Dinner is a cinch with Make Ahead Twice Baked Potatoes
This recipe for Make Ahead Twice Baked Potatoes is a fantastic solution for getting a delicious dinner on the table fast. Grill or saute your favorite protein while your frozen Make Ahead Twice Baked Potatoes bake in the oven. It doesn’t get much simpler than that!
Potatoes naturally have two ‘flatter’ sides, which they naturally roll to when placed on a counter. After baking your potatoes, you’ll need to cut them in half along the ‘edge’ or ‘side’, so that the potato halves lay nice and flat, as shown above. You can tell you’re slicing in the right place because you’ll have to hold the potato upright with your hand.
Of course they’re not called ‘twice baked’ for nothing, because they are baked a total of two times. The first time is just to cook the flesh inside. Then you’ll cut the potatoes in half and mix up the flesh with some amazing tasting ingredients and then mound it back into your pre-baked potato shells.
I developed this recipe to make a lot of these delicious boats of goodness, 12 to be exact. Enough to feed a crowd of unexpected guests, or just bake up two at a time for you and a special someone.
These Make Ahead Twice Baked Potatoes get a major flavor boost from a package of Boursin cheese. If you haven’t discovered Boursin cheese yet, then let me tell you how perfectly the Garlic & Fine Herbs flavor pairs with mashed potatoes! I’ll always mix either cream cheese or boursin cheese into my mashed potatoes. It really makes them taste amazing.
Make Ahead Twice Baked Potatoes are flavored with cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, boursin cheese, milk, melted butter and salt ‘n pepper. Then you’ll load this mixture back into the potatoes and top them with sauteed bacon bits and more shredded cheddar.
Then they’re ready to be frozen! You can bake some up right away if needed, or freeze them all on a rimmed baking sheet covered with plastic wrap. After spending four hours in the freezer, they can be moved into a plastic zip lock bag for easier storage.
When you’re ready to bake them, set them in a 500 degree F oven for about 20-25 minutes until they’re heated through and you’ll have a great side dish to any main entree with practically no effort!