Twice Baked Potatoes for Valentine's Day

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Chris Peterson

By
@fablady222

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


Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

Comments:
Serves:
4
Prep:
1 Hr
Cook:
1 Hr
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

  • 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

Step-by-Step

  1. Clean potatoes.
  2. Dry with a towel. Then rub with olive oil.
  3. Sprinkle with salt.
  4. Pierce potatoes with a fork.
  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.
  6. Let cool.
  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.
  8. Combine culled potato, milk, and butter. Mix until smooth.
  9. Fold in sour cream, Swiss, and cheddar cheese until well blended. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.
  10. Fill potato skins with mixture.
  11. Bake potatoes for another 15 minutes in the oven or 2-3 minutes in microwave.
  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!

Printable Recipe Card

About Twice Baked Potatoes for Valentine's Day

Course/Dish: Potatoes
Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian



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