Saturday, June 27, 2015

Twice Baked Potatoes

For love of a good baked potato!

I love dressing up plain ol' baked potatoes!   I mean, there's nothing wrong with a good baked potato, but it's such fun to turn them into something a really amazing...especially for the holidays!
These are also great to make for a Baked Potato Bar!  Just put out various toppings and let your family and friends build their own baked potato!   It actually becomes the main dish for your meal and is great fun for everyone. 
The most popular are bacon, cheddar cheese, chives, green onions...anything that makes your taste buds happy!   Use your imagination and offer other meats, shrimp, tuna, chili, veggies.  My granddaughter came up with the idea of pizza toppings (she's a pizza fanatic), but, it does sound good!

Now, you can use just plain baked potatoes, but you know I just wanted to change things up a bit.  Have fun with your food!   You know I love saying that, right?  Ha!
If you're not into having different things on your "tater", these are more than delicious just as they are...there's no way you'll be disappointed!  


4  large baking potatoes, scrubbed                            
3 Tbsp.  butter, softened to room temperature
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder (I use granulated garlic)
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
Dash of celery salt 
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded           
3 Tbsp.  to 1/4 cup half and half  (to desired consistency)   
1/2 cup grated Romano or Parmesan cheese
Paprika (optional)


Found this on cute to label the toppings!
Preheat oven to 350'F.

Wash potatoes and pierce once or twice with a fork.  Bake for 60-70 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.

Cut potatoes in half lengthwise; scoop out pulp, leaving a thin shell about 1/4" thick.
Set shell halves aside.
In a large bowl, mash potato pulp; add the butter, salt, garlic powder, cayenne, celery salt and enough milk to reach desired consistency.  Pipe or spoon into shells; place in two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pans.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and paprika if desired.
Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until heated through and browned. 
Serve with sour cream, chives, crumbled bacon, etc...this is where you can have fun toppings for the family to choose their favorites!
Yield: 8 servings (1 stuffed potato half each).  
"And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away." - 1 Peter 5:4


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