Monday, June 13, 2011

Recipe Monday- Paula's Twice Baked Potatoes

So, Matt and I learned how to use Priceline this weekend.  We were looking for something fun to do, and thought we'd put an absurdly low price into the box for a 3 star hotel, and ended up getting a really nice room in St. Paul.  The three of us headed out for a night that was even cheaper than we thought it was!  It was so much fun!  We swam, we ate good food, we jumped on the bed (Ellie was with us... by the way! haha!) and my favorite part... we had cable, so we could watch the Food Network!  So, we watched countless episodes of cupcake wars, thinking of Matt's youngest sister, Anna, and how she could knock them out of the water with her creations.  Then Paula Deen came on with her "Sailor Man" and made the recipe I'm putting up today.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it!  Can't wait to make it!  She made it with coffee and wine braised short ribs and onions.  Yum!!

-Deluxe Twice Baked Potato W/ Shrimp-
By Paula Deen


  • 4 (6 to 8-ounce) russet potatoes, scrubbed and pricked all over with a fork
  • Vegetable oil, to coat potatoes
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced, white and light green parts; dark green parts chopped, for garnish
  • 1 cup grated Cheddar
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Rub the potatoes with vegetable oil and put them on a baking sheet. Bake the potatoes until tender, about 1 hour.
While the potatoes are baking, cook the bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat until crisp, about 7 minutes. Transfer the slices to a paper towel-lined plate to drain, then crumble. Pour off all but 3 tablespoons of bacon grease from the skillet.
Cut the shrimp into thirds. Reheat the bacon grease over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp, Cajun seasoning, and a pinch of salt. Cook until the shrimp are opaque, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes.
When the potatoes are done, let them cool slightly (leave the oven on). Slice off the top third of each potato and carefully scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Scoop out the potato from the top third, and add that to the bowl, then discard the skin. Leave about 1/4-inch border of potato inside the skin. Mash the potato flesh with 1 teaspoon salt, the green onion, cheese, butter, sour cream, mayonnaise, and black pepper. Stuff the potato skins with the filling, mounding any extra on top. Divide the shrimp on top of the potatoes and sprinkle with the crumbled bacon. Return the potatoes to the oven on the baking sheet and bake them until heated through, about 15 minutes. Remove the potatoes from the oven, sprinkle with the reserved chopped green onions and serve.

[source: Food Network- Paula Deen

1 comment:

  1. that sounds fantastic I think I'm going to have to try this :)