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For my dad: Favourite twice-baked potatoes

It’s not Fathers’ Day in Australia today but it is in other countries so I’m dedicating this one to my dad :)

I’m sure you all have recipes like this one. The recipes that don’t even have names but which everyone in the family knows – in this case “those potatoes that mum always makes”.

When I was approached by the folks at the Earth Fresh Marketing Department wondering if I would like to participate in a campaign for Klondike Rose Potatoes, (a version of) this recipe was the only one I was ever going to make. Because why reinvent the wheel?  Also, the Klondike Rose is a beautiful pink-skinned variety with lovely golden flesh and I knew this recipe would help those pretty colours shine!  Earth Fresh are looking for an original recipe featuring the Klondike Rose potato and invited 20 bloggers to submit their ideas.  The winner will be decided by the EarthFresh Marketing Department and will receive a Kitchenaid Food Processor and a $300 grocery gift card.  Second and third places will also be awarded grocery gift cards.

These are the simplest twice-baked potatoes ever and whilst I know *everyone* seems to have a favourite recipe for these babies, I urge you to try this one. The combination of bacon, green onions and almonds as a filling is unusual but it really works. Instead of using cream to mash the potatoes, I used Greek yogurt which made them lovely and creamy with a slight tang.  It’s the perfect meal all by itself, with a green salad.

Twice-baked potatoes with bacon, green onions and almonds
 
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The ultimate twice-baked potato – stuffed with bacon, green onions, almonds and cheesy mashed potatoes with Greek yogurt.
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 Klondike Rose potatoes
  • 2 rashers bacon, finely diced (reserve a little for garnish)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • ⅓ cup Gruyère cheese, grated (reserve a little for garnish)
  • ⅓ cup flaked almonds (reserve a little for garnish)
  • 3 green onions, finely sliced (reserve a little for garnish)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Place potatoes directly on oven rack and bake for about an hour.
  3. Meanwhile, fry the bacon cubes until not quite crispy.
  4. Cut a largish lid off the potatoes and scoop out flesh (be careful they are hot!).
  5. Mash the potato with the butter, Greek yogurt, cheese, salt and pepper and mix till well combined.
  6. Add the bacon, cheese, almonds and green onions.
  7. Stuff the potato shells with the mashed potato mixture, pressing the filling into the shell.
  8. Top with remaining bacon, onions, almonds and cheese.
  9. Bake at 350˚F for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese on top is bubbling and the inside is hot when a skewer is inserted.
  10. Serve with a green salad.

 

Go on – make these for your dad. It won’t be the last time you do!

Check out some other great entries over on the EarthFresh Facebook page.

Disclosure: I received a Klondike Rose potato pack which included fresh potatoes, promotional materials and a grocery store gift card to offset the costs associated with recipe development in exchange for one post and an original recipe. I was not compensated in any other way for writing this post (but if my recipe wins the contest, I might be!) and all opinions are my own.

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22 Responses to For my dad: Favourite twice-baked potatoes

  1. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen June 17, 2012 at 06:26 #

    Twice baked potatoes were a favorite in our house when we were growing up too. Today I can’t load them with the fattening things I did as a teenager. I too use yogurt and find I like it better because it’s lighter and then I don’t feel as guilty about eating a teen treat.
    Sam

  2. Suzi June 17, 2012 at 10:19 #

    I love stuffed potatoes and yours looks delicious. I like to stuff the skin with a bunch of spinach and then load the potato back in and bake again. Yum.

  3. Mr. Neil June 17, 2012 at 13:35 #

    What I likd about these, was the added texture the almonds provided.

    They also reheat next day in a microwave (ahem, lunch in the canteen at work) remarkably well.

  4. Lindsey June 17, 2012 at 17:18 #

    I’ve never made these! I don’t think I’ll have access to these potatoes but I’ll definitely apply the recipe to those that I can get my hands on! Thanks Mardi :) Hope you win!

  5. Geoff June 17, 2012 at 17:41 #

    Note from the “Dad” referred to above. These are great and, I warn you, moreish.
    Thanks Mardi… but perhaps more appropriately dedicated to mum.

  6. Paula June 17, 2012 at 17:42 #

    I love baked potatoes and often and cheese, bacon and sour cream with some chives. I really love that you used Greek yogurt with these and I can imagine the flavour and added texture the almonds gave them. Great idea…I may just skip my cheese!

  7. Food is our religion June 18, 2012 at 08:14 #

    Love baked potatoes! Can’t way to try this version out!

  8. TheJmoney June 18, 2012 at 13:25 #

    I love Twice Baked but man the hour and 1/2 wait time cooking them drives me nuts.

  9. Marina@ Picnic at Marina June 18, 2012 at 23:27 #

    I love your potatoes, one more recipe to my potato collection! :)

  10. Hester @ Alchemy in the Kitchen June 19, 2012 at 13:18 #

    Yum! Your lucky dad, getting these even if it isn’t Fathers Day locally. Gorgeous photos.

    • Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite June 19, 2012 at 15:42 #

      Well since I live in Canada and he is in Australia, this was just a “dedicated to” post. But I know my mum makes them often so he’s looked after!

  11. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction June 21, 2012 at 16:03 #

    I’ve been making a lot of twice baked potatoes lately… I will have to add these to the list. The flavors sound just perfect!

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