Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thanksgiving Side #2: Twice-Baked Potatoes

Every Thanksgiving table is bound to have potatoes.  I mean how could you not right? It's a staple, it's not Thanksgiving without the potatoes.  Well today I made a different type of potato for you. I'm sure you will have mashed potatoes, but this one is a little fancier and the presentation will look awesome on your table.

I'll be honest, if you have more than 10 people coming over for Thanksgiving, then maybe mashed potatoes might be a better idea for a larger crowd.  This potato dish works well for a smaller group just because of the extra effort you have to put in to make 'em look pretty.

These potatoes are typically sliced horizontally like this, but I like to slice them vertically because they sorta turn into little potato cups if you will. They are great for individual servings and are pretty easy to make once you get past the part where you have to scoop out the insides. 

I used 4 large russet potatoes.  Russet potatoes are best for this dish because they are long enough to cut the ends off and then cut in half while still holding a good size for an individual portion.

Four large potatoes will give you 8 individual servings.  I baked these for 1 hour, scooped out the centers, mashed and seasoned them up, put the potato mixture back into the potato skin, and broiled them for 2-3 minutes.

Twice baked potatoes usually are topped with cheese and bacon, but my version is a little more sleek and less messy looking. The hardest part is scooping out the potato from its skin without breaking the skin.  I used a knife to help carve out the center to make scooping easier.

After you have mashed the potato mixture, fill them back into their skins.  You will find that you  have more mashed potatoes than when you started, that's because you added more ingredients to the potato so now you have enough to fill the potato skin till it looks nice and full.

Cut the scallions and set them aside. I cut mine on a bias or "angle" they look really pretty this way and will definitely give you points for presentation!

Once you are done stuffing the potato skins, spray a little oil on the tops and put them under the broiler.  This will give the top of the potato a nice crust and a pretty golden color as well.  In a typical twice baked potato, you could put cheese on it and put it under the broiler to melt, but again, my version is a little less messy :) After you pull it out from under the broiler, you can then garnish it with the chopped scallion.

Yield: 8 servings 

Twice Baked Potatoes 

  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 stick of salted butter (slightly melted)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • chopped scallion (for topping)
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Scrub potatoes and rinse. 
  2. Dry potatoes and place on a baking sheet lined with foil.
  3. Pierce each potato a few times with a fork.  This will help let the steam out from the potato when baking.
  4. Bake potatoes for 1 hour.
  5. Once potatoes are done baking and still hot, cut the ends off of each potato (cutting the ends off will allow the two halves to stand up) then cut down the center of the potato vertically to create two halves.
  6. Scoop the inside of the potato out of each half and place into a mixing bowl. I would use a knife to help scoop the potato because a spoon may be not work as well. Be careful not to tear the potato skin. 
  7. Once all the insides of the potatoes are scooped out, mash with sour cream, butter, garlic powder, and salt. The texture should be stiffer than a regular mashed potato. If the potato mixture is too soft or soupy, it will fall right through the potato skin! Set aside. 
  8. Chop scallions for the garnish.   
  9. Stuff the potato skins with the mashed potato mixture then place on a baking sheet and put under the broiler for 2-3 minutes until the tops get slightly browned. Remove from broiler. 
  10. Garnish with scallion and serve warm.  If these get cold you can just pop them into the microwave to reheat.  


  1. I like that you've cut them horizontally into cups. Not only delicious, they're pretty to look at!

  2. These potatoes are excellent. We made them for eight guests and they were delicious and very attractive on the plate. I highly recommend this recipe....the instructions are easy to follow.

  3. Thanks seedplanter! Annette I am happy they turned out great for your guests! Thanks for visiting!

  4. I like your take of the potatoes cut like cups standing up.