Twice baked potatoes

So at the usual Sunday night dinner at the in-laws this week I grilled up some steaks and made twice baked potatoes.  They seemed to really enjoy them so I thought I would share it with you.  This recipe yields about enough filling for 6 good sized potatoes.

6          Lrg. Russet potatoes
1c        Shredded cheddar cheese (sharp or old)
1c        Sour cream
1/2c     Bacon bits
3-4       Green onion, finely diced
3          Garlic cloves, minced
1tsp     Pepper
1.5tsp  Salt

Preheat your oven to 375.  Wash potatoes, prick them a couple of times with a fork and place them directly on your oven rack.  Bake for about 2 hours.  You can cook the potatoes in foil if you like but cooking them just on the rack makes the skin a little bit crispy.  I really like the effect it has.  Also remember that if you cook your potatoes in foil it will reduce your cooking time.

Once the potatoes are cooked, remove from the oven and let stand for about 10 minutes.  Turn the oven up to 425.  Slice off the top ¼ of the potato and put the potato top in a large mixing bowl.  Hollow out the potato leaving about ¼ inch or flesh inside the skin.  Put all the scooped out potato into the bowl.  Combine all the rest of the ingredients in the bowl and mash everything together until smooth.  Taste the filling and adjust seasoning as needed.  Scoop the filling mix into a zip-loc bag.  Cut off one of the corners and then pipe the potato filling back into the potato shells.  If you still have some cheddar, you can sprinkle some on the top of the stuffed potatoes.  Put the potatoes back into the oven and bake for another 15 minutes.  You may want to put them on a cookie sheet in case any of the stuffing spills over the potatoes.  When they come out of the oven let them stand for a few minutes as they are very hot.

These are very tasty.  You can put whatever you want in them.  I have just used standard potato toppings but you could use spinach and feta or mushrooms and swiss.  Get creative!  Please post your favourite things to do with potatoes.

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