I get bored making the same old stuff sometimes, so I decided to try my hand at twice baked potatoes. I was presently surprised to find out they were way better than the store bought and were super easy to make. Here is what you need:
3 Potatoes – I prefer the larger baking potatoes, but you can see form my photo, that is not what I used (just had plain old odd sized potatoes)
1 package Idahoan Baby Reds mashed potatoes (or whatever flavor you prefer) – I know sometimes people want it be all homemade potatoes, but I have tried it both ways and this is the best. Try it.
¼ c Butter (1/2 stick)
Garlic to taste – I usually use the chopped (in a jar because I always have it). I use about 1 Tablespoon.
1C. Cheddar cheese (or whatever you like)
Sprinkle of Paprika
Poke your potatoes with something sharp and microwave for about 8-9 minutes. You want them done but not smushy.
Place in the fridge until they are cool enough to handle.
Make your Potatoes as directed, but shorten the amount of water needed by ¼ cup and add the garlic to the water (I sometimes use milk instead of water for richer potatoes).
Once they are complete, stir in about ¾ c cheddar cheese and set aside.
Take your potatoes and slice them in half lengthwise. Scoop out the inside and put it in with the prepared mashed potatoes. I use a grapefruit spoon to scoop them out, since it is a spoon and serrated. Makes it very easy if you have one.
Arrange the potato shells in a baking dish.
Put the butter in the potatoes and get out your mixer. Once the potatoes are all mashed to a consistency you like, gently scoop the mixture back into the potato shells.
Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese and then paprika.
When you are ready to bake these, place in a 350 degree oven for about 35 minutes. I sometimes make them a day before or the morning of and leave them in the fridge until I am ready.