Monday, March 28, 2016

Twice Baked Potatoes


On Oscar night, my husband and I had our own little Oscar Viewing Party {for just the two of us}. Since it's a glamorous night of beautiful ladies in gorgeous gowns and handsome men in stunning suits, I thought I would cook a fancy dinner for us. This gave me the perfect opportunity to make the best twice baked potatoes!

Believe it or not, I had never had a twice baked potato until about 2 years ago. I was always more of a “plain baked potato with butter on the side” kind of gal. Then I had a twice baked potato at Wildfire restaurant and was hooked!

I’ve been searching for a worthy stand-in that I can make at home ever since then and finally found one after about six months. I believe the original is here on I Heart Naptime. I made a few changes to the recipe based on my husband's dietary restrictions and to taste more toward the potato I had at Wildfire.  Here is my version - enjoy!

Twice Baked Potatoes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes | Difficulty: Medium
Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 1 hour 15 minutes 
Serves: 8 people

Ingredients:
6 baking potatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon kosher salt

For filling:
1/3 cup 1% milk
1/4 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded cheese
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 bunch green onions, chopped
Bacon bits

Directions:

1.     Pre-heat over to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil. 
2.     Prep potatoes by washing them under cold water. Pierce the potatoes with a fork several times and place on pan. 
3.     Brush potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt. Bake potatoes for one hour. Allow potatoes to cool.
4.     Cut potatoes in half and scoop out most of the inside of the potato. Leave a little bit so the skins don't tear.
5.     Mash the inside of the potatoes in a large bowl. 
6.     Mix in the butter, half and half, sour cream, salt and pepper.
7.     Scoop the potatoes back into the skins. Top with cheese, bacon and green onions. {Note: The original recipe has you use all 12 potato skin halves, but I prefer to use 8 potato skin halves for more filling in each potato.}
8.    Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

Image via I Heart Naptime

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