Monday, April 21, 2014

Easy Way To Fill Twice Baked Potatoes...

Hi everyone. I hope you had a great weekend. Saturday we had a big birthday party celebration for my 2 nephews and my daughter's fiancĂ© Courtland. This week, I'll share a few pictures I took of the ice cream sundae party we had. Sunday morning was church, then Easter breakfast at my husband's parent's house. Since we celebrated Easter with my family last weekend, Easter dinner was just the five of us at home. We had the "go to" holiday dinner…a big ham, fresh green beans, asparagus, Brussels sprouts and twice baked potatoes.

This post was not planned, but in the middle of making the twice baked, I took a few pictures to share and easy way to fill the potato shells…an ice cream scoop!!

easy fill twice baked potatoes

My husband was literally cutting the ham while I was taking the pictures, so this was a quickie, but I wanted to share the "scoop" on this helpful tip!

I know there are a ton of ways to make twice baked potatoes, but here's how I do it before I show you the scoop pictures. I do mine right when they come out of the oven and whip them up hot, but you can bake them and cool them too and then bake again.

  • bake russet potatoes in the oven until fork tender. Time will depend on size of potato, but count on one hour for sure
  • place hot potato on a potholder in the palm of your hand and cut in half length wise.
  • scoop out the potato into mixing bowl and place empty skin shells on a cooking sheet.
  • add your favorite ingredients to make the whipped potato mixture. I use milk or half n' half, butter, sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, salt and pepper. All to taste for what you like. Obviously not a "skinny" version, but I do use fat free half n' half and light sour cream!
  • beat until light and fluffy.
One tip is to heat the butter and the milk in the microwave, so you are adding warm ingredients to the hot potatoes.

easy fill twice baked potatoes

Now find your best ice cream scoop. Preferably the one that has the spring mechanism to slide out the scoop of potato mixture.

easy fill twice baked potatoes

Fill it and scape on the side of the bowl.

easy fill twice baked potatoes

Then scoop it out into each shell.

easy fill twice baked potatoes

Fill all your skins in a matter of seconds.

easy fill twice baked potatoes

Spread potato out with a knife or spoon.

easy fill twice baked potatoes

I usually top with a little extra shredded cheese, but sorry no pictures. I needed to get these puppies in the oven for those last few minutes while the rest of the food was coming out!!

I hope this was a helpful tip for the next time you make twice baked potatoes!!

Thanks for stopping by,

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  1. great idea. I hadn't thought of that even though I use dishers for a lot of other things and have probably 6 different sizes. Meatballs, cookies, meringues, rice and cupcakes are some of the things I scoop.

  2. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Greetings, Karen,
    I enjoyed catching up with you on your blog...

    This is a great idea. I love to repurpose those kitchen items to make our life easier!

    I hope you had a blessed Easter with your lovely daughters. Have a marvelous Monday. ~Natalie

  4. Thanks. I use this tool for cupcake liners too, especially my little quiches and its works so nicely!

  5. I take out the potato in the beginning with a melon scoop.


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