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The occasional recipe: twice-baked potato

Sometimes you just crave a baked potato! But not just any ordinary baked potato-- one that's twice-baked, creamy with sour cream, butter, sharp cheddar, crispy and salty potato skin, and cheesy broccoli. Yum! Add some delicious greenery to the plate, like a spinach salad, and you have a deliciously satisfying vegetarian lunch or dinner.

I like to use Alton Brown's preparation for a baked potato-- it's easy and very tasty. And then I do my own improvising for the twice-baked potato part. You can add whatever extras you'd like to the potato mixture, like bacon or scallions.

2 large russet potatoes

Canola oil to coat

Kosher salt

1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Position the rack in the center.

2) Wash potatoes thoroughly with cold running water. Make sure you scrub off any dirt. Dry, then poke each potato 8-12 times deeply all over to release moisture while baking.

3) Lightly cover all over the skin of the potato with canola oil. Sprinkle the entirety of the potato with salt.

4) Place a baking sheet on the lowest rung of the oven to catch any drippings and put potatoes directly on the middle rack for baking.

5) Bake one hour. About 8 minutes before it's time to take the potatoes out, steam around 1 and 1/2 cups of broccoli.

6) Carefully remove the potatoes from the oven and place on baking sheet. Cut gently from one side of the potato to the other, long-ways. Push inward on both sides in order to open each potato. Scoop out the flesh of each potato and put in a large bowl, leaving only the outer skin (still maintaining the shape of the potato) on the baking sheet.

7) Mash the potato flesh in the bowl with 2 tablespoons of butter and 1/4 cup of sour cream. Add salt and pepper.

8) Grate in 1/2 cup of sharp cheddar and mix well.

9) Stuff potatoes with the mash mixture and place pieces of broccoli on top. Grate more cheese over the potato.

9) Broil 3-4 minutes or until bubbly and brown on top.


Dec 27, 2016 • Posted by Victoria Binkiewicz

Oh my goodness this looks incredible!!! Potatoes are my favorite food!!!

Feb 06, 2016 • Posted by Brittany

Sounds delicious! Another one to put in my recipe book.

Oct 08, 2015 • Posted by Jill Bloom

Have to agree,there are days I crave a crispy baked twice potato,add chili & sour cream and I am in heaven.Love making it for my family too.

Oct 08, 2015 • Posted by Connie

I love twice baked potatoes but never think to make them. Your blog has inspired me to do so! Sounds yummy!

Oct 07, 2015 • Posted by Orla Donlyn

Sounds great, I’m Irish so I have to eat a potato everyday :) always looking for new versions of recipes like this!

Oct 07, 2015 • Posted by Elizabeth "Bets" Bloom

Now that it’s Fall, I like to put homemade chili on my baked potato along with some sharp cheddar cheese. The broccoli joins the spinach and kale on the side. Yum!

Oct 07, 2015 • Posted by Denise H

Yummmm! I will try this! I love having baked potatoes with a variety of stuffings as the main course for our evening meal. Quick, easy, and delicious!

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