Twice Baked Potatoes. Double Baked Potatoes. Whatever you call them, they’re one of my favorite comfort foods.
So very, very many mouthwatering adjectives could be used to describe this wonderful dish from my childhood.
Delicious, Creamy, Cheesy, Comforting, Rich…. the list goes on and on.
This is a combination of two of my favorite dishes from childhood — grilled sausage links and twice baked potatoes.
My Dad used to make these for us and every time that I make them, I’m taken back.
I love the simplicity and deliciousness of twice baked potatoes — crisp skins, fluffy, buttery, garlicky, cheesy topped potatoes that are taken to the next level by filling them with spicy sliced grilled sausage.
These are so easy to make:
Cook 6 potatoes, and slice them in half
I get the best results when I stick my knife straight down into the center of the potato and then push down from there to cut it in half.
Use a spoon to scoop out the insides of the potatoes — they don’t have to be perfect, but you do want to leave enough to create a good shell.
Put the insides of the potatoes into a mixer with 3/4 C warm milk, 1 stick butter, 2 tsp garlic salt and 1 tsp black pepper. Whip them together, don’t overmix the potatoes or they become gluey and starchy and nobody wants that! You can add more milk for creamier potatoes. Make sure that you stick a spoon into the bowl to taste the potatoes 😉 TASTE, do not devour by the giant spoonful 🙂
Once the potatoes have reached the consistency that makes you want to dive into the bowl with your fingers a spoon, add in your chopped/sliced cooked sausage.
I use 1 whole sausage link per 8 prepared potato halves
Now comes the fun part — fill your potato halves with the creamy, delicious, sausage stuffed potato mixture – feel free to lick the spatula once you’re done. Overfill the potatoes – it’s worth it.
Top the potato halves with cheese and place in the 370° F oven
Remove from the oven after 25 minutes, or when the cheese is melted and bubbly and the insides are hot
You really don’t *need* a side dish with these but, Nathan loves to eat these with saltines and sliced apples and I like them with a side salad or grilled asparagus.
- 6 medium potatoes, baked
- 1 stick, 1/2 Cup butter
- 1 sausage link, cooked
- 1/2 Tbsp garlic salt
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 2 Cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 to 3/4 Cups warm milk
- Cook the potatoes to firm, but not perfect baked potato, and set aside
- pre-heat the oven to 370° F
- Using a hot pad, hold the potato and slice each one in half length-wise. I have found that putting a sharp knife point down in the middle of the potato and cutting down from there, leaves me with the most intact potato
- Scoop out the insides, leaving enough potato in the shell so that the sides are sturdy
- Place the potato insides into a mixing bowl and the potato halves in a baking dish (6 whole potatoes for me, means 10 potato halves in the dish)
- Whip together the potato insides with the butter, garlic salt & pepper. Feel free to taste and adjust at will.
- Slowly add warm milk, up to 3/4 Cup, whipping together until the potato mixture has reached your favorite consistency, don’t hesitate to reach in and scoop out a taste or two 😉 you want to make sure they’re irresistible.
- Add in one chopped/sliced sausage link and use a wooden spoon to fold the sausage in to the potato mixture.
- stuff each potato half with the mixture and then top with cheese
- bake in the oven until the insides are hot and the cheese is all bubbly and melted and yummy
Roasted Garlic Cloves beaten in with the butter and cream is another way to take these potatoes to a whole new level of delicious.