One of my family’s favorite side dishes is vegetarian twice baked potatoes. But the normal version is full of fat, cream, butter and calories.
This healthy recipe uses a Vegan spread and vegetable cheese but is still full of flavor.
You can customize your flavorings to suit your family’s tastes. The twice baked potatoes take just a little longer than normal baked potatoes.
But the flavor. Oh my, oh YES!
What is a twice baked potato?
Twice baked potatoes are a cross between a normal baked potato and a creamy potato casserole.
The potato is baked just as you normally would bake a potato, but when it is cooked, you scoop out the flesh and combine it with other ingredients.
This is when the fun starts! By adding other ingredients to the potato flesh, you get a whole new flavor profile. Many people refer to these potatoes as “loaded baked potatoes” or “stuffed baked potatoes.”
Twice baked potatoes go great with any protein choice. I like to avoid other starches when I serve these potatoes.
A tossed salad makes a great side dish option to serve with them as well. And if you add enough ingredients, the twice baked potato can be a meal in itself!
Variations on twice baked potatoes
The sky is the limit when it comes to twice baked potatoes. Just use your imagination and add some of your favorite ingredients to give the potato a whole new taste.
Note: Some of these options feature meat or fish, and are not suitable for vegans or vegetarians.
Here are a few ideas to get you started on your new baked potato taste.
Ranch style Twice baked Potatoes
Add some ranch dressing, with garlic and the potato filling. Top with vegetarian Mozzarella style cheese and bake again and then garnish with chopped green onions.
Overstuffed sour cream and chives twice baked potatoes
Want to go for the works? Combine the potato mixture with sour cream and chives and add some crumbled bacon for good measure before topping with cheddar cheese and re-baking for a few minutes. This makes a good choice for meat eaters.
The ultimate pub grub meal in itself!
Barbecue style twice baked potatoes
Add some liquid smoke, your favorite hot pepper sauce and some barbecue sauce to the filling and then top with some vegetarian or vegan cheese and cook the second time.
Instant BBQ potato time!
Seafood twice baked potatoes
Do you love the taste of seafood and potatoes together? Combine them into one side dish recipe!
Just lemon juice, fresh dill, chopped red peppers and some baby shrimp to the potato filling and top with Swiss cheese for a fresh summer time taste.
Who doesn’t love bacon twice baked potatoes?
Bacon goes with everything, they say. For a smoky taste, chop up some cooked bacon with spring onions and parsley and combine it with the potato filling.
Top with some shredded cheddar cheese and bake again until the flavors combine. A crowd pleaser for sure!
Mexican twice baked potatoes
Combine the potato flesh with some butter, salsa, sour cream, and salt and pepper. Top with Mexican cheese and bake till the cheese melts.
Olé! It’s fiesta time!
Vegetarian Loaded Baked Potatoes
Our featured baked potato recipe is simple and suitable for vegetarians or Vegans.
Just bake your potatoes first, scoop out the flesh and combine it with some chopped garlic, mushrooms, and green pepper. Stir in the Earth Balance buttery spread and place back in the potato skins.
Season with salt and pepper, top with Go Veggie Monterrey Jack cheese (or Daiya Cheese) and put back in the oven to finish.
The veggies add a load of flavor to the filling and your family will be asking you to make these twice baked potatoes again and again.
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Vegan twice baked potatoes option
Most of the ingredients in this stuffed baked potato recipe are vegan but you must take care with the type of cheese and butter you use when making a vegan stuffed baked potato. Many vegetarians eat normal cheese and butter but vegans do not.
However, there are some options you can use to make this recipe for vegans.
I used Earth Balance Buttery Spread, which is fine for vegans. This spread makes plant based cooking a breeze and has a nice buttery flavor.
There are also vegan cheeses which are 100 % animal-free and often made with soy or nuts. I like the flavor of Daiya cheese but there are other brands too:
- Follow Your Heart
- Miyoko’s Creamery
- So Delicious
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Vegetarian loaded baked potato nutritional information
The vegetarian twice baked potatoes recipe has 376 calories for each potato, 12 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber. The recipe makes a huge serving. Serves four servings if you have 1/2 potato each (at half the calories.)
Admin note: This post first appeared on the blog in March of 2013. I have updated the post to add new twice baked potato ideas a printable recipe card and a video for you to enjoy. video for you to enjoy.
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Vegetarian Twice Baked Potato
Healther version of the popular side dish which fits into a vegetarian diet
- 2 Potatoes, raw, large (3" to 4-1/4" dia.)
- 2 cloves Garlic
- 4 tablespoons of Mushrooms, fresh, chopped
- 4 tablespoons of sweet Peppers (any color is fine)
- 1 1/4 tablespoon of Earth Balance Natural Buttery Spread
- 1/4 cup Go veggie cheese, Monterrey Jack, (vegans use Daiya Cheese)
- 2 teaspoons of Salt
- 1 teaspoon of black Pepper
- Spring onions, chopped to garnish if desired
- Rinse potatoes and poke with a fork.
- Place on baking sheet and cook in oven for 45 minutes @ 450*.
- Test potatoes to make sure they are soft but not too soft.
- Make a thin slice off the top of the potatoes lengthwise and scoop out the potato flesh into a bowl. .
- Add garlic, mushrooms, green pepper, Earth Balance, and seasonings plus a little of the cheese. Combine well.
- Put the mixture back into the potato skins. Add the remainder of the cheese to the top.
- Heat for about 10 more minutes at 350 degrees.
- Serve hot.
This makes a huge side dish if you eat the whole thing. Can be a meal with salad.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 469Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 2550mgCarbohydrates: 70gFiber: 9gSugar: 5gProtein: 12g
Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.