Sunday, January 25, 2009

Twice Baked Potaotes


First, I want to comment about my new blog layout. Do you like it? I had a hard time finding something I liked that I didn't have to pay for, AND scrolled with the page as I wrote. I get annoyed when I'm reading a blog that has, say lots of curly cues on the page and they don't move with the text!! I don't know why, but that drives me crazy. . . .

So I went to Leelou blogs and dowloaded one of her free ones. I had another layout from her, and I was ready for a change! :) I also wanted a blog with THREE columns. Yup, so I could fit more stuff on here. Just kidding. Actually, I did it so you wouldn't have to scroll as far down the page to find things you wanted. Like the other blogs I visit, or my labels to find a recipe your looking for.

(I had to go to cutestblogontheblog to find out how to create a 3 column blog, but I love it!!)

Anyway, here's your shopping list:potatoes, butter, milk, sour cream, cheese, chives, and italian seasonings.

Bake your potatoes. Usually it takes about an hour. You want to make sure they're good and baked through, since you're going to scoop out all the insides and mash them up. It just makes your life a bit easier.

Try to leave a little bit of potato on the skin. This gives them some structure so you don't have potato skins just flopping around.

And yes, all my bowls are dirty so I'm mixing in a measuring cup. I do whatever works!

Mash up your potato guts and mix some milk and butter in with them. Then add the rest of your stuff. Sometimes instead of sour cream, I use ranch dressing. That also helps cover my italian seasonings base. And when I have fresh chives outside, I chop those up too.

I actually got a chia pet herb garden from my sister for Christmas. I just haven't planted them yet. Well, if you can call chia pets 'plantable'.

Mix everything up nice and good. Feel free to sample to make sure you get the flavor you want for these. I like a little salt and pepper as well.

Then go ahead and stuff those skins!! Mound them up good, you don't want that filling to go to waste. And then, because I'm addicted to cheese, I put some more on top so it'll melt.

Yum, there's just something about melty cheese. :)

  • Potatoes
  • Grated Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Italian Seasonings
  • Chives-chopped

Bake your potatoes. Estimate about 1/2-1 potato per person. Make sure you prick the skins to help let steam out. You could also microwave if your short on time. Test for doneness with a knife. If it goes in smoothly, they're probably done.
Slice potatoes in half, and scoop out the insides. Mash the guts with some milk and butter, so they're almost like mashed potatoes, but with some lumps still. Add the rest of the ingredients according to the way you like. Feel free to sample so you can get a flavor you like. Fill the potatoes with the guts and press some cheese onto the top. Bake for about 20-30 minutes at 350deg.

Try other things in these as well! Bacon is tasty, and sometimes I substitute ranch dressing in place of the sour cream.


  1. I think the blog AND the potatoes look fantastic!

  2. Sounds yummy! I know what you mean about the scrolling thing on the background. I like the blue background you have, it looks nice!

  3. This is my first visit here.. and I think your blog is ADORABLE!!!


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