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twice baked potato packed with cheese, sour cream, green onion, butter, and seasonings!

Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes for Two

sara a.
Easy twice baked potatoes loaded with tons of flavor!
4.72 from 7 votes
Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people
Calories 385 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large russet potato about 3/4 - 1 lb.
  • 2 tsp. canola or vegetable oil*
  • 2 strips Thick Cut Bacon
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt**
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3 tbsp. chopped green onion
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp. Whole Milk or heavy cream

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 F. Wash the potato, then coat it in the oil. Place on a small rimmed baking sheet, and bake for one hour.*
  • Line a separate small rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lay the bacon strips onto the foil, leaving space between them. Pop the bacon into the oven when the potatoes have about 15 minutes remaining, and cook it at 400 F for 15-18 minutes until browned and crispy.
  • After an hour of baking, remove the potato from the oven and gently pierce it with a knife to make sure it is completely cooked through and tender. Carefully transfer the baked potato to a cutting board, and turn the oven down to 350 F. Allow the potato to cool for a few minutes before handling.
    loaded twice baked potatoes for two :: a perfect date night side dish that is PACKED with flavor!
  • Transfer the cooked bacon to a plate lined with paper towels, and allow it to cool. Chop it into small pieces once it's cool enough to handle.
  • Cut the butter into small cubes, and place the cubes into a large bowl.
  • Cut the potato in half lengthwise.
    loaded twice baked potatoes for two :: a perfect date night side dish that is PACKED with flavor!
  • Carefully scoop out the insides of the potatoes, leaving the skins intact. (It helps to leave about 1/2" of potato around the edges so they don't tear apart.) Place the scooped out potato directly into the bowl with the butter. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper, and mix to combine until the butter is melted.
    loaded twice baked potatoes for two :: a perfect date night side dish that is PACKED with flavor!
  • Stir in the green onions and sour cream.
    loaded twice baked potatoes for two :: a perfect date night side dish that is PACKED with flavor!
  • Stir in the cheese, chopped bacon, and whole milk. Taste, and season with more salt or pepper if desired.
    loaded twice baked potatoes for two :: a perfect date night side dish that is PACKED with flavor!
  • Divide the potato mixture between the hollowed potato halves, then pop them back in the oven. Bake at 350 F for about 10 minutes until hot. Enjoy!

Notes

*In the microwave, cook the potato for three minutes, carefully flip it over, and cook another three minutes.  If the potato isn't fluffy after six minutes, cook in 1 minute increments until fluffy and easy to scoop. 
The "potato" button is also perfect for microwaving potatoes, if you have it!
*Oil is not necessary if cooking the potatoes in the microwave.
**Potatoes NEED salt to taste good. I use more than 1/4 tsp., but I recommend starting with this amount, and adding more to fit your taste.
***If using bacon, lay the bacon on a separate baking sheet and pop into the oven about 15 minutes before the potato is done baking. Cook until crisp, then transfer to a plate lined with paper towels until ready to use.

Nutrition

Serving: 1twice baked potatoCalories: 385kcal
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