These twice-baked potatoes with Irish Cheddar are filled with half and half, sour cream, Cheddar, and Parmigiano-Reggiano, making them rich, creamy, and completely irresistible.
Twice-Baked Potatoes with Irish Cheddar
- Quick Glance
- Quick Glance
- 20 M
- 2 H, 30 M
- Serves 4 to 8
Preheat the oven to 400°F (204°C) . Adjust the oven rack to the middle position.
Scrub the potatoes under cold, running water, pat dry, and rub with the olive oil. Pierce each potato several times with a fork and arrange on a baking sheet.
Bake for about 1 hour, until fork-tender. If the potatoes are whoppingly large, they may need a little more time.
Remove the potatoes from the oven and set aside just until they’re cool enough to handle. Reduce the oven temperature to 375°F (190°C).
Cut each potato lengthwise in half, taking care to keep the skins intact. Using a spoon, scoop the flesh from the skins, leaving about 1/4 inch of potato on the inside, and into a large bowl.
Force the potato flesh through a ricer or the medium disk of a food mill, or mash the potato really well with a potato masher or the back of a spoon.
Add the half-and-half, sour cream, 1 cup of the Cheddar, the scallions, and melted butter and mix gently. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If the potatoes are quite large, you may need to add a touch more half-and-half (and a little more cheese wouldn’t be a terrible thing).
Place the empty potato skins on an oiled baking sheet or in a baking dish. Spoon or pipe the potato mixture into the empty potato skin shells. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar and the Parmesan. (At this point, the potatoes can be loosely covered and refrigerated for up to 24 hours.)
Bake the potatoes for 35 to 40 minutes, until the tops are golden brown and the filling is warmed through.
If desired, top each potato half with sour cream and sprinkle with scallions or chives. Serve immediately. Originally published March 12, 2012.
How To Freeze These Twice-Baked Potatoes
One of our recipe testers, Kim Venglar, always has twice-baked potatoes in my freezer ready to cook. So we asked her advice. After you stuff the spuds but before you bake them a second time, she says, toss the stuffed spuds in a resealable plastic bag and freeze ’em for up to 3 months. You can either defrost the potatoes overnight in the fridge and then bake them at 350°F (176°C) for 45 minutes or so, or you can bake them straight from the freezer at 350°F (176°C) for an hour or so, covering them with foil for the first 45 minutes. Potatoes, pronto!
Oh, and be sure to omit the green onions, Kim notes, as “they do really nasty things in the freezer and give the potatoes a funky flavor.” Yikes. We certainly don’t want that! Instead, she says, sprinkle sliced scallions over the potatoes after taking them out of the oven.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
This was a real family favorite. Following the recipe was easy and the results were very tasty. The family is already making plans for the next time.
I had 100 grams (I’d guess close to four ounces) of actual Irish Cheddar that made about two cups of shredded cheese. I used an entire bunch of chives, since I couldn’t get to the store for scallions. The filling was a little “rustic,” but no one minded. (This probably had more to do with me than the recipe itself.) This is perfect for weekend cooking due to the long cooking times.
I will certainly do this one again, with maybe different cheeses or plain Greek yogurt for the sour cream.
I love Irish Cheddar so I couldn’t wait to try these potatoes. Irish Cheddar is different from American Cheddar. It has a different texture and flavor. I used Kerrygold Irish Dubliner cheese because it’s my favorite. The recipe is very simple and straightforward, but get your mise en place ready while your potatoes are cooking.
I think the dish could have used a little more onion, but that’s a personal preference. My potatoes were just under 1 pound each. You may need to adjust the amount of half-and-half if your potatoes are large. The recipe says it serves four, but none of us could eat more than a half so I would say it serves eight.