Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Stuffed Baked Potatoes

The Spruce / Loren Runion

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 60 mins
Total: 75 mins
Servings: 4 to 6 servings

Baked stuffed potatoes—also known as twice-baked potatoes—are always a hit, and they aren't difficult to make. The potatoes are baked, then scooped out of their skins, mashed, seasoned, and then spooned back into the shells.

With a bevy of potential toppings like cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses and chives, you'll have a hearty and satisfying snack. They also go great with chili and sour cream. This flavor bomb is a great fit for barbecues and game nights, so grab a fork and dig right in!

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

    Stuffed Baked Potatoes ingredients

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  2. Scrub potatoes and pat dry.

    clean potatoes on a towel

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  3. Prick the potatoes in several places with a fork.

    prick holes in potatoes with a fork

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  4. Bake the potatoes for 45 to 50 minutes or until cooked through and tender. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

    baked potatoes on a towel

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  5. Increase the oven temperature to 425 F. Cut each potato in half lengthwise.

    potatoes cut in half lengthwise

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  6. Scoop out the potato pulp, placing it into a large bowl.

    scoop the potato pulp from the potatoes

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  7. Mash the potatoes or put them through a ricer.

    mashed potatoes in a bowl

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  8. Beat in the butter, sour cream, and salt and pepper.

    mashed potatoes with butter and sour cream in a bowl

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  9. Pile the potato mixture back into only 6 of the shells.

    potato skins with mashed potatoes inside

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  10. Top with the shredded cheese and then sprinkle with paprika. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the potatoes are heated through.

    Stuffed Baked Potatoes

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Tip

Recipe Variations

  • Top the potatoes with a tablespoon or two of chili before sprinkling with the shredded cheese and paprika. 
  • Add finely chopped fresh chives to the potatoes along with the butter and sour cream.
  • Sprinkle thinly sliced green onions over the stuffed potatoes before adding the cheese.