Twice Baked Potatoes

2012-03-06

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  • Yield : 5 Potatoes
  • Servings : 5
  • Prep Time : 50m
  • Cook Time : 1:10 h
  • Ready In : 3:20 h

Ingredients (Serves 5)

  • 6 large russet potatoes, scrubbed
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter for brushing
  • 3/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 6 ounces herbed fromage blanc
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup half-and-half
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pieces smoked bacon
  • Fresh, chopped chives for garnish

Method

Step 01

Preheat the oven to 400°. Prick potatoes all over with with a fork, place directly on the rack of the oven and roast for 50-60 minutes or until tender and cooked through.

Step 02

Carefully slice off the top quarter of each potato and allow to cool slightly for about five minutes. Scoop out the flesh of each potato into a large bowl being careful to leave behind a 1/4 inch layer of potato on the inside to form a shell. Brush each shell inside and out with the melted butter and sprinkle the insides with 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

Step 03

Raise the heat of the oven to 475°. Place the buttered potato shells on a baking sheet fitted with a wire rack and roast in the oven for 15 minutes, or until they begin to crisp.

Step 04

While the potato shells are baking in the oven mix the half-and-half with 1/2 of the cheese. Cook the remaining butter and garlic in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until garlic is lightly golden and aromatic, about 3-5 minutes. Add the half-and-half/cheese mixture to the garlic butter and mix thoroughly. Heat until just warm.

Step 05

Press the reserved potato flesh through a ricer or food mill and gently fold in the warm cheese/butter mixture, remaining salt and pepper until well combined.

Step 06

Remove the potato shells from the oven and fill them with the potato-cheese mixture. Carefully spread on the remaining cheese and bake for 15 minutes, or until warmed through and golden brown.

Step 07

Sprinkle with chives and bacon bits and serve immediately.

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Protein

    6.60g
  • Dietary Fibre

    7.60g
  • Fat Total

    50g
  • Energy

    0g
  • Fat Saturated

    90.5g
  • Sodium

    100g
  • Carbohydrate

    500g
  • Cholesterol

    200g