Twice-Baked Potatoes With Cream Cheese and Chives

Twice baked potato recipe

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 85 mins
Total: 105 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
551 Calories
25g Fat
68g Carbs
15g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 551
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 13g 67%
Cholesterol 107mg 36%
Sodium 590mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 68g 25%
Dietary Fiber 7g 25%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 25mg 127%
Calcium 212mg 16%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 1737mg 37%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These twice-baked potatoes are a wonderful change of pace from everyday baked potatoes or the "same-old" mashed potatoes. The potato skins are filled with the savory mashed potato mixture and then the baking continues until the topping is golden brown.


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  • 4 large baking potatoes, such as russets

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh or frozen chives

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 tablespoons sour cream

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

  • Paprika, optional

  • Grated Parmesan cheese, garnish

  • Chives, garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for a twice baked potato
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  2. Preheat the oven to 400 F.

  3. Scrub the potatoes well.

    Scrub the potatoes well
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  4. Rub them lightly with olive oil or shortening and pierce them with a fork in 2 or 3 places.

    Scrape with fork
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  5. Place them directly on the rack in the preheated oven and bake them for about 1 hour or until fork-tender. Remove the potatoes to a rack and reduce the oven heat to 375 F.

    Place potatoes on rack
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  6. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, split them lengthwise and scoop the potato into a mixing bowl, taking caution to leave the potato skins intact.

    Scoop out potatoes
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  7. Add the cream cheese, chives, butter, 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese, and sour cream to the potato in the bowl. Beat this mixture until smooth. Taste and add salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

    Add cream cheese, chives
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  8. Add the egg and beat until smooth.

    Add the egg
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  9. Put the empty potato skins on a baking sheet. Carefully fill the skins with the potato mixture and sprinkle with additional cheese, green onions or chives, and paprika, if desired.

    Put the potato skins on baking sheet
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  10. Bake in the oven until the filling is hot and lightly browned, around 20 to 25 minutes.

    Bake in the oven
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  11. Serve hot and enjoy!

    Serve twice-baked potato
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  • Store any leftover baked potatoes in a sealed container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. Make sure the potatoes stay upright in the container, otherwise the filling could all spill out. Warm them on a plate in the microwave or in a foil-wrapped oven-safe container in a warm oven.

Recipe Variations

Once you master this recipe, use it as a jumping-off point to make the twice-baked potatoes your own:

  • Feel free to omit the chives or use sliced green onions in the filling instead.
  • The mashed potato filling is excellent with cheddar cheese, pepper jack, or gruyere as well.
  • Get creative and add in other mix-ins like homemade bacon bits, sauteed mushrooms, or even frizzled onions.

Make It a Meal

These twice-baked potatoes could certainly stand on their own as a main course. Pair them with a bright, acidic salad for a full dinner. For a heartier dinner, top the twice-baked potato with some hot bean or meat chili. Add some more cheese, sour cream, scallions, and diced red onions for a warm and cozy meal.