Thursday, September 2, 2010

Twice Baked Potatoes

I can't even tell you the last time I had twice baked potatoes.

It has to do with the time constraint... it takes a lot of time to bake potatoes once -- but then for a second time?! I don't typically have that much time to make dinner at night, especially now that I'm teaching full time.

But -- with Frog Prince working from home, it was easy to ask him to scrub some potatoes and bake them so they were ready for their second baking when I got home!!

These potatoes were delicious.

A great combination of veggies and cheese... oh my.

We ate them as a meal in and of themselves, but they would be great served up with grilled chicken, or even a large salad.

My dear friend Lucy gets all the credit for these gems -- and she made them in advance and frozen them!  Check out her directions for preparing them for your freezer.

Bacon and Spinach Twice Baked Potatoes - Adapted from Lucy
{Print Recipe}

~6 large baking potatoes
3 T butter
1/8 C milk
~2 C fresh spinach, washed and trimmed
1/4 C cooked bacon crumbles
1 1/2 C colby jack cheese

Wash potatoes and poke holes in the skin.  Lightly salt the skins while they are still moist {so the salt sticks}.

Place the potatoes on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 for about 1 hour, or until potatoes are tender when pricked with a fork.

Allow the potatoes to cool for 20-30 minutes until they have cooled enough to handle.

Meanwhile, cook the spinach -- boil it in about 1 inch of water until wilted.

Slice them in half lengthwise and allow them to cool for another 20 minutes.

Then, carefully scoop out the insides and place them in a large bowl.

Mash the potatoes in the bowl with butter and milk; season with salt and pepper.

Next, toss in the spinach and bacon.

Stir until well mixed.

Then, mix in the cheese.

Carefully fill the potato shells on the cookie sheet.  {Here's where you'd stop if you were freezing the potatoes}

Return potatoes to the oven and bake for 20 minutes at 400.

Serve warm!

These even warmed up excellently the next day for lunch!!


Thanks, Lucy!!

This post is linked to: Ingredient Spotlight, URS


  1. if you needed to save some oven time...those microwave steamer bags make the best "baked" potato.

  2. I love twice baked potatoes! I haven't had them in such a long time. My mom use to make them for my sister and I as a special treat.

  3. I love twice cooked potatoes and do not make them very often for the same reason! These look so delicious! Thanks for sharing and thanks to Lucy too!

  4. So glad you enjoyed them! I can't wait to pull them out of the freezer when the baby arrives.

  5. we haven't had twice baked potatoes in far too long! They look absolutely delicious!! Thanks for the reminder of these yummy treats :) I'll be adding them to our menu soon!

  6. I think I'll keep your recipe for the next weekend! I love the mix of ingredients and I have a little too potatos at home .. :) Thanks for sharing!

  7. I love twice baked potatoes but hardly ever make them. These look delicious.

  8. I love twice baked potatoes - it's been too long, thanks for the reminder

  9. yum, they look great and what an awesome idea. I want to try this one time without the bacon.

  10. I've never made these before but they look amazing!! My kids would love them for sure, thanks!

  11. I don't know if I've ever seen twice baked potatoes with spinach but it looks wonderful!

  12. This looks terrific. I haven't made twice-baked potatoes in ages. Come join me for What's On the Menu Wednesday whenever you can. Thanks for sharing.


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