Twice-Baked Ranch Potatoes

Twice-Baked Ranch Potatoes

"In Gansevoort, New York, Janice Arnold makes the most of leftover mashed potatoes to create these creamy stuffed potatoes. 'You can enjoy two and store the other two in the freezer,' she explains. 'They warm up nicely in the microwave.'"
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  1. Scrub and pierce potatoes; place on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 18-20 minutes or until tender, turning several times. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and milk; beat in salad dressing mix. Add mashed potatoes; mix well. Cut a thin slice from the top of each potato; scoop out pulp, leaving a thin shell. Add pulp to the cream cheese mixture and mash. Spoon into potato shells. Top with cheese.
  3. Place two potatoes on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 minutes or until heated through. Place remaining potatoes on a baking sheet. Freeze overnight or until thoroughly frozen; transfer to a freezer bag. May be frozen for up to 3 months.
  4. To use frozen potatoes: Place potatoes on a microwave-safe plate. Microwave, uncovered, at 50% powder for 8-9 minutes or until heated through.

Footnotes

  • This recipe was tested with an 850-watt microwave.

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This would get five stars but for needing a few tweaks. For starters, the extra 1 1/2 cups of mashed potato is totally unnecessary, and just adds a time consuming extra step. The pulp alone is j...

Most helpful critical review

ADDING THE RANCH MIX IS A NICE TWIST. DIDN'T USE THE MASHED POTATOES, BECAUSE IT IS NOT NEEDED. ALSO ADDED CHOPPED BACON DELETED THE CREAM CHEESE, AND ADDED SOUR CREAM AND GREEN ONIONS

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This would get five stars but for needing a few tweaks. For starters, the extra 1 1/2 cups of mashed potato is totally unnecessary, and just adds a time consuming extra step. The pulp alone is j...

I thought this recipe was great! The only thing is the mashed potatoes. After removing the filling from the baked potatoes, I had a ton of filling already. There was no need to add additional ma...

Oh my. The ranch did something so wonderful to the flavor of this recipe. This came out so good.....and I didn't even have the cream cheese. I added a little more milk until it was creamy mash...

Fantastic, tangy potatoes! After reading the reviews, I opted not to use the extra mashed potatoes, and the previous reviewers were correct, there is no need. The pulp from the potatoes was mo...

Added a little whipping cream bc I had it. Also not quite a pkt of ranch, and they were very ranchy, but yummy! Also only micro'd first round, baked second.

Such a tasty recipe! The ranch dressing made all the difference!! I added green onions to the mixture which also added to the flavor.

This is a great recipe, but the additional potatoes are not necessary. I changed it up a bit, I used sour cream, green onion, chopped cooked bacon, cheddar cheese grated, mixed and stuffed - th...

Like many other reviewers, I left out the additional mashed potatoes. I also added more than a 1/4 cup of cheddar on top of the potatoes. The recipe calls for one packet of dressing mix and sa...

Used fat free cream cheese, great!

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