Twice Baked Potatoes

Easy Twice Baked Potatoes

These Twice Baked Potatoes are so easy and delicious. The cheesy top mixed with creamy mashed potatoes is a winning combination for any side dish!



I grew up eating Twice Baked Potatoes but have been shocked to learn that many friends and family members have never had the pleasure of experiencing this delicious, cheesy potato dish.

We traditionally would eat them for Sunday dinner occasionally but since I’ve started to master the art of it- my family enjoys it much more often.

What is a twice baked potato you might ask?

It’s a baked potato  where you clean all the insides out, mash them up, add some  ingredients to make them creamy and delicious, put them back into the skin, top with cheese and bake some more. Hence the name- twice baked potato.

They are always a hit with my kids- we gobble them right up and there is never any complaining about having to eat them.

These are cheap, easy and pretty darn amazing if you ask me. I hope you’ll love them, too.


Should I wrap my baked potato in foil?

You shouldn’t wrap your potato in foil. Foil holds in moisture and steams the potatoes, resulting in a “boiled” taste and texture.


Can I double this recipe?

Yep, sure thing! You can make as many as you want! Just up the rest of the added ingredients.

How long will twice baked potatoes stay good in the refrigerator for? 

These taste great the next day for lunch, but eat them within 2-3 days.





3 or 4 Russet Potatoes

2 Cups Shredded Cheddar or Colby Jack Cheese

3 Tbsp Salt

6 Tbsp Butter

1/2-3/4 C Evaporated Milk





Preheat Smoker or Oven to 400°

Scrub and Rinse potatoes then salt heavily while still wet

Poke a few holes on each side with a fork

Place in oven for 90-120 minutes

Once potatoes give a little when squeezed they are done

Remove and let cool for 30 minutes

Slice potatoes in half lengthwise and remove potato from skin with spoon into large mixing bowl and set skins aside

Add butter, evaporated milk and 1 1/2 Cups cheese

Mash and mix well by hand or with mixer

Fill skins back up and place in baking dish or on cookie sheet, top with remaining cheese and shake paprika on top to liking.

Place back in oven at 350° for 30-45 minutes and broil for 5 minutes at end to crisp cheese.

Remove and enjoy.

Pairs well with Baby Back Ribs (shown)


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Can I make potatoes ahead of time?

You can bake the potatoes and assemble them ahead of time, yes. Keep covered in the fridge and bake as usual.


Can I use different cheese?

Sure! Try out any cheese that fits your fancy. I do recommend using some sort of cheddar or colby jack though.


What if I don’t have evaporated milk?

You can try other substitutes to make your potatoes creamy. I prefer evaporated milk. You could use regular milk, coconut milk, sour cream or plain greek yogurt if you so desire.


Other recipes you might enjoy with Twice Baked Potatoes


Baby Back Ribs

Glazed Ham

Cornish Game Hen

Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Beef Back Ribs

Honey Mustard Pork Loin

Prime Rib

Dad’s Sunday Pot Roast

Smoked Turkey

Chicken Lollipops

Honey Orange Pork Loin



Twice Baked Potatoes are so quick to make and amazing.  Mixing a  cheesy top with creamy mashed potatoes is an amazing combination for any side dish!

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