Do you have a hard time answering the question, “what’s your favorite food?” I do. It changes by the day. It changes by the time of day.
But, if I really had to think hard and commit to an answer, it would, most likely, be mashed potatoes. I love mashed potatoes.
Like…I love them.
My Mom made us mashed potatoes almost every Saturday night throughout my entire childhood, and I never, ever got tired of them. Actually, I still request them every time I’m home.
And, twice-baked potatoes were such a treat. A baked potato and mashed potatoes all in one? Yes, please! For whatever reason, they tended to show themselves only on birthdays and other occasions for specially-requested foods. So, they still feel like a treat to me. Traditional twice-bakeds are wonderful, and I’ve started playing with different flavor combinations to ramp them up a bit. Twice-baked potatoes meet spinach and artichoke dip… Yes, I think so.
- 3 large baking potatoes
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (9 oz.) bag fresh spinach, roughly chopped
- 3 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
- 2 T. butter, melted
- ¼ cup sour cream
- 4 oz. fontina, grated
- ¾ tsp. salt
- 1 (6.5-oz.) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
- ¼ cup shredded parmesan
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Pierce clean potatoes with a fork multiple times. Place directly on the oven rack and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until they’re cooked through and the inside is soft. Let cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the spinach and season with salt and pepper. Stir to coat with the olive oil and let cook until spinach is wilted, about 7-8 minutes. Let cool and then push against a mesh strainer to squeeze out the excess liquid.
- When potatoes are cool enough to touch, slice each in half lengthwise and scoop the flesh (leaving enough of a border that the potato halves hold their shape) into a large mixing bowl. Brush the inside of each emptied potato half with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set on a baking sheet.
- Add cream cheese, butter, sour cream, ¾ of the fontina, and the ¾ tsp. salt to the potatoes. Mix with a hand mixer until completely smooth. Fold in the spinach and chopped artichokes. Scoop even portions of the potato mixture into the empty potato halves. Sprinkle the tops with shredded parmesan and the remaining fontina.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes until cheese is melted and potatoes are heated through.