Twice Baked Potato For One

This is the easiest, best tasting twice baked potato recipe! Made with one potato, this creamy, cheesy, bacon-filled twice baked potato makes a delicious meal or can be the perfect side dish.

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If you love baked potatoes, then you’re sure to love this twice baked potato recipe! A twice baked potato is the ultimate comfort food and it contains so many things we love; creamy mashed potatoes, cheese, and crispy bacon – all spooned into a little potato skin bowl.

A single twice baked potato makes the perfect meal if you’re cooking for one but can be a lovely side dish as well.

What Is A Twice Baked Potato?

A twice baked potato is as the name implies, a potato that is baked twice.

First, the potato is baked until tender. The soft insides are then scooped out and mixed with cheese and other delicious fillings.

Then, the stuffed potato is placed back in the oven to bake a second time. This last round in the oven helps to melt the cheese and crisp up the potato skin.

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Ingredients In A Twice Baked Potato

See the recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

To make one twice baked potato, you will need:

  • A russet potato
  • butter
  • sour cream
  • milk
  • garlic powder
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • shredded cheese
  • bacon

How To Make A Twice Baked Potato

Follow these easy steps to make the best twice baked potato:

Step 1

Scrub the potato under cool running water. Poke the potato in several places with the tines of a fork. Rub butter over the potato.

Cook for 50 minutes, until the potato is cooked through.

Step 2

While the potato is baking, cook the bacon.

Fry the bacon strip in a frying pan on medium-high heat for 10-12 minutes, or until crisp. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Let cool. Crumble.

(See other recipes using bacon and how to freeze bacon below)

Step 3

Once the potato has cooled, cut a thin slice off the top of the potato and discard.

Scoop out the pulp, leaving the thin shell.

Step 4

In a medium sized bowl, mash the potato pulp with the butter, sour cream, milk, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and 1/4 cup of the cheese.

Step 5

Spoon the mixture into the potato shell.

Top with remaining cheese and bake uncovered for 20 minutes, until cheese has melted.

Tips For Making The Best Twice Baked Potato

  • Russet or baking potatoes work best in this twice baked potato recipe.
  • Allow the potato to cool slightly but not get cold before mashing.
  • Do not overmix the potato filling. Overmixing causes the filling to be gummy.
  • Adjust the seasonings to your liking. Taste first and add additional salt and pepper if necessary.
  • This is a very adjustable recipe and depending on the size of the potato you use, you may end up with a little more potato. Feel free to add additional sour cream, cheese, and a splash or two of milk if you’d like. Taste the potatoes and add anything additional you feel you need to.

Can Twice Baked Potatoes Be Frozen?

Yes, twice baked potatoes freeze beautifully!

Here’s how to freeze twice baked potatoes:

  • Cool twice baked potatoes completely.
  • Place on a baking tray and freeze until solid, about 1 hour.
  • Store potato in a freezer bag or double wrap in plastic wrap.
  • Potatoes can be frozen for up to 3 months.

To bake frozen stuffed potatoes:

Unwrap and place frozen potato on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour in a 375 degree F oven.

You can also thaw the twice baked potato in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, bake in a preheated 375 degrees oven until heated through, about 20 minutes.

How Long Will A Twice Baked Potato Keep In The Refrigerator?

A twice baked potato should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap. A twice baked potato will keep in the refrigerator for about five days.

To Reheat A Twice Baked Potato

Unwrap the potato and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, until the cheese has melted and the inside of the potato is thoroughly heated.

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What To Serve With A Twice Baked Potato

A twice baked potato can be a meal in itself but it also makes a delicious side dish too. You might like to consider serving your twice baked potato with any of these recipes:

A Giant Italian Meatball

Baked Pork Chop

Baked Chicken Wings

Salisbury Steak

Turkey Cutlets

Baked Chicken Tenders

Twice Baked Potato Variations

Although this recipe is one of my favorites, this twice baked potato recipe is easily adaptable.

Consider making any of these twice baked potato recipes:

  • Blue Cheese Twice Baked Potato: Stir in 2 tablespoons of crumbled blue cheese (or more to taste) into the mashed potato mixture.
  • Chicken and Cheese Twice Baked Potato: Add 1/4 cup of shredded cooked chicken, a dash or two of hot sauce, and swap shredded monterey jack cheese for the cheddar.
  • Barbecue Stuffed Potato: Add your favorite BBQ sauce along with 1/4 cup chopped cooked chicken to the potato mixture.
  • Chili Cheese Twice Baked Potato

What To Do With Leftover Bacon

You will be using 1 strip of bacon in this twice baked potato recipe.

You can freeze bacon or use it in other recipes.

To freeze bacon:

  • You can divide bacon into single serving portions by separating each slice of bacon and rolling it into a spiral.
  • Place the rolled bacon strips on a baking or cookie sheet.
  • Put the sheet in the freezer for at least 30 minutes or until completely frozen.
  • Store the frozen bacon spirals in a freezer bag and keep them in the freezer until you are ready to use them. Because they have been individually frozen they will not stick together.

Other single serving recipes using bacon:

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Baked Stuffed Fish Fillet

Minestrone Soup

Black Eyed Peas

Cobb Salad

Crustless Quiche Lorraine

Other Single Serving Potato Recipes

Baked French Fries

Potato and Asparagus Crustless Quiche

Hash Browns

Scalloped Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

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Twice Baked Potato Recipe

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Twice Baked Potato

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: potato
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 497kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1 medium Russet potato
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons 1% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed black pepper
  • 1 slice bacon
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese plus 2 tablespoons for topping

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Scrub the potato under cool running water. Poke the potato in several places with the tines of a fork. Rub 1/2 tablespoon of the butter over the potato and place on a baking sheet. Cook for 50 minutes, until the potato is cooked through.
  • While the potato is baking, cook the bacon.
    Fry the bacon strip in a frying pan on medium-high heat for 10-12 minutes, or until crisp. Dran on a paper towel-lined plate. Let cool. Crumble.
  • Once the potato has cooled, cut a thin slice off the top of the potato and discard. Scoop out the pulp, leaving the thin shell.
  • In a medium sized bowl, mash the potato pulp with the butter, sour cream, milk, salt, garlic powder, pepper, and 1/4 cup of the cheese.
  • Spoon the mixture into the potato shell. Top with remaining cheese and bake uncovered at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 20 minutes, until cheese has melted.

Nutrition

Serving: 1potato | Calories: 497kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 1086mg | Potassium: 977mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 941IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 282mg | Iron: 2mg
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1 thought on “Twice Baked Potato For One”

  1. Yum!

    But don’t discard the slice from the top. Turn it skin side down & sprinkle a little of the seasonings & cheese on it. Then bake it alongside the potato. Watch the time on it, it may not need to bake as long.

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