My wonderful mother, Shirley Fried, had dinner parties when she and my father (the most amazing father in the world, Murray Fried) were a young married couple. I guess I was just too little, because I have no memory of these parties. My mother has reminisced fondly about those parties, and those days. One of the side dishes she served was baked stuffed potatoes. The potatoes are so easy to make and so elegant. I have made them many times. My kids love them. I don’t know why I don’t make them more often. Try them instead of a plain baked potato or mashed potatoes the next time you have a dinner party. Your guests will love them!
- baking potatoes, either Russet or Idaho (the size of the potato is up to you, but I usually use pretty large ones)
- butter or Fleischmann’s margarine, at room temperature (1-2 tablespoons per potato)
- a little milk (optional)
- kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wash as many potatoes as you like. Using a fork, pierce the top of the potatoes in a few places. Then bake the potatoes until they are totally baked. The time will vary, depending on how large the potatoes are, but it will be somewhere around an hour to an hour and a half.
Take the potatoes out of the oven. Using a sharp serrated knife, slice the tops off the potatoes. Make sure that your slice is no more than 1/4 inch from the top of the potato. Then using a small spoon, scoop out all of the insides of the potatoes, and put it in a mixing bowl. Add the room temperature butter or margarine, the milk, Kosher salt, a little pepper. Use a fork or a potato masher and mix together well. I use about 1 to 2 tablespoons of butter or margarine per potato. Then, using a small spoon, gently put the potato mixture back into the potatoes. The potato mixture should come up higher than the sides of the potato skin. Sprinkle paprika over the top of the potatoes.
You can prepare these in the morning for your dinner, and refrigerate them. Place them back into a preheated 350 degree oven (uncovered) for about 30 minutes to get them piping hot.