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Twice Baked Potatoes, two ways

by Emma on December 1, 2011

in Side Dishes

Don’t even get me started on potatoes.

Don’t even.

It’s not a holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas or whatever you celebrate at your house) until something starchy and creamy is consumed. Just saying.

This year at Thanksgiving I decided that my contribution was going to be twice baked potatoes. Last year I did green bean casserole and a pie. I think my theme tends to be, ‘hey-what-have-I-never-made-before… and then I make that. And then subject my family to the results.

Happy Holidays.

I made two kinds of twice baked potatoes, check it:

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes. These are almost like a pie in a potato skin.

Unless that totally grosses you out. In which case… uh…. forget I said anything.

First you bake the sweet potatoes until soft, this took me about an hour at 350 F. Cut the potatoes in half and scoop out the insides into a large bowl.

Now the fun part-add in whatever you like. I added a few tablespoons of cream, some brown sugar and a pinch of nutmeg and salt. I meant to add a few tablespoons of cream cheese, but I forgot. Then spoon the mixture back into the shells and top with toasted nut (I used pecans) more brown sugar and a little slice of butter.

Bake again for 20-25 minutes at 350 F just before serving.

Twice Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Cheese

These are slightly more traditional but with a twist, sort of like potato broccoli cheddar soup in a potato skin.

Unless that grosses you out… in which case… uh…. see above.

Bake the potatoes (scrub them first if needed, these did while my sweet potatoes where quite clean, weird huh?). These took about an hour and half at 350 F. These kind take longer than sweet potatoes, but it all depends on how large your spuds are. So poke them with a fork as you go if you are not sure.

Let them cool a bit, slice them in half and scoop out the insides into a large bowl. Now add whatever you like. I added steamed broccoli (I left mine in large pieces for a rustic look) salt and pepper, a few  tablespoons of cream, and shredded cheese. Spoon back into your potato skins, top with more cheese and bake again at 350 F for 20 minutes or so just before serving.

xo. Emma


Anne Marie December 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Twice baked sweet potatoes is genius! I am going to add those to my menu this week for sure!

lesley December 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm

i’ve never been a huge fan of sweet potatoes…until recently. they still could never take the place of mashed potatoes at thanksgiving, but i got a generous amount of my mil sweet potato casserole. these look so tasty!

Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet December 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I love a good twice-baked potato, and both of these look awesome. Yum!

grace December 1, 2011 at 4:41 pm

yum! broccoli and cheese is my favorite!


Katie December 1, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I LOVE THIS!! Omg..I go crazy for anything with potatoes. And then when you have sweet potatoes too..goodness. Now I am going to make these for dinner! Yum!


Meredith December 1, 2011 at 5:54 pm

I don’t know what else to say other than: yum!
I’ll definitely have to try out that second recipe. Potatoes are my favorite food group. :)

Lindsay December 1, 2011 at 5:55 pm

first of all–yum.
second of all–your “don’t even get me started” reminded me of the molly shannon skit on SNL ( if that’s what you were referring to, I love it. if not, still love it :)

hannah alehandra December 1, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Send the broccoli and cheese ones my way! Mmmm so good…xo

Jo - Lost in the Haze December 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm

These look amaaaazing! Potato anything is always amazing!

Lost in the Haze

Sarah M December 1, 2011 at 7:53 pm

These look amazing. I love both sweet + regular potatoes and this is making my mouth-water.
Awesome concoctions!
Sarah M

Burgess December 1, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I was wondering what to contribute to Christmas Eve Dinner…..definitely going to make these! Love the blog.

Ryan December 1, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Yum Emma! These look delicious! I love all your recipes; they are simple but full of flavor.I hope you do a book someday :)

Chris December 2, 2011 at 5:38 am

Love the idea of twice baked sweet potato! So clever!

belle (tinkeringinthekitchen) December 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm

what a fabulous blog full of gorgeous recipes. Going to make myself a coffee and browse more :)

Taelin December 5, 2011 at 3:44 am

YUMMMMMMMM! Amazing, thanks for sharing!! xx

Grace December 6, 2011 at 5:27 am

Oh me. Oh my.

If there were anything like food soulmates, I think you’d probably be mine.

Trying ASAP.

ahh! December 11, 2011 at 7:28 am

Dear lord…must read this blog in small doses…feeling starved while having a food orgasm is too strange a sensation.

anna January 4, 2012 at 12:21 am

Yum… these both look great!