Every Thanksgiving table is bound to have potatoes. I mean how could you not right? It’s a staple, it’s not Thanksgiving without the potatoes. Well today I made a different type of potato for you. I’m sure you will have mashed potatoes, but this one is a little fancier and the presentation will look awesome on your table.
I’ll be honest, if you have more than 10 people coming over for Thanksgiving, then maybe mashed potatoes might be a better idea for a larger crowd. This potato dish works well for a smaller group just because of the extra effort you have to put in to make ’em look pretty.
I used 4 large russet potatoes. Russet potatoes are best for this dish because they are long enough to cut the ends off and then cut in half while still holding a good size for an individual portion.
Four large potatoes will give you 8 individual servings. I baked these for 1 hour, scooped out the centers, mashed and seasoned them up, put the potato mixture back into the potato skin, and broiled them for 2-3 minutes.
Twice baked potatoes usually are topped with cheese and bacon, but my version is a little more sleek and less messy looking. The hardest part is scooping out the potato from its skin without breaking the skin. I used a knife to help carve out the center to make scooping easier.
After you have mashed the potato mixture, fill them back into their skins. You will find that you have more mashed potatoes than when you started, that’s because you added more ingredients to the potato so now you have enough to fill the potato skin till it looks nice and full.
Cut the scallions and set them aside. I cut mine on a bias or “angle” they look really pretty this way and will definitely give you points for presentation!
Once you are done stuffing the potato skins, spray a little oil on the tops and put them under the broiler. This will give the top of the potato a nice crust and a pretty golden color as well. In a typical twice baked potato, you could put cheese on it and put it under the broiler to melt, but again, my version is a little less messy 🙂 After you pull it out from under the broiler, you can then garnish it with the chopped scallion.