Chef John's Twice-Baked Potatoes


When entertaining guests on special occasions, don't forget that you're putting on a show with the food. And, when it comes to starchy side dishes, these potatoes are a great way to express flair for the dramatic.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 20 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
4 servings


  • 4 large russet potatoes

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1 tablespoon minced green onion

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • ½ cup shredded white Cheddar cheese

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

  • 1 teaspoon paprika


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  2. Rub potatoes with vegetable oil and place on the prepared baking sheet.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a paring knife easily inserts into the center of a potato, about 1 hour. Set aside to cool until easy to handle, about 10 minutes.

  4. Cut 1/3 off each potato lengthwise. Scoop flesh from each potato to within about 1/8-inch of the skins. Transfer flesh to a bowl.

  5. Combine potato flesh with butter and green onion; stir until butter is melted evenly into potato. Add salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and cheese; stir until cheese is melted. Pour cream and egg yolk into potato mixture; mix to combine. Season with salt to taste.

  6. Place small piece of potato skin inside the bottom of each larger potato shell. Fill each potato with an equal amount of cheese mixture. Gently press the surface of the filling with a fork to create texture. Brush tops with melted butter and sprinkle with paprika.

  7. Bake stuffed potatoes until golden brown on top, 20 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

581 Calories
31g Fat
66g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 581
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 137mg 46%
Sodium 205mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Dietary Fiber 8g 30%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 74mg 368%
Calcium 176mg 14%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 1616mg 34%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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