Twice Baked Potatoes and Variations

This is a recipe I have been holding onto for awhile. You can’t go wrong with twice baked potatoes, I hate to admit this, but I will often dress up instant mashed potatoes with these variations. Most people can not tell the difference.

Twice baked potato

Twice Baked Potatoes and Variations

I love making twice baked potatoes, you can take an ordinary potato and turn it into something far more extra ordinary with a few simple additions to your humble potato. These also are a great to make ahead of time and serve up later. I like to make mine the night before, or even on Sunday’s and reheat these during the week. Don’t buy those frozen twice baked potatoes, why not try some of these?

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Twice Baked Potatoes and Variations

Twice Baked Potatoes and Variations, so you can make these in so many different ways. 
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Twice Baked Potatoes and Variations
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 226kcal


The basic stuffed potato

  • 4 medium Baking Potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons Margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 cup warm Milk

Barbecue Stuffed Potatoes

  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/16 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon thin sliced onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red or green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • shredded Colby cheese optional

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Potatoes

  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or Swiss cheese
  • 3 tablespoon crumbled cooked bacon
  • 1 tablespoon each minced onion and parsley

Ranch Style Stuffed Potatoes

  • 3/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 3 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon minced green onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • chopped tomatoes optional
  • chopped green onions optional

Seafood Stuffed Potatoes

  • 1 cup grated Swiss cheese
  • 1 tablespoon grated onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/16 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/16 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 ounces tiny cocktail shrimp


Basic Potato

  • Bake potatoes. Slice off the top 1/4 inch of each potato. Discard top. Carefully spoon out center pulp, leaving about 1/2 inch shell. Place pulp in a medium bowl and mash until smooth. Stir in 2 tablespoon margarine, salt, and pepper and enough milk to moisten. Beat until light and fluffy. Mound into shells. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle with paprika or dot with additional margarine if desired. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees over 15 to 20 minutes. 

Barbecue Stuffed Potato

  • Barbecue Stuffed Potatoes Stir in 1 tablespoon chopped parsley, a few drops of hot pepper sauce and liquid smoke. Fill shells and bake. Meanwhile saute until soft, a thinly sliced small onion and 1/2 of a red or green pepper, cut into strips. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon of your favorite BBQ sauce and some of the sauteed vegetables. Sprinkle with shredded Colby Cheese if desired

Bacon and Cheese Stuffed Potatoes

  • Cheese Bacon Stuffed Potatoes Stir in 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or Swiss cheese, 3 tablespoons, crumbled cooked bacon, and 1 tablespoon each minced onion and parsley. Top each potato with butter before baking.

Ranch Style Potatoes

  •   Ranch Style Stuffed Potatoes Beat in 3/4 cup cottage cheese or 3 ounces softened cream cheese, 1 tablespoon minced green onion, and 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice. Fill shells and bake. Top with chopped tomatoes and additional green onion. 

Seafood Stuffed Potato

  • Seafood Stuffed Potatoes Stir in 1 cup grated Swiss cheese, 1 tablespoon grated onions, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice and a dash of dried dill weed and cayenne pepper. Drain 1 can tiny cocktail shrimp. Gently stir into potato mixture. Fill shells and bake.


Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 288mg | Potassium: 632mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Vitamin C: 9.2mg | Calcium: 184mg | Iron: 1.3mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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