Recipe Box, Ode to the Potato & Secret Ingredient Twice Baked Potatoes

When you think about all things Irish  🍀  and St. Patrick’s Day,

one of the first foods that comes to mind is the good old  PO-TA-TO!

Such a humble vegetable, that has endless possibilities…

You can mash them   Slow Cooker Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes

oniony mashed potatoes

You can fry them  Steak House Fries with Garlic and Parsley

steak house potatoes,

You can “scallop” them         Slow Cooker Cheddar Scalloped Potatoes

scalloped potatoes thepaintedapron,com

You can “hassleback” them    Hassleback Potatoes with Rosemary

hassleback potatoes

You can bake them in a casserole    Pantry Potatoes

pantry potatoes

or make them “Au Gratin” style               Sweet & Russet Potato Gratin

potato gratin

You can roast them          Perfect Roasted Potatoes

roasted potatoes

You can even smash them!     Smashed Potatoes with Rosemary Salt


You can stuff them for appetizers or a side dish    Vegetable Soufflé Stuffed Potatoes

spinach soufflé potatoes

Or a game day snack          Loaded Potato Skin Fries

loaded fries

And roll cooked potato into balls and fry them          Panko Potato Balls

mashed potato balls

Or slice them into chips           No Guilt Microwave Potato Chips


You can “spiralize” them          Light & Crispy Fries

spiral fries

You can “waffle” them         Baked Waffle Fries with Sour Cream & Onion


And top them with broccoli and cheese         Broccoli and Cheese Smothered Potato Boats

crispy potato boat filled with broccoli and cheese

Or fill them for a main dish         Potato Pigs

Potato Pig

You can make them savory      Rosemary Parmesan Sweet Potato Boats

parmesan rosemary sweet potato boats

Or sweet       Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes with Pecans

twice baked sweet potatoes

Or bake them in a pie         Creamy Chive Potato Pie

creamy chive potato pie 3

You can use them in a breakfast casserole         Christmas Confetti Potato Tart

Christmas confetti quiche

Or make a creamy soup        Easy Crock Pot Potato Soup

potato soup & reubens

Use them in a salad           Roasted Sweet Potato Spinach Salad with Maple Bacon

sweet potato salad

AND …… drum roll please…  

Of course, you can twice bake them!


My daughter made these easy peasy twice baked potatoes.  She loves to cook too, but with a career, a soon to be 3 year old, and Baby Boy on the move, she has precious little time


We were so thrilled when she made these potatoes for us recently

stuffed potatoes

I thought they were totally brilliant and worth sharing with you…

salad dressing stuffed potatoes

Her secret ingredient is creamy salad dressing

salad dressing

You might not always have sour cream or yogurt in your refrigerator, but if you have butter and a bottle of creamy salad dressing you’re all set!

bleu cheese dressing potatoes

She used bleu cheese dressing, but you can use ranch or creamy Italian

stuffed potatoes

Add some garlic powder, chopped green onion and grated cheese too if you like

salad dressing potatoes

Prepare them early in the day and then bake right before serving.  You can freeze them after baking too


Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Baked Potato time 1 hour
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1/2 or 1 baking potato per person
  • Creamy Bleu Cheese Ranch or Italian Dressing
  • 1 T butter per potato
  • chopped chives optional
  • grated cheese optional


  • Wash potatoes and prick with a fork. Bake at 425 for 1 hour or until soft throughout. Let cool a few minutes for easier handling. Cut potatoes in 1/2 or cut a small slice off tops.
  • Carefully Scoop out the potato from the skin, being careful not to damage the skin. Mash cooked potatoes with butter until melted, and add enough salad dressing to get a creamy consistency. Season potato mixture with salt and pepper, onions, and grated cheese if desired, and mix. Spoon potato mixture back into shells and bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes until heated through.


Potatoes can be prepared in advance and refrigerated until final baking.
Can be frozen
Keyword baked potato, do ahead, salad dressing, secret ingredient potatoes, twice baked potato
salad dressing stuffed potatoes

There is nothing better than potatoes!  What is your favorite way to cook them?


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21 Responses to “Recipe Box, Ode to the Potato & Secret Ingredient Twice Baked Potatoes”
  1. Jodi says:

    Yum! I love potatoes ANY way! 👍😝

  2. Mary says:

    Potatoes are my favorite food group Jenna! Your daughter’s twice baked version has to be delicious with the addition of the dressing!

  3. Liz Mackie says:

    Thank you for all the nice potato recipes and have  great week.

  4. Emily says:

    We love potatoes here and you have covered potato territory! Love you daughter’s recipe, great idea using salad dressing. They look delicious……..

  5. What a little cutie (the kid, not the food)! I ‘ll bet he is into everything. Your daughter’s potatoes look heavenly. I remember doing something like that many years ago when I was first learning to cook. I probably stopped because it was a lot of trouble. This way sounds much easier!

  6. I hope your St. Patty’s Day is delicious! I know it will be if you serve any of these potatoes!

  7. Lynn says:

    Love your round up! Now I’m craving loaded potato skins… and football:@) Twice baked potatoes are always a fav of mine too!

  8. Potatoes are my favorite – never met a potato I didn’t like! I am loving all of these recipes!

  9. Marigene says:

    Potatoes have to be the most versatile and delicious of all vegetables…I couldn’t imagine giving up potatoes for any reason.
    Your daughter’s version of baked potatoes sounds delicious…Lite House Bleu Cheese is the best.
    I see mischief in those beautiful blue eyes of your little grandson!

  10. Maggie says:

    Loving all the potato recipes! I think my tribe thrives on them. I just made some that were twice baked shepherd pie potatoes. I am going to have to try these now.

  11. I know where to come from now on for potato inspiration!

  12. mrsben says:

    Potatoes are definitely one of my favourite veggies and as you point out, so versatile. That said; thank you for idea of using salad dressing. I often microwave them first and know some would call that cheating but it does speed up the process and no one has ever noticed the difference … ☺. -Brenda-

  13. Kitty says:

    Thanks for all the potato inspiration, Jenna, and your daughter’s version sounds easy peasy!! That little cutie patootie stole my heart….adorable!!

  14. JESS44903 says:

    These sound completely amazing!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  15. Jenna, wow I love potatoes and all this inspiration is demanding something potato tonight! Your daughter’s salad dressing recipe sounds so good, so maybe tonight!!!

  16. Julie says:

    Wow Jenna, I love the way those stuffed potatoes look and I bet are yummy.
    TFS the recipe with us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

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