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Here's an easy Twice Baked Potato Recipe. 

 

Twice Baked Potato Recipe

Here's a classic Twice Baked Potato recipe from Idaho.

 

INGREDIENTS:

4 large Idaho russet potatoes

3 ounces softened cream cheese

1 teaspoon minced fresh chives

3 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 tablespoons sour cream

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

dash paprika


 


DIRECTIONS:

Scrub and rinse potatoes well.

Grease lightly with butter or oil, and pierce with a fork two or three times.

Bake in a 400° oven for about 1 hour.

Remove potatoes from oven.

When cool enough to handle, split potatoes lengthwise and carefully scoop out potato into a bowl, leaving the skins intact.

Add remaining ingredients, except egg, and beat well.

Add egg and beat until smooth.

Refill potato skins.

Sprinkle with additional cheese, chives and paprika, if desired.

Bake at 375° until lightly browned on top.

 

MAKES 4 SERVINGS 

 

 


Potato Facts

The potato was discovered in the Andes of Bolivia and Peru, by. Spanish conquistadors in 1537.

Peru's Inca Indians first cultivated the potato around 200 B.C.

The world's only Potato Museum is located in Washington D.C. It displays more than 2,000 potato-related artifacts.

The potato chip was invented in 1853 and has been America's number one snack food for more than 50 years.

During the 18th century, potatoes were served as a dessert, hot and salted, in a napkin.

Thomas Jefferson introduced French fries to America when he served them at a White House dinner.

According to ancient folklore, a peeled potato carried in the pocket would cure a toothache and a dried potato worn around the neck would help rheumatism. It was also believed that warts could be cured by rubbing them with raw potato.

Potatoes are the world's fourth largest food staple. The first three are wheat, corn and rice.

The Mr. Potato Head doll was born in 1952, and Mrs. Potato Head the following year. According to Playskool, Inc., the couple honeymooned in Boise, Idaho and have 12 children.

It takes 10,000 pounds of potatoes to make 3,500 pounds of potato chips.

North Dakota produces over 2.7 billion pounds of potatoes annually, while Minnesota yields 2.3 billion pounds.

The states of Idaho and Washington produce nearly half of America's potato crop.



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