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Fancy Baked Potatoes Recipe
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Fancy Baked Potatoes Recipe

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I can't count the times I've turned to this tried-and-true recipe when company is coming. The potato filling is creamy and rich tasting, plus the servings are attractive. But the best part is you can spare yourself the hassle of mashing potatoes at the last minute. —Audrey Thibodeau, Gilbert, Arizona
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/4 hours + cooling Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/4 hours + cooling Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil, optional
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained, divided
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives, divided


  1. Scrub and pierce potatoes; rub with oil if desired. Bake at 375° for 1 hour or until tender. Cool. Cut each potato in half lengthwise. Scoop out the pulp, leaving thin shells. Discard two shell halves.
  2. In a large bowl, mash pulp with butter. Stir in the milk, sour cream, salt, pepper and half of the pimientos and chives. Spoon into potato shells. Place on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 20-30 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining pimientos and chives. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Fancy Baked Potatoes in Taste of Home December/January 1999, p31

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Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"This was my first attempt at twice baked potatoes and we found them bland. Even with added butter it just was no match for a regular baked potato."

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"Very good! I sprinkled some shredded parmesan cheese on top before baking for an extra special addition!"

Reviewed Feb. 2, 2008

"These eye-appealing potatoes make diners go ooh & aah! And they taste as good as they look. This recipe makes the easiest twice-baked potatoes I've ever tried, and now I think my family would be disappointed if I made them any other way."

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