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Made with butter and two kinds of cheese, these mini twice-baked potatoes topped with Creole-seasoned shrimp are an impressive appetizer.


Recipe Summary

25 mins
51 mins
5 mins
1 hr 21 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). (If using a countertop induction oven, preheat on the "Combo 3" setting).

  • Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon slices on paper towels; crumble into small pieces.

  • Toss potatoes with vegetable oil to coat; season with salt and pepper. Spread potatoes on a baking sheet.

  • Bake potatoes in the preheated oven until tender, about 30 minutes in the conventional oven and 20 minutes in the countertop induction oven. Cool potatoes until easily handled, about 5 minutes.

  • Slice off the top 1/4 of each potato lengthwise. Scoop flesh into a bowl using a melon baller or small spoon, leaving about 1/8 inch of flesh on the skin.

  • Mash melted butter and mascarpone cheese into the potato flesh in the bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until fluffy, about 30 seconds. Stir in bacon, green onions, and Cheddar cheese. Fill potato skins with potato mixture; return to the baking sheet.

  • Bake filled potatoes in the preheated oven until warmed through, about 5 minutes. Turn on the oven's broiler; broil potatoes until cheese is bubbly and browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the oven.

  • Season shrimp with Creole seasoning; transfer to a grill pan.

  • Grill shrimp over high heat until opaque, about 3 minutes. (If using a countertop induction oven, cook shrimp on the "Grill setting" until opaque, about 3 minutes.) Top each potato with 1 shrimp.

Cook's Note:

If you're using multi-colored baby potatoes, mash purple potato flesh in a separate bowl.

Nutrition Facts

287 calories; protein 13.6g; carbohydrates 20.6g; fat 16.9g; cholesterol 96mg; sodium 408.5mg. Full Nutrition