April 12, 2014

"Potatoes on the Half Shell"

I love potatoes.  I always have and always will.  My mother  called these potatoes, potatoes on the half shell.  I never even heard them called twice baked potatoes until I was a young adult.  Now I never hear anyone call them potatoes on the half shell.

She baked the potatoes and cut them in half, scooped them out, added butter, milk, salt and pepper.  She mixed the potato mixture up with a hand mixer.  She would scoop the potatoes back in the half shell and put a half slice of American Cheese on top of each of them.  She then baked them in the oven until the cheese was melted and they were warmed through.

I oftentimes don't follow a "recipe".  I just cook stuff.  It's like that with these as well.  This is how I make my potatoes on the half shell:

I wash the potatoes, prick them with a fork and bake them at 350 degrees for an hour.   I stick them with a fork to make sure they are done.  I then cut them in half, scoop them out, add butter, sour cream, milk, salt and pepper, and mix them with my stand mixer.  I spoon the filling back in the potato shells, and cover them with shredded cheese and back in the oven until the cheese has melted and potatoes are warmed through.   Sometimes I use cream cheese, and I like to add minced garlic, as well.  I will use what I have on hand.

Serve with a side of ribs to family and friends!!

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