twice baked potatoes

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By Francine Lizotte
from Surrey South, BC

You won't believe how amazing these delicious potatoes are! Super loaded with yummy ingredients, these Twice Baked Potatoes are the perfect side dish for a grilled steak on the BBQ!

serves 2 servings
prep time 30 Min
cook time 1 Hr 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For twice baked potatoes

  • 2 lg
    russet potatoes, scrubbed, washed and dried
  • canola oil, as needed
  • 2 oz
    light cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 c
    red peppers, finely chopped plus 1 tsp. reserved
  • 3 slice
    cooked bacon, crumbled plus 1 tsp. reserved
  • 4 lg
    green onions, finely chopped plus 1 tsp. reserved
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter, softened
  • 1/4 c
    light sour cream
  • garlic salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste (i always use mixed peppercorns)
  • 1/4 tsp
    hot paprika, or more to taste
  • 1/2 c
    extra-old cheddar cheese, grated plus 1 tsp. reserved
  • 1 to 3 Tbsp
    milk, as needed

How To Make twice baked potatoes

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 400ºF. Place potatoes on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. Pour a little oil on each potato to coat and transfer to preheated oven; bake for about 1 hour or until tender and a paring knife easily inserts into the center of a potato. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes and reduce heat to 350ºF.
  • 2
    Cut 1/3 off each potato lengthwise and scoop the flesh into a medium bowl leaving about a ¼-inch around the edges using a melon baller; save skins. Place the top piece inside the bottom of each potato. Combine cream cheese, red pepper, cooked bacon, green onions, butter, sour cream, garlic salt, freshly ground black pepper, hot paprika and extra-old cheddar cheese. Mix with a hand mixer until fairly well blended. Add 1 tbsp. milk at a time and mix; repeat if needed until the mixture is creamy.
  • 3
    Spoon the mixture into the potato skins. Use a fork to lift and smooth the sides and top. Sprinkle each potato with reserved ingredients; red pepper, bacon, green onions and extra-old cheddar cheese. Bake potatoes in the 350ºF preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.
  • 4
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