Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice Baked Potatoes

What do you request for your birthday dinner?  In our house this is a big deal.  And sometimes it gets out of hand!  Most of the time my boys and Matt will ask for the same sort of dinner:  steak and mashed potatoes or twice baked potatoes.  My younger son Dominick turned 10 and of course he requested steak and twice baked potatoes.  These twice baked potatoes are delicious and they always request extra paprika!

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  • 8 potatoes(I believe I used Yukon Gold-they are nice and creamy)
  • EVOO
  • 3/4 of a cup of Half and half
  • 3 tablespoons of salted butter, softened
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Paprika


  1. Preheat oven to bake at 400 degrees.
  2. Rinse and dry the potatoes.
  3. Rub olive oil all over the skin of the potatoes.
  4. Poke holes in the potatoes with a fork.
  5. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake in the oven until soft. About 45 minutes- 1 hour.
  6. Take out and let cool slightly so you can handle them.
  7. Slice off only a small portion of the top.
  8. Scoop out all the insides of the potatoes leaving just the skins in the pan. Put the insides in a large bowl.
  9. Add the half and half, butter, salt and pepper and mash with a potatoes mashed until smooth. (Do not use an electric mixer. They will be like glue.)
  10. Fill the potato skins with the mashed potatoes.
  11. Sprinkle with paprika.
  12. Bake on 350 degrees for another 20-30 minutes or until hot.



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I'm a stay at home mom and my life revolves around feeding my family of four. I love to cook for my husband Matt and two boys(Matthew-11 and Dominick-9). I'm not good at entertaining big crowds. That makes me nervous! I TRY and cook healthy meals, and I TRY to buy organic. Matt likes almost everything except for olives, mustard and fancy cheeses-everything I love)! So I try to find recipes without those ingredients or sneak them into the food I make and then he picks them out... And when he likes something, he has no control. Can't stop. Won't stop! But he really tries to make good choices in what he eats. In the last five years or so we both have made changes for the better in our diet. Matthew eats very little and is very picky. It's hard to watch him eat cause he's always picking! My mom get's so annoyed watching him eat! I was the same damn way as a kid. I tortured my parents by becoming a vegetarian for 7 years! I still can't eat all meat. I'm picky. Dominick loves almost everything! And when he loves it, you know it. It's all over him and the floor. Unlike Matthew. Not a single crumb.... I am 100% Italian-I think.. I grew up in Long Island and always ate really great food!!! While the other kids in school were bringing Lunchables or buying lunch, I was eating a chicken cutlet sandwich! My mom is an amazing cook. Much better than me. I have to pull recipes and follow them. She just whips stuff up in minutes and its amazing! And my dad loves all of her food, and all food in general! Except if its too healthy, like salmon.... Most of the time when he's eating his eyes are closed. He says he can taste it better that way... My sisters both live in Long Island and our conversations usually consist of food, fashion, beauty or kids. Ali is similar to my mom. She whips up delicious meals. And they are usually healthy and light. She says she doesn't eat carbs, which is a lie. Every weekend shes at the pork store picking up twisted Italian bread, sausages, and ravioli. Her eyes light up when her 2 year old Joseph eats. Her goal in life is to feed him. And she hates casseroles. Refuses to make them. Lol Jen is very busy as a dance mom with her two girls. But when she gets in the kitchen, watch out! She cooks up a storm. Her salads are the BEST ever! Usually, it's accompanied with steak and rice or fried chicken cutlets! And there are leftovers for the whole week. The goal of my blog is to share some of my family's favorite foods. I'll let you know what works out well and not so well for me when it comes to feeding the fam!

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