Twice Baked Potatoes on black plate

Twice Baked Potatoes

A lightened up version of Emeril Lagasse's restaurant Overstuffed Twice Baked Potatoes.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword comfort food, decadent, easy, restaurant recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 521kcal
Author Marissa Stevens


  • 3 large baking potatoes about 1 pound each, scrubbed and dried
  • olive oil for coating the skins
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons butter ideally at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese divided
  • 1/2 cup sour cream plus more for topping (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives plus more for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400˚F.
  • Rub potatoes all over with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet and bake until tender, 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes. Let sit until cool enough to handle.
  • Peel one of the potatoes completely and add pulp to a large bowl. Carefully cut remaining two potatoes in half lengthwise; scoop out pulp, leaving about 1/4-inch of pulp in the skin for structure, and add to bowl. Transfer hollowed out potato halves to baking sheet.
  • Add butter, salt and pepper to potato pulp; mash until smooth with a handheld masher. Add about 4 ounces of the cheese, sour cream and chives and mash until smooth. Spoon potato mixture into potato halves; sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake until filling is heated through and cheese is melted, about 20 minutes. Serve hot topped with more sour cream and chives if desired.



  1. Emeril includes bacon in his version. If you'd like to do the same, cook up a couple of slices until crisp. Crumble and add along with the cheese etc.
  2. Note that total time does not include the potatoes sitting until they're cool enough to handle. 


Calories: 521kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 957mg | Potassium: 1236mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 935IU | Vitamin C: 16.9mg | Calcium: 377mg | Iron: 2.7mg