Twice-Baked Potatoes

Twice-Baked Potatoes

Twice-baked potatoes are the perfect combination of creamy mashed potatoes and hearty baked potatoes – the marriage of comfort food and elegance! Potatoes are an excellent source of potassium and iron, and contain a respectable amount of protein, fiber, and vitamin C as well. So dig in!

Ingredients:

  • 3 – 4 baking potatoes
  • 1/2 cup vegan sour cream, homemade or storebought *
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp soy milk
  • 2 Tbsp finely sliced green onions, green part only
  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast, or “yellow spice” **
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • freshly ground pepper to taste

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Wash baking potatoes and prick all over with a fork. Wrap each potato in foil and bake right on the oven rack, 40 – 60 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes. Take them out when they are slightly underbaked.

Unwrap potatoes. Let stand about 10 minutes. Cut a lengthwise slice off of each potato, and discard (or eat it, like I do!). Scoop pulp out of each potato into a large bowl, leaving about 1/2 inch of pulp on bottom and sides.

Mash the potato pulp with a potato masher or an electric mixer on low speed. Add vegan sour cream, green onions, yellow spice, salt, and pepper. Mix thoroughly. Add as much soymilk as needed for desired consistency. Spoon mashed potato mixture back into potato shells. Sprinkle tops of potatoes with additional yellow spice and black pepper, if desired.

Bake potatoes for an additional 20 to 25 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned. Enjoy!

* Tofutti Sour Supreme or Better Than Sour Cream are increasingly available at many supermakets and health food stores (buy the Better Than Sour Cream if you can, it does not contain hydrogenated oils). However, making your own vegan sour cream is easy! Simply place a package of Mori-Nu firm silken tofu into a food processor, add 3 Tbsp lemon juice, 1 Tbsp canola oil, 1/2 Tbsp agave nectar (or other liquid sweetener), and 1/2 tsp salt, and blend until smooth and creamy.

** “Yellow Spice” is a staple in my house! Place 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes into a coffee grinder or spice grinder, add 2 Tbsp sesame seeds, and 1/2 tsp salt. Blend to a powdery consistency. We sprinkle this on many foods, kind of as a Parmesan cheese substitute. It’s a nice way to get a little extra Vitamin B-12, and it tastes yummy!

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