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Twice Baked Potatoes with Smoked Cheddar & Thyme

Twice Baked Potatoes with Smoked Cheddar & Thyme. Baked potato stuffed with creamy mashed potatoes that have been infused with the flavours of roasted garlic, smoked cheddar and thyme. The perfect side dish for a decadent steak dinner.

Twice Baked Potatoes with Smoked Cheddar & Thyme on a slate serving platter with wine and candles in background

Twice Baked Potatoes with Smoked Cheddar & Thyme

These twice baked potatoes are a great example of how incredible side dishes can make an indulgent celebration meal all the more special.

One of the things that I have learned over the years of blogging at Rock Recipes is that folks really respond well to a great side dish recipe. Nobody can have too many great ideas for side dishes, they make a great meal even better.

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I like to use Russet Potatoes for this recipe for extra creamy mashed potato stuffing.

A good example would be my recipe for Creamy Bacon Parmesan Potatoes which was also inspired by a great steak dinner. Thousands of people have tried that one and it is a real favourite on our website.

I love smoked cheeses in general and I must say that the smoked cheddar works wonderfully well in this recipe. Really though, any favourite cheese that you like that melts well can be used.

Twice Baked Potatoes with Smoked Cheddar & Thyme close up image of one potato on slate serving platter

Twice Baked Potatoes with Smoked Cheddar & Thyme

Similarly you can switch to a different complimentary herb like rosemary or tarragon if you prefer. One thing’s for sure though, you’ll never make these incredible potatoes just once!

Want to pair this side dish with a great steak recipe like the one pictured below? Check out my recent recipe for Bourbon Mushroom Sauce on Grilled Rib Eye Steak.

Bourbon Mushroom Sauce on Grilled Rib Eye Steak

Bourbon Mushroom Sauce on Grilled Rib Eye Steak

Together, both these recipes make for an outstanding meal that won’t soon be forgotten.

We have more side dish inspiration including everything from baked beans & corn bread to deliciously different potato and pasta salads. Be sure to check them all out in our collection of 26 Best BBQ Side Dishes too. 

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Twice Baked Potatoes with Smoked Cheddar & Thyme on a slate serving platter with wine and candles in background
Yield: 4 servings

Twice Baked Potatoes with Smoked Cheddar & Thyme

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Twice Baked Potatoes with Smoked Cheddar & Thyme - baked potato stuffed with creamy mashed potatoes that have been infused with the flavours of roasted garlic, smoked cheddar and thyme. The perfect side dish for a decadent steak dinner.

Ingredients

  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 4 cloves roasted garlic
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or whipping cream, heated
  • 3/4 cup grated smoked cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped thyme, or 1/2 tsp dry thyme

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven too 375 degrees F.
  2. Wash the potatoes well and pierce them with a fork at several points on all sides.
  3. Place on the middle rack of the oven, unwrapped.
  4. Bake for abut 1 hour or until fork tender at the centre. Remove from the oven and allow the potatoes to cool for about 15 minutes.
  5. While you are baking the potatoes you can also roast the garlic. Take about 4 large cloves in the skins and place on a square of aluminum foil. drizzle with a little olive oil. Twist the edges of the foil together to seal the cloves in a little pouch. Bake along with the potatoes for 30-40 minutes or until the cloves are soft.
  6. Lay the potatoes flat on a baking sheet and cut the top 1/4 to 1/3 of the potato off horizontally with a sharp knife. Scrape the potato off the shin on the part you have cut off, into a mixing bowl.
  7. Using a spoon or a melon baller, Scoop out the inside of the potato into the mixing bowl, leaving about 1'2 inch of potato on all sides to form potato boats.
  8. Squeeze the garlic cloves from their skins into the potatoes and mash well.
  9. Season with salt and pepper, and add the melted butter and cream that has been heated for 15-20 seconds in the microwave. Mash until very creamy
  10. Fold in the grated cheese and chopped thyme, then spoon the mashed potato mixture back into potato boats.
  11. Drizzle the tops of the potatoes with a little extra melted butter and return to 425 degree F oven for 10 - 15 min until the tops brown slightly and serve.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

serving

Amount Per Serving Calories 411Saturated Fat 15gCholesterol 73mgSodium 249mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 10g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.


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