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Twice Baked Potatoes

Wrap these warming, cheesy potatoes in greasproof to keep warm.

  • Preparation Time25 mins
  • Cooking Time100 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
4 medium russet potatoes, about 170g ounces each
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
Sea salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 leeks, (white and light green parts), halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
Freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons freshly chopped thyme
115g low-fat chive and onion cream cheese
120ml skimmed milk
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, plus extra for garnish

Preheat the oven to 190°C. Rub the potatoes with the oil and season generously with kosher salt. Place on a baking sheet and bake until the potatoes are very tender on the inside and crisp on the outside, about 1 hour, 15 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the butter in a large nonstick frying pan set over medium heat. Add the leeks and season with salt and pepper, cook until soft, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Cool slightly.

Cut lengthwise, opening down the center of each potato, stopping about 1-inch from each end. Scoop out the insides into a large bowl, keeping about 1/4-inch shell of potato next to the skin.

Add the leek mixture, cream cheese and milk to the potato and mash well with a fork until combined but slightly chunky. Stir in the chopped parsley. Spoon the filling back into the potato shells, for each potato and place back on the baking sheet. Bake until heated through and the tops are lightly browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Garnish with extra parsley.

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