If you’re craving the ultimate cheesy comfort food, look no further than our delicious twice-baked potatoes! These taters are like a warm, cheesy hug for your taste buds. With crispy potato skins stuffed to the brim with creamy mashed potatoes and a generous helping of cheese, it’s a dish that will make your heart skip a beat.
Whether you’re planning a cozy family dinner or a potluck with friends, these twice-baked potatoes are a crowd-pleaser that’s easy to make. So grab your apron, and let’s get cheesy!
What are twice-baked potatoes?
Twice-baked potatoes (some folks call them double-baked potatoes) are like a cheesy, creamy potato dream come true! They’re regular baked potatoes that you then scoop out the filling, mash, and mix with delicious toppings. Then, the filling is spooned back into the potato skin and baked again until golden and scrumptious.
What are the best potatoes to use?
The best potatoes to use for this dish are russet potatoes. Their fluffy texture and mild flavor work wonderfully for making the creamiest mashed filling.
How to make twice-baked potatoes
To make twice-baked potatoes:
- Bake your whole potatoes until tender.
- Scoop out the insides into a large mixing bowl, and mash the potato flesh using a potato masher.
- Mix in flavorful mix-ins to the mashed potato filling (think cheddar cheese, butter, sour cream, and seasonings like garlic powder and onion powder).
- Spoon the potato mixture into the potato shells and place them on a baking sheet. Bake until they’re golden and crispy.
Protip: Make it loaded!
Top your finished twice-baked potatoes with freshly minced chives, sliced green onions, crumbled bacon, and/or sour cream for a loaded version!
How to store twice-baked potatoes
Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Make sure they’ve cooled down before sealing them.
How to reheat twice-baked potatoes
To reheat, pop them in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 15-20 minutes, or in the microwave for a quick fix. Sprinkle a little extra cheese on top for a fresh-baked feel!
Can you make ahead twice-baked potatoes?
Absolutely! You can prepare twice-baked potatoes a day in advance, cover them in the fridge, and then pop them in the oven to reheat just before serving. It’s a time-saving win!
Protip: Make it ranch!
One of our favorite twice-baked potato variations is to make them ranch-flavored. Just mix a couple of tablespoons of dried ranch seasoning into your potato filling for a tangy variation on the original.
What to serve with twice-baked potatoes
These potatoes are so versatile; you can make them the star or the sidekick of just about any meal! They make a perfect complement to meatloaf. These cheesy delights pair wonderfully with roasted chicken or pork roast. Round out the meal with a simple side salad or roasted broccoli for a little bit of color and fresh flavor.