My contribution to the smorgasbord: twice baked potatoes.
If you're looking for something to bring to your own Thanksgiving pot-luck or want to impress your family by chipping-in this year, twice baked potatoes are a great way to go. What's best: they're an easy and delicious side-dish cleverly disguised as fancy food.
- 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 Tbs butter/margarine
- a dash of garlic powder and basil and/or parsley
- 2 large potatoes
1. Bake the potatoes for about a hour or until crispy.
2. Cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the contents, being careful to leave about a 1/4 inch of flesh on the skin.
3. Mash the potatoes in a large bowl with the sour cream, butter, spices and about half the cheese.
4. Spoon the mashed potatoes back into the hollow potato skins and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
5. Bake for another 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
- I actually throw out a skin or two so that the mashed parts really fill the skins. If you're multiplying this recipe I would probably toss out 1 of every 4 half-potato skins or so.
- Alternatively, some people recommend cutting off as little of the top of the potato as possible rather than cutting in half.
- I just read a claim that microwaving the potatoes for a minute or two first cuts the baking time in half. I will have to give this a try some time and validate it...
- I have not tried this yet, but this year I'm going to pop the skins in the oven while I mash the insides. I'm hopping this will crisp up the skin "bowls" a bit more. Will report back if it works!
- Like the loaded mashed potatoes, the exact amount of butter, sour cream and cheese in your mix will be up to you! The measurements given are the most common among recipes I've read.
- A few versions swap out the sour cream with cream cheese. Very tempting, hmmm.
- Experiment with these! I've given the classic version, but you can mix-in and top-on all sorts of things! This year I'm thinking of making bacon-swiss versions with swiss cheese and bacon on top with a pinch of parmesan mixed-in. Other common mix-ins are chives, paprika, chili powder, eggs and even ranch dressing!