Shoestring Meals - Terrific Twice Baked Potaoes

It was my husband's birthday a few days ago. I was looking for a side dish to go with his birthday dinner and he suggested twice-baked potatoes. I went to my latest favorite cookbook, The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, and found the yummiest recipe for T.B.P's.
These potatoes could really be a whole meal in themselves. They are made deliciously with only 4 ingredients which makes them a perfect Shoestring Meal. Here is my version of
Twice-Baked Potaoes:
4 medium sized potatoes
1 cup shredded medium or sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 milk
1/2 cup sour cream (optional)
3 Tbs butter
salt, pepper, onion powder or garlic powder

1.Preheat oven to 450. Wash and prick potatoes. Bake them for 1 hour or until the insides are soft. To make the cooking faster start by cooking the potatoes in the microwave on high until slightly soft, about 10 min. Then transfer to the oven to finish them off. When the potatoes are finished baking, change the oven temp to 350.
2. Take the potatoes out of the oven and allow to cool. When they are easy to handle, slice sideways and spoon out the flesh into another bowl. Leave about 1/4 inch of flesh in the skins. Arrange the shells skin side down on a baking sheet and brush them with 1 tbls of melted butter or olive oil then return them to the oven for about 15 min.
3. While the shells are in the oven mix together the potato flesh, cheese, milk, sour cream(optional), rest of the butter, salt, pepper and onion or garlic powder to taste. I use my mixer but a hand held potato masher also works.
4. Remove the skins from the oven and spoon the potato mixture into each skin. Return the stuffed potatoes to the oven and bake until they start to brown up. Let cool a little before you serve them.

These are delicious on their own or dress them up with bacon bits, ham, mushrooms, chives, sour cream, ranch dressing or whatever else your family likes.

If you have a way to make potatoes into a meal please post a comment and share.
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1 comment:

Gayle said...

Our family loves baked potatoes for an easy way to use up leftovers! Chili, cooked meat, soups, leftover vegetables, or grated cheese make great toppings for potatoes. Just make baked potatoes in the oven or microwave then heat up the leftovers and put them all out on the table. Each person can put on the toppings they want and enjoy.