twice baked potatoes for valentine's day

★★★★★ 2
By Chris Peterson
from Atlanta, GA

I served this at Valentine's Day dinner, where all the food was required to be red or white. So I could have chosen, chicken, beef, pasta, potatoes, cheesecake, salsa, and chips, etc... you get the idea. This potato was scooped up by all and many were asking what I put in it. I think Swiss cheese added a bit of mystery to it, but you can use any cheese. Gouda, feta, Monterey Jack, provolone and so on. While this potato could be eaten any day of the week, I cut the heart from red bell pepper to add to the Valentine theme. ENJOY!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Treat yourself to these tasty twice baked potatoes this Valentine's Day. This side dish only takes a few extra steps to transform a basic baked potato. The potato filling is creamy and cheesy. Sprinkling with bacon bits adds a pop of smoky flavor. Adding a heart shaped red bell pepper on top is the perfect accent for Valentine's Day.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 2
serves 4
prep time 1 Hr
cook time 1 Hr
method Bake

Ingredients For twice baked potatoes for valentine's day

  • 2
    baking potatoes
  • 1/4 c
    sour cream
  • 1/2 c
    Swiss cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 c
    cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 c
    milk or half and half
  • 1 oz
    olive oil, extra virgin
  • 1 Tbsp
    salt
  • 1
    green onion, chopped
  • 1/4 c
    bacon bits
  • red bell pepper
  • 4 Tbsp
    butter
  • additional salt and pepper, to taste

How To Make twice baked potatoes for valentine's day

  • Cleaning the potatoes.
    1
    Clean potatoes.
  • Rubbing potatoes with olive oil.
    2
    Dry with a towel. Then rub with olive oil.
  • Sprinkling potatoes with salt.
    3
    Sprinkle with salt.
  • Piercing the potatoes.
    4
    Pierce potatoes with a fork.
  • Potatoes in a dish covered with foil.
    5
    Place potatoes in a pie dish. Cover with foil and bake 1 hr at 350 degrees. Or, microwave covered with wet paper towel until done; about 5 to 8 minutes.
  • Potatoes cooling.
    6
    Let cool.
  • Hollowing out the potatoes.
    7
    While still somewhat warm cut potatoes in half longways. Using a spoon, carefully cull out potatoes within 1/4" from the skin. Place hollowed potato to the side.
  • Potato, milk, and butter mixed until smooth.
    8
    Combine culled potato, milk, and butter. Mix until smooth.
  • Mixing in sour cream, Swiss, and cheddar cheese.
    9
    Fold in sour cream, Swiss, and cheddar cheese until well blended. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.
  • Skins filled with potato mixture.
    10
    Fill potato skins with mixture.
  • Potatoes after they've baked again in the oven.
    11
    Bake potatoes for another 15 minutes in the oven or 2-3 minutes in microwave.
  • Topped with green onion and bacon bits.
    12
    Top with chopped green onion and bacon bits.
  • 13
    Optional: Top with fresh red bell pepper that has been cut with a 1' mini heart cookie cutter to let them know you love them!!! Enjoy!
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