Light and Crispy Twice-Baked Potatoes

©Light and Crispy Twice-Baked Potato Overhead by Dena T Bray.jpg

I hope you are enjoying the last weeks of winter! I haven’t meant to be out of touch recently.  I was not away on some exotic warm-weather holiday. Rather, I have spent the last couple weeks making some improvements here, all with the goal of making Gathering Flavors a more pleasant to visit and recipes easier to use.

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Twice Baked Potato on Cookie Sheet by Dena T Bray©

And I hope you like this week’s recipe for Light and Crispy Twice-Baked Potatoes. Stuffed potatoes were popular restaurant fare in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s, but they were often rich and heavy. Filled with creamy Greek yogurt and flavored with fresh garlic and herbs, these are much lighter than their predecessors. We ate ours with a light green salad for an immensely satisfying dinner.

I look forward to seeing you in my kitchen, gathering flavors, soon.

Dena

Twice Baked Potato with Soft Vignette by Dena T Bray©

LIGHT AND CRISPY TWICE-BAKED POTATOES

Yield: 4 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 large baking potatoes, each about the same size and shape
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ grated Gruyère cheese
  • 1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a small sheet pan with parchment paper.
  3. Rinse the potatoes, scrub off any excess dirt, and dry completely. Rub all around with ¼ cup of the olive oil. Place the potatoes on the sheet pan. Using a sharp knife, cut one or two slits on the top of each potato. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Place in the oven and bake until cooked through, about one hour. (The potatoes are done when a fork can pierce through the top easily.)
  4. Remove the potatoes from the oven but leave the oven on.
  5. When they are cool enough to handle, cut off the tops of the potatoes. Scoop the pulp into a large bowl, taking care to keep the potato shells in tact. Place the shells back on the parchment lined sheet pan.
  6. Add the remaining ¼ cup olive oil, ½ cup grated cheese, yogurt, garlic and oregano to the bowl with the potato pulp. Mash together. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mix in completely. Fill the potato shells with this mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup cheese and place in the oven.
  7. Bake until the tops are golden and the potatoes cooked through, about 30 minutes.
  8. Serve and enjoy.

Notes:

  1. You can substitute any grated, hard cheese you like. Parmesan and cheddar both work well.
  2. For a heartier dish add ½ cup cooked meat, seafood or eggs to the potato filling.
  3. Try using sweet potatoes or yams. Substitute fresh lime juice for the yogurt and add a few freshly snipped herbs instead of the dried oregano.
  4. Consider serving the potatoes with a Market Morning Salad, along with Minestrone Soup or Harvest Vegetable Stacks