Half Baked Potatoes

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Great as a side or on its own. This recipe cuts the traditional recipe time down by nearly an hour. Easy to double or triple if you need sides for a couple of extra guests at the dinner table. You can always add any of your favorite potato toppings to make your own half-baked potatoes.

Half Baked Potatoes

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 25 min Cook Time 25 min Total Time 50 mins Servings: 2 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

Description

Great as a side or on its own. This recipe cuts the traditional recipe time down by nearly an hour. Easy to double or triple if you need sides for a couple of extra guests at the dinner table. You can always add any of your favorite potato toppings to make your own half-baked potatoes.

Grocery List

Dry Ingredients

If making Cheese and Bacon flavored potatoes

If making Sour Cream and Chive flavored potatoes

If making Fully Loaded flavored potatoes

In the Kitchen

  1. Rinse and dry your potatoes. 

  2. Pierce with a fork to keep potatoes from cracking in the microwave.

  3. Cook potatoes in the microwave. Most microwaves have a potato setting.

    If you don’t have one here is the general rule of thumb for potatoes in the microwave; 6 - 7 minutes for 1 potato 9 - 11 minutes for 2. Cooking times will vary.
  4. Remove from the microwave. 

    Caution: they will be hot.
  5. Slice potatoes once long ways down the middle to get two halves. 

    Let cool for 10 – 15 minutes.
  6. Place all potato centers in a medium-mixing bowl. 

    Leave enough potato (1/4 inch) inside; making potato skin bowls.
  7. Place all potato centers in a medium-mixing bowl.

  8. Add melted butter, parsley and dry ingredients.

  9. Using a fork or potato masher mix potatoes until smooth and mixed well together.

    If making a *flavored potato add the required ingredients now and mix well into the potato filling.
  10. Distribute filling equally into potato skins.

    Once the potato skins have been filled generously sprinkle paprika over the tops of potatoes.
  11. Place onto an ungreased baking sheet. 

  12. Preheat the oven to 400F.

  13. Place into the oven on the middle rack.

  14. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until potatoes are hot in center (check with toothpick) and browned on top.

  15. Remove the baking sheet from the oven.

    Garnish and serve immediately. Potatoes will be very hot. 
  16. Refrigerate leftovers immediately in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Note

  • CAREFUL when scooping out the potatoes. Try to not breaking the skins.
  • Grab your favorite ingredients and make your own amazing flavor combinations!

Tools:
Mixing Bowl
Baking Sheet
Measuring Spoons
Measuring Cup
Spoon
Fork 

Keywords: potato, potatoes, half, baked, twice, cheese, cheddar, bacon, sour cream, chives, green onions, loaded
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