There is nothing quite like a crispy, hot potato to fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied. Whether it is as an accompaniment to the main course or as part of a meal in its own right, the humble spud is one of the most versatile root vegetables. Consequently, there are also many different ways that you can serve your twice-baked potato. They are also extremely simple to make at home – even if you tend to shy away from cooking. The trick with preparing twice-baked potatoes is how you choose to rewarm them after they have been initially cooked and scooped out. So read on for some fantastic tips on how to reheat twice-baked potatoes.
How To Reheat Twice-Baked Potato
The microwave is one of the most popular ways of reheating twice-baked potatoes. This is because it is quick, easy, and convenient. All you need to do is place your potato on a plate and heat it in the microwave on high for about 2 minutes. If you are concerned about your potato drying out, then you can wrap a damp cloth around it before heating. This will help prevent moisture from escaping during the cooking process.
The oven is another popular way to reheat twice-baked potatoes, as it allows you to keep them warm without drying them out. To do so, preheat your oven to around 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit). Place your twice-baked potato on a baking tray and place it in the oven for around 10 – 15 minutes or until they are hot throughout. You will need to keep an eye on them though, as they could dry out quite quickly if left unattended! Once they have been heated, you can add some toppings, such as butter and cheese, to them. Serve immediately.
A good way to reheat twice-baked potatoes is to place them under a hot grill for a few minutes. This will help to warm them up quickly and evenly, without drying them out too much. It also allows you to serve your potato with a crispy skin – which can be hard to achieve otherwise! To grill your potato, preheat the grill on high for about 5 minutes before placing your twice-baked potato on it directly. Leave for around 3 – 4 minutes or until the skin is crispy and golden brown in color before serving with any desired toppings.
If you want to keep your twice-baked potatoes warm for longer, then you can wrap them in tin foil and leave them in a warm place for about an hour. This is a great option if you are going to be away from home for a while, but want to keep your twice-baked potato warm until it is ready to be served. To do this, simply wrap the potato in tin foil and place it in an oven that has been preheated to around 150 degrees Celsius (300 degrees Fahrenheit) for about half an hour or so. You will need to check on the potato every now and again though, as it could dry out if left unattended for too long.
5. Reheating in the Microwave
If you do not have time to reheat your twice-baked potato in any other way, then you can simply pop it into the microwave and heat it on high for just a few minutes. This will allow you to warm it up quickly and easily, without drying it out too much. It is also a good option if you want to serve your potato with crispy skin – as this will only be possible if you use the microwave! To reheat your twice-baked potato using the microwave, place it on a plate and cook on high for 1 – 2 minutes or until heated throughout. Serve immediately.
6. Reheating in the Oven
If you do not have access to an oven, then you can still reheat your twice-baked potato without one! You will need to wrap it in tin foil and place it in a saucepan filled with water to heat up. The tin foil will act as a holder for the potato, allowing you to submerge it into the water easily. To do so, take some tin foil and place your twice-baked potato at one end of it before rolling up the other end of the tin foil around itself as tightly as possible. Place this into a saucepan of boiling water and leave for around 15 minutes or until warm throughout before serving with any desired toppings.
How To Reheat A Baked Potato In The Oven
- Place the potato in a small ovenproof dish and add enough boiling water to cover the potato.
- Cover with a lid and cook in an oven preheated to 150°C (fan) for 20 minutes until tender enough to scoop out easily. Be careful not to overcook it or the potato will be soggy when you reheat it again.
- Scoop out the cooked spud with a slotted spoon and place it in a bowl of iced water for 5 minutes to stop any further cooking, so that it is nice and cold when you reheat it again.
- Remove from the iced water and pat dry with kitchen paper before serving immediately or storing until ready to eat again later on in the day or overnight (this will depend on how hungry you are).
- The potato will keep for up to three days in the fridge.
Microwave To Reheat Twice-Baked Potatoes
- Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F, gas mark 6).
- Cut your potatoes in half lengthways and scrape out the flesh. Place in a small bowl and mash to a smooth consistency with a potato masher or fork. This should just be enough to stop the potatoes from crumbling when you scoop them out of the casserole dish to serve. If you prefer your potatoes on the thicker side then add another teaspoon of milk when mashing them up.
- Spoon half of the mashed potato into an ovenproof dish, leaving some room at the top for topping up any leftover potato clumps that have been scooped out when serving. Make sure that you add enough mashed potato so that there is only about 1cm (½in) left at the top of your dish – this will ensure that your twice-baked potatoes do not fall apart during reheating in step 4.
- Top up with any remaining mashed potato and then bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before scooping out the cooked potato clumps with a spoon and placing them on top of the mashed potato in your dish. Leave them to cool while you reheat the potatoes in step 6.
- Return to the oven and bake for a further 20 minutes, or until your twice-baked potatoes are hot through and crispy on top. If you prefer more melted cheese on top of your twice-baked potatoes, then add a little extra milk to your dish before topping up with your mashed potato mixture.
Toaster Oven To Reheat Twice-Baked Potatoes
- Preheat your toaster oven to its highest setting and put a tray inside before you start.
- Use a fork to puncture the top of each potato and then drizzle olive oil over the top.
- Microwave for 4 minutes or until the potatoes are soft enough to bite into easily.
- Remove from the oven and leave them in the tray for 5 minutes before serving.
Reheating In The Frypan
- Preheat the oven to 200°C (Gas Mark 6).
- Place the potatoes in a roasting dish or an ovenproof dish.
- Put a layer of tin foil on top of the potatoes and drizzle with oil.
- Bake for 30–45 minutes until cooked through and golden brown on top.
- Remove from the oven and unwrap the foil, then leave to cool for about 10 minutes before serving.
- Serve with a topping of your choices such as butter, sour cream, cheese, bacon, and chives.
There are many different ways that you can reheat twice-baked potatoes. If you are in a hurry, then you could pop them in the microwave. However, if you have a little more time on your hands, then you could use the oven. Alternatively, you could also reheat your potatoes in a frying pan. Whatever method you choose, remember to prick the potatoes with a fork before serving them – as this will help stop them from exploding.