Thursday, 8 January 2015

TWICE-BAKED POTATOES


Baked potatoes are a wonderful thing. They can make the ideal lunch with salad or light dinner by itself, or can be a perfect accompaniment to a main evening meal. I used to just prick them all over with a fork and bake them for hours but depending on the type of potato, I'd get varied results which I wasn't thrilled about. There was always a potato that was too underdone and would be lumpy when it came to eating - yuck! It totally puts you off eating the entire thing. I mean, you make a meal and you want to enjoy it, right? I always found that just baking them once wasn't enough. It's funny; until you bake them twice you really don't know what you're missing!

It's not even a hassle to bake potatoes twice. This method gets them crisp on the outside and smooth and creamy on the inside every time, and here's how.

First of all you need to pick the right variety of potato. You want a variety that grows big enough to bake, and that is known for turning lovely and fluffy when cooked. We either use Estima or, in this case, locally-grown Marfona. Round up the biggest of the bag, give them a quick wash to rid them of dirt and prick liberally all over with a fork. Place them on a baking tray and then into a hot pre-heated oven (Gas Mark 7/220ºC/425ºF) for approximately two hours, depending on the size of the potato. Now you can go about your business, run errands, clean the house, laze about on the sofa with a cup of tea watching rubbish reality shows...

To check that the potatoes are cooked, pierce the skin with a knife. If it goes through with little resistance then you know they're done enough. Remove them from the oven and cut the potatoes down the middle. Next, you need to mash them. 

This is the ultimate step, because as I mentioned earlier, there's nothing worse than a lumpy potato! So, for the smoothest mashed potato, we used our newest kitchen gadget: the KitchenAid mixer. Obviously a standard mixer, hand masher or potato ricer will work just as well. To start, prepare the mixer with the paddle attachment. Simply scoop out the potato into the mixing bowl, add a little bit of butter, milk (I prefer skimmed) and seasoning, then mix on low until smooth and creamy. I love this method because mixers basically guarantee you no lumps! We also added some grated cheddar cheese and incorporated it into the mash with one last whip of the machine.

The final step is to refill your empty crispy skins with the mashed potato and top them each with a small sprinkling of grated cheddar cheese. Either pop them back in the oven for another 15 minutes for the cheese to melt, or, if you like the topping a little more crisp, grill on high for 10 minutes. All that's left is to enhance with your favourite toppings. Family favourites include sour cream and chives, tuna mayonnaise, homemade coleslaw or baked beans.

Of course, if you want to make the dish healthier (new years resolutions and all) then you can always use low-fat cheese, omit the cheese completely, or even substitute the recipe with sweet potatoes and add some paprika. I've tried all of these variations and they all work equally well, but I can't seem to curb my craving for cheese at the moment - sometimes you just need a bit of comfort food. 

Done this way, however, I promise that you'll never bake a potato any other way again.
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48 comments

  1. I love baked potatoes, I never could make mine taste as good as I eaten them out. Will take note of your tips.
    Angelika ♥
    BurningBlonde

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    1. You won't want to go out for baked potatoes if you make them this way, I can assure you! Xx

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  2. These are right up my street! Thanks for sharing!

    Stephanie
    http://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/
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    xxxx

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  3. These look absolutely mouth watering, I want one right now! Definitely putting these on my shopping list for a meal next week :)

    Holly xx | http://abranchofholly.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you Holly, enjoy cooking and let me know how they turn out! Xx

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  4. I'm SO hungry right now and this is not helping haha. 100% trying out this method, I love baked potatoes but they're always lumpy...this just looks delish and anything with lots of cheese is a winner with me! x

    Josie’s Journal

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    1. Every time I look at the photo I just want to make another batch, haha! Xx

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  5. These looks soooo delicious, I could just eat them now :)

    Alice x
    alzgalz.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. These sound sooooo good! I feel so hungry right now!

    www.hayleyeszti.com

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  7. These look delicious, I'm so happy I know now how to avoid those horrible lumps and bumps!

    Lots of Love,
    What Abby Loves

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    1. Thank you Abby! Mashing your baked potatoes is the way forward! Xx

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  8. Oh gosh this looks incredible, I have so many potatoes to use up but might have to do a healthier option hahaha it looks amazing though xxx

    Blonde Of Carbs

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    1. Thanks Jessica! It's an easily adapted recipe so there's always a way to make it healthier! Xx

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  9. Those look absolutely delicious! I'd never had a bake potato before university but everyone kept telling me they'd be all I'd eat (along with beans) so I thought I'd give them a go. I'm going to be honest, I literally buy the premade ones out of the freezer in sainsburys every time! guilty....

    Bec www.becloumar.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Becca! Haha, they definitely become a staple food at university - I found the same. You should give these a go. They're so simple - a little bit more washing up - but simple to make! Xx

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  10. These look absolutely delicious! Definitely something I would try myself! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  11. They look amazing!! Was going to Cook baked potatoes tomorrow tonight!! Definitely using this recipe

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    1. Thanks Grace! Let me know how it turns out! Xx

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  12. I agree with you on being put off if the potatoes are not fully cooked. Will have to try out this version soon as it sounds delicious x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. Hope you give it a go, Alina! Thanks for stopping by! Xx

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  13. Ooh these look yummy, will definitely be giving them a go! Thanks so much for your lovely comment on my blog! xo

    Catherine | Pretty Little Beauty Blog

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    1. Thank you Catherine! No problem, really enjoyed reading your blog! Xx

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  14. Haven't made twice baked potatoes in ages... reading this before lunch has my stomach growling, haha!

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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    1. Haha, you need to fulfil your baked potato needs! Xx

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  16. I love potatoes, in any shape and form! This looks delicious and I can't wait to give it a try. :)
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    Aria
    Girl in a Whimsical Land

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    1. Me too, I really wish I didn't like carbs and cheese as much as I do otherwise I'd be much slimmer! Thanks beaut! Xx

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  17. oh i love potatoe skins , i can actualy eat this wihtout the lovely sounding filing alone lol

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    1. I love potato skins too, but only if they're super crispy. They're very good for you! Xx

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  18. The Kitchenaid is such a good idea, I'd never have thought of that! I love Baked potatoes, I'm just never patient enough to make them for myself.

    Sammy xo.

    littlefickleblog.blogspot.com

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  19. mmm this looks so good! I've just eaten dinner, but I am now fancying a jacket potato - definitely going to try this - Great post x

    Danielle ||Miss Sunshine & Sparkle

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  20. You don't know how badly I want a potato right now. Oh my gosh. I may have to run to the store after work and get one or two. I have never been able to really get a good grip on "smooth" potatoes, it has just never worked out between us. But maybe now I will be able to get it just right! I can't help but give it another shot, right? :)
    Thanks so much for recommending your blog to me! I'm really loving your posts from what I've seen so far! Will definitely be coming back :)
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    Now to hunt down a tater.
    Natalie | Oheartsan

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    1. Haha bless you! Thank you lovely, hope you enjoy reading! Xx

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  21. This looks so so good!

    howtolyfe.blogspot.com
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  22. Love, love, love this post Katie. My boyf and I are on a massive jacket potato for lunch bandwagon everyday, definitely going to give this a go tomorrow *mouth waters!*

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

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    1. Thanks for reading Ellie! Hope you enjoy! Xx

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