There are few foods that make as many appearances on the dinner table as potatoes. Whether they're roasted, fried, or baked, I've yet to meet a person who doesn't like the potato. The best thing about the potato is that it's so often paired with other comfort food staples, like cheese or bacon. It's the all-American side dish.
The baked potato is a melting pot - a base for any flavor or topping you can imagine. What makes a baked potato even better? Baking it twice, of course! Twice baked potatoes require a little more effort - but take the classic baked potato to an entirely different level. They're the perfect blend of baked and mashed potatoes and the second round in the oven leaves them toasty and delicious.
Twice baked potatoes make for a great side, or even a whole meal. Below are five recipes that will have you drooling and adding twice baked potatoes to your menu for the week. Be sure to make a few extra; they make great leftovers!
1. Buffalo Chicken Twice Baked Potatoes
Buffalo chicken is one of those things that I firmly believe makes nearly everything better. Pile some into a baked potato, cover it in cheese, and throw it in the oven for a warm and gooey snack.
Try drizzling it with ranch dressing and serving it at your next party. Get the recipe here.
2. Bacon Cheeseburger Twice Baked Potatoes
Cheese and bacon are usually the supporting characters for a potato, but this takes it one step further. Adding ground beef, chives, and then the bacon and cheese make this an absolutely epic spud.
Dinner is served. No burger required. Get the recipe here.
3. Idaho Sunrise
This is the answer for those leftover baked potatoes in your fridge. Instead of repurposing them at lunch, try them out in the morning. Cracking an egg in one and baking in the oven provides a neat alternative to other combinations of eggs and potatoes.
Top it with whatever you would like for a comforting, filling way to start the day. Get the recipe here.
4. Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Blueberries and Pecans
It took me a while to appreciate the sweet potato. Now it's a staple in my house. Baking them a second time with a heap of fresh blueberries and sweet pecans creates a recipe that is reminiscent of the summer, and of sweet potato pie.
It's a great way to bring the sweet potato to the dinner table as a side, or even a breakfast. Get the recipe here.
5. Chipotle Gouda and Jalapeño Twice Baked Potatoes
These are some hot potatoes! A mixture of creamy chipotle Gouda cheese mixes with chopped jalapeños for a treat that is part potato skin and part jalapeño popper.
Try using baby potatoes to make these the perfect size for snacking. Get the recipe here.