Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes

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What dreams are made of, these Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes are scooped out, mixed with fixings and a handful of cheese, then stuffed back topped with even more cheese and finally baked. Trust us, being thankful is an understatement. 

Table setting for Thanksgiving with Twice Baked Potatoes

What we love most about Thanksgiving are the traditions that surround the table and echo in the gatherings of family and friends. Growing up, Thanksgiving was always held at my grandma’s house; the kitchen filled with the aromas of turkey, gravy, curries, stuffing and familiar dishes prepared year after year that became family traditions, including Twice Baked Potatoes.

Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes are what Thanksgiving dreams are made of. They are the ultimate combination of all your favourite potato fixings mixed together in a simple to prepare, simple to serve, and simple to eat Thanksgiving accompaniment. Halved baked potatoes, scooped out and mixed with bacon, chicken stock, sour cream, chèvre, scallions and a handful of cheese, then stuffed back topped with even more cheese and finally baked (phew that was long).

Stuffed Twice Baked Potato on a white plate with a grey napkin

But the star of any Twice Baked Potato is definitely the melty cheese and what better way to celebrate the special occasion of Thanksgiving than with not one, but two different cheeses to give our Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes even more creaminess.

Bon appetit xo

Chef Sous Chef

Three Twice Baked Potatoes on a wood and marble round board

How to Make our Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes

What Potatoes are Best for Baking?

It’s an important first step to make sure you have the correct potatoes when making baked potatoes. You don’t need to look any further than the Russet potato. It is starchy, has an elonged shape perfect for stuffing, and the skin is the ultimate combination of thin and tough to be especially delicious to eat once you finished eating the stuffed portion.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Russet potatoes, olive oil, sea salt, bacon, chicken stock, sour cream, chèvre, butter, smoked paprika, scallions and freshly ground pepper.

Ingredients to make loaded twice baked potatoes

Step One | Bake the Potatoes

Preheat oven to 400° F. 

Thoroughly clean and dry 8 small to medium Russet potatoes. Using a strong fork, poke each potato a few times all around and place on a baking sheet. Rub the potatoes with the oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast the potatoes until fork tender, about 45 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool enough to handle.

Step Two | Cook the Bacon

While the potatoes are cooling, lay 12 slices of bacon in a skillet and place on medium-high heat. Cook until crisp on both sides, turning once, about 12 minutes. Set on a plate to cool then finely chop.

Step Three | Make the Filling

Once cool enough to handle, set the potatoes down so they sit in a steady position. Cut the top 1/2 inch off each potato and scoop out the insides of both the tops and bottoms into a large bowl, leaving about a 1/8 inch of flesh on the inside of the bottoms. Discard the remaining skins from the tops and arrange the bottoms so they stand up straight on a baking sheet.

In the large bowl of potatoes, add 2 cups (250 g) of the grated Cheddar, 4 sliced scallions, 1/2 cup (125 ml) chicken stock, 3/4 cup (185 ml) sour cream, 1/2 cup (115 g) chèvre, 1/3 cup (80 ml) butter, 2 teaspoons (10 ml) paprika and three quarters of the chopped bacon. Whip using a potato masher or handheld electric beaters, until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

Step Four | Stuff and Bake the Potatoes Again

Scoop the potato filling into each potato so that it is slightly overflowing. Use the edge of the spoon to swirl the filling and make crevasses to hold additional toppings. Sprinkle each potato with additional cheese, bacon and scallions.

Return the potatoes to the oven to bake until the cheese is melted and slightly golden, about 45 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving. 

Twice baked potatoes on a wood and marble board

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Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes

Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes on a Wooden Board

What dreams are made of, these Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes are scooped out, mixed with fixings and a handful of cheese, then stuffed back topped with even more cheese and finally baked. Trust us, being thankful is an understatement.

  • Author: Chef Sous Chef
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Food + Drink, Occasions
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Thanksgiving, North American
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Ingredients

 

  • 8 small russet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) sea salt
  • 12 slices bacon
  • 2 1/2 cups (325 g) grated cheddar cheese
  • 6 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) chicken stock, warmed
  • 3/4 cup (185 ml) sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) chèvre 
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) butter, melted
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions

No. 1 | Preheat oven to 400° F. 

No. 2 | Thoroughly clean and dry the potatoes. Using a strong fork, poke each potato a few times all around and place on a baking sheet. Rub the potatoes with the oil and sprinkle with salt. Roast the potatoes until fork tender, about 45 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool enough to handle.

No. 3 | While the potatoes are cooling, lay the bacon in a skillet and place on medium-high heat. Cook until crisp on both sides, turning once, about 12 minutes. Set on a plate to cool then finely chop.

No. 4 | Once cool enough to handle, set the potatoes down so they sit in a steady position. Cut the top 1/2 inch off each potato and scoop out the insides of both the tops and bottoms into a large bowl, leaving about a 1/8 inch of flesh on the inside of the bottoms. Discard the remaining skins from the tops and arrange the bottoms so they stand up straight on a baking sheet.

No. 5 | In the large bowl of potatoes, add 2 cups (250 g) of the grated Cheddar, three quarters of the scallions, chicken stock, sour cream, chèvre, butter, paprika and three quarters of the chopped bacon. Whip using a potato masher or handheld electric beaters, until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste. 

No. 6 | Scoop the potato filling into each potato so that it is slightly overflowing. Use the edge of the spoon to swirl the filling and make crevasses to hold additional toppings. Sprinkle each potato with additional cheese, bacon and scallions.

No. 7 | Return the potatoes to the oven to bake until the cheese is melted and slightly golden, about 45 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving. 

Notes

Poking holes in the potatoes will help the potatoes cook a little more evenly and prevent them from any chance of breaking during cooking. While extremely rare, the potatoes could explode by avoiding this step. 

Keywords: Thanksgiving Recipes, Potato Recipes, Stuffed Potatoes

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Lisa Bynum
    October 9, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I would have to make an extra batch. One for me and one for everyone else at the table. Because this would all I would want to eat. #carbaholic

    • Reply
      chefsouschef
      October 9, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      Tell me about it! We always make a few extras 😉

  • Reply
    Dannii
    October 9, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I went on a truffle hunting trip and I became obsessed with anything that had truffles in it. I have to try this.

    • Reply
      chefsouschef
      October 9, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      That would be amazing! I forage morels every year but would love to go hunting for truffles.

  • Reply
    Jenni LeBaron
    October 9, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    Yum! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve made twice baked potatoes but this makes me want to whip up a batch. I think truffles pair so well with the starchiness of potatoes.

    • Reply
      chefsouschef
      October 9, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      Yes, the truffles pair perfectly with potatoes.

  • Reply
    Ginny
    October 9, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I haven’t seen that cheese but it gives me some great ideas. Those twice baked potatoes are fancy to the max!

  • Reply
    Elaine @ Dishes Delish
    October 9, 2017 at 1:35 pm

    Holy moly! I want these truffled twice baked potatoes and I want them now! Like right now. I have got to make these for our Thanksgiving! Wonderful recipe and beautiful photos!

    • Reply
      chefsouschef
      October 9, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks so much Elaine! Once you make them once for Thanksgiving, they will be requested every year. You’ve been warned, lol. 🙂

  • Reply
    Maggie
    November 19, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    OMG… these potatoes are amazing, so rich and creamy! I’m officially on Potato duty for Thanksgiving!

    • Reply
      Chef Sous Chef
      November 20, 2017 at 8:12 am

      LOL.. Amazing!

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