Yes, this was me today, a crusty old cranky cook, but only when I was informed that we are to make twice baked potatoes for a Christmas family get together. The crankiness comes from knowing that this yummy side dish is actually a pain in the biscuits to make, not to mention time consuming and a bit frustrating getting baker potatoes to cooperate. In remembering my last run in with them, I seriously doubted our ability, sanity and the potatoes' worthiness to be baked and baked again for that matter. But as my mom informed me, don't stress out, stop being cranky, don't worry about the potatoes, we are not in any hurry to get them done in an instant. That's good because these, you cannot do in an "instant", nor do they come that way. I realized after my rant that my mom and I were thinking two different ways of making these delicious potatoes. She's thinking all easy and fun, I'm thinking time consuming, stressful, mess! lol I was remembering the canoe method, where, after baking the potatoes you cut the top off making a canoe type shape (a very difficult, daunting way of making twice baked potatoes). My mom was thinking of the cut the potatoes in half lengthwise method (a total easier and faster, fun way). As you will see in the recipe below, these are not as difficult as they seem; and do not use the canoe method as it's just too much to bear. These potatoes are so delicious, our crowd at the Christmas gathering today scarfed them up so quickly, we actually ran out of them!
Today, we made enough for 12 people, the recipe below serves 4 with each serving being a half of the potato, make more or less depending on your crowds appetite and the size of the potatoes.
Easy as Pie Twice Baked Potatoes
Serves 4 Preheat Oven to 375°F