatoes cool for a few minutes so they’re not too hot to handle. Slice them in half lengthwise and scoop out the potato.

 Scooped-out potatoes


6. Put the skins on a baking sheet. (I like to line it with foil for easy clean-up.)

7. Mix the sour cream, butter, cheese, milk, and salt into the potatoes.

8. Fill the potato skins with the potato mixture.


 Ready for the oven


9. Bake for 30 minutes.

27 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2011 6:02 pm

    What a great idea and I know exactly how that is – having to write down dishes that you normally prepare ‘just like that’ feels a bit weird and you kinda hope that they turn out especially good that time and that there is not too much of ‘fixing’ involved. 😉

    I have a bit of a schizophrenic relationship to potatoes. I only like them prepared in certain ways and jacket potatoes are usually not my thing. However, mashed potatoes ARE so this sounds like it’s made just for me! 🙂


  2. September 10, 2011 6:08 pm

    My nana makes these and they are my absolute favorite. She always makes them when I come to visit, but now I may try it out to make for her! Thanks for sharing

    • September 14, 2011 3:27 pm

      I love your comment! That is so sweet, and your nana would love it if you made it for her!

  3. September 10, 2011 6:24 pm

    I love making twice baked potatoes with sour cream…these are a favorite year round at my house 🙂 Yours look wonderful!

  4. September 11, 2011 1:46 am

    I haven’t made these in years. I wish I could get my hands on a couple of russett potatoes. I’ll just have to make do with what I have. I will be making a version of this tonight! Thanks for the inspiration

    • September 14, 2011 3:28 pm

      I’d love to hear how they turn out with another type of potatoes. I’m sure it would be great!

  5. September 11, 2011 6:49 am

    Great Looking Twice Bakes. I used to make these Constantly fresh when I worked for Outback Steakhouse.

    • September 14, 2011 3:29 pm

      You probably added more cheese, sour cream, etc. for the restaurant version to make them especially rich and delicious!

  6. September 11, 2011 8:02 am

    I sometimes call stuff I put together assemblies rather than recipes. The thing a love most about twice bake potatoes is it’s so goo for make ahead

    • September 14, 2011 3:32 pm

      You’re so right…this is a great make-ahead recipe! I’ve tripled or quadrupled the recipe and made it ahead for entertaining. I just fill the shells, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until I’m ready for the final second baking.

  7. September 11, 2011 10:52 am

    These look great! I’m slow smoking two whole chickens today. These potatoes will be a great accompaniment.

    • September 14, 2011 3:33 pm

      The potatoes would be great with your slow-smoked chickens, Curt!

  8. September 12, 2011 6:24 am

    I’m not very good about writing down recipes but I’m trying to get better. Twice baked potatoes are a favorite in our house. I make them to use up the odds and ends hanging out in the fridge.

    • September 14, 2011 3:33 pm

      That’s a great idea! You really can use your imagination with the recipe.

  9. September 12, 2011 12:08 pm

    These are my girls favorites, I think blue cheese would be divine. Thanks for all your support, I’m going to try and keep up as much as possible. Hope you have a great week.

    • September 14, 2011 3:35 pm

      Great to hear from you, Gina! Thanks for your comment. You think blue cheese sounds good, too, huh? I really have to try that some time!

  10. September 12, 2011 1:03 pm

    I haven’t made twice baked potatoes in a long time! These look great! 🙂

  11. September 14, 2011 3:05 pm

    I remember eating tasty little twiced baked taters with (usually overcooked) beef in first-class on a now historical airline. Yours look so much better Kath.

  12. September 15, 2011 6:48 am

    I’m drooling. Thank you for sharing your comfort treat. I love twice baked potatoes. I’m eating a boring egg sandwich and wishing I had THIS to munch on. I hope you have a beautfiul day and weekend. We’re getting close! Much love from Austin.

    • September 18, 2011 2:47 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Monet! I think an egg sandwich would be heavenly using one of your gorgeous breads, lightly toasted!

  13. September 16, 2011 10:28 am

    I like this..bored of eating mashed potatoes..and thanks for reaching out on Twitter!

    • September 18, 2011 2:48 pm

      It is kind of an upscale take on mashed potatoes, isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by!


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