Time-to-Spare Spuds Recipe

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Reports Dorothy Bateman of Carver, Massachusetts, "These creamy pre-filled potato shells can be quickly thawed, then baked as a side dish to go with a steak or any meat."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 6 large potatoes
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Additional butter

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 239 calories, 8g fat (6g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 297mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. Scrub and pierce potatoes. Bake at 375° for 1 hour or until tender. When cool enough to handle, cut a thin slice off the top of each potato and discard. Cut each potato in half lengthwise. Scoop out the pulp, leaving a thin shell.
  2. In a large bowl, mash pulp until smooth. Stir in the sour cream, cheese, onion, milk, butter, parsley and salt. Spoon into potato shells.; brush with butter. Cover and refrigerate.
  3. Wrap shells individually in plastic wrap; place in freezer containers. Freeze. May be frozen for up to 1 month.
  4. To use potato shells; Thaw in the refrigerator. Place in an ungreased shallow baking dish. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20-25 minutes or until golden and heated through. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Time-to-Spare Spuds in Quick Cooking May/June 1998, p21

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