Original recipe from Australian Women's Weekly but modified over the years. My daughter Kerri has asked me to post this here. I usually take the quicker option and do the covered cooking in the microwave, covering with cling wrap. I've never heated the cream first and these days I substitute with skim evaporated milk and light cheese.
A friend brought over a pan of these, along with some meatballs & gravy, when we came home from the hospital with our second son who was born on Thanksgiving Day (1991). Since then these have become a "tradition" at our Thanksgiving feast. The great thing about these potatoes is that they can be made as much as a week ahead of time, then just need to be popped in the oven or microwave to be zapped at the last minute (while the turkey is "resting" and being carved). You can work on the gravy--and NOT worry about also mashing the spuds!!!
These twice baked potatoes are great to keep in the freezer for busy days or unexpected company! When baking potatoes are on special, I buy a 10-15 pound bag and make about 30-35 of these creamy, delicious potatoes for the freezer. A wonderful side dish with steaks, roasts, seafood, pork and meatloaf. For variety, sprinkle top of potatoes with real bacon pieces just before serving. To have a meatless lunch, I often heat one of these potatoes in the microwave or toaster oven.
If potatoes are on sale, buy a bag and make your own frozen french fries. Prep and cooking times are approximate. The true time will depend, of course, on how many fries you make and how thick you cut them.
I love good cream potatoes. I learned how to make this from my Great Aunt Minnie. She always had a bowl on the table at meals. **NOTE** When I don't have fat back meat, I use a chicken bouillon cube in the water while boiling taters. You can use regular potatoes to replace red potatoes.
This is such a delicious way to fix mashed potatoes. If you are looking for something bursting with flavor and are looking for a different way to make your mashed potatoes, give this recipe a try! Easy and delicious!