Twice-Baked Potatoes are fancy enough for a special occasion but simple enough for any family dinner. Top these potatoes with cheese and your favorite toppings for a delicious twist on baked potatoes.
Back in the early 2000’s I had a bit of an obsession with twice baked potatoes.
I’m talking making them once a week and eating leftovers all week long kind of obsessed.
I have no idea what recipe I used, but given the timeframe, I’m going to guess it was from RecipeZaar or Allrecipes. And let me tell you, they were delicious.
Then one day I made them and didn’t make them again for 15 years or so.
And here we are.
A recipe for twice baked potatoes that happened because my Instacart shopper delivered a 15-pound bag on potatoes on my front porch instead of the 5-pound bag I ordered.
LOADED TWICE-BAKED POTATOES
I don’t know about you, but I used to think making Twice-Baked Potatoes was A Thing.
You know, an ordeal. A whole project.
I mean, they look fancy, so they must be hard to make, right? WRONG!
The first time I made these potatoes all those years ago, I realized that even though they have a few steps, none of the steps are actually hard:
- Cook the potatoes
- Make the filling (similar to making mashed potatoes)
- Assemble the potatoes
Like, when you see it listed out like that, it seems totally doable, right?
My version of Twice-Baked Potatoes is loaded with cheese and sour cream in the filling, topped with more cheese before baking, and loaded with your favorite baked potato toppings to serve. I love mine with a dollop of sour cream, some bacon, and a sprinkling of chives.
If your family loves loaded baked potatoes, these Twice-Baked Potatoes are a nice twist for everything from a special occasion to a random Tuesday. Just like Baked Macaroni & Cheese or Parker House Rolls, they’re special enough for a celebration dinner, but you could totally make these for any family meal.
After all, any meal with your family can be a special meal!
CAN THIS RECIPE BE MADE AHEAD?
If you want to make these potatoes ahead of time, you totally can make them up to a day ahead.
Just bake the potatoes, scoop out the flesh, and mix together the filling. Then pop the hollowed-out potato halves and the filling into separate airtight containers and store them in the refrigerator for up to a day.
When you’re ready to eat, just spoon or pipe the filling into the hollowed-out potato halves, top with cheese, and bake according to the recipe instructions.
HOW TO REHEAT TWICE-BAKED POTATOES
This recipe makes 4 servings, but if you only have a family of 2 or 3, you might be wondering the best way to reheat any leftover Twice-Baked Potatoes the next day.
If you want to use a conventional oven to reheat them, place any leftover potatoes on a baking sheet and over with foil. Bake at 425 degrees Farenheit for about 15 minutes.
My favorite way to reheat them, though, is in the air fryer. I like to pop the potatoes in the air fryer basket and cook them at 400 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes.
Not only does reheating them in the air fryer take a bit less time, but I like that it helps the skins to crisp back up after being in the refrigerator overnight.