Linda’s Twice Baked Potatoes

 

Twiced Baked Potato

 

Twice baked potatoes are baked potatoes that are then mashed and put back in the shell, covered with cheese and baked again.  They are delicious and good to prepare when you are using the oven for roasts, etc.  The potatoes can be baked at any temperature from 325 to 450 degrees.  Of course, the time to bake them will vary and will be faster at hotter temperatures and longer to bake at cooler temperatures.  You can prepare extras and save them for the next day.  If you are saving them for later, put on the cheese, put do not bake the second time until the next day.  You can use the cheese of your choice, but cheddar is the most common cheese used on these potatoes.  It is important to use Russet potatoes in order to obtain the correct texture and taste.

 

 

4
large Russet potatoes
2/3
cup half and half
1/4
cup butter
Salt and freshly ground black or white pepper
1
cup grated Cheddar cheese

 

 

Scrub potatoes and put on a baking sheet.  Bake at 450 degrees for 1 hour.  (Temperature can vary, see above notes)  Test the potatoes to see if they are done (a sharp knife will easily slide into the potatoes) and when they are done, remove from the oven and cool for 5 to 10 minutes.  Cut a thin layer off of the top of the potato, making a potato boat.  You may need to hold the potato with a towel to avoid burning your hand.  Use a spoon to scoop out the potato, leaving about 1/4 inch of potato in the shell.  Place the scooped out potato in a mixing bowl.  Repeat with the remaining potatoes.

 

heat the half and half and butter in a measuring cup in the microwave until the butter is melted.  Using a electric hand mixer, mix the potatoes until broken up and somewhat smooth.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Add the half and half mixture and whip with the mixer until smooth.  If too thick, add additional half and half.  Spoon the mashed potatoes back into the potato shells.  If you want to be fancy, you can use a large pastry bag and star tip to fill the shells.  Sprinkle cheese on top of potatoes and return to 350 degree oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and beginning to brown. 

 

Serves 4.