This post is sponsored by Hidden Valley Ranch. All of the opinions and views are my own.
Twice Baked Ranch Potato Poppers are a crowd-pleaser with light and fluffy mashed potatoes mixed with Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning and light sour cream in a potato skin topped with shredded Parmesan for the perfect bite-sized appetizer!
Twice Baked Ranch Potato Poppers
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I don’t know that I have ever met someone who doesn’t love twice baked potatoes. It is understandable why they are such a universally loved side dish. Cheesy whipped potatoes in a salty potato skin. So good!
I decided to take this classic side dish and turn it into a bite-sized appetizer that is sure to please any crowd. I opted to keep these little red skinned potatoes on the lighter side with just a dash of Parmesan cheese and light sour cream. Some Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning is the finishing touch for a nice punch of flavor!
While mashed potatoes are quite easy to make, there is one singular way you can screw them up. Mixing them too much. I learned this the hard way unfortunately. One time while I was making a batch of potatoes, I had my food processor on the counter, half cleaned from making something else and figured I may as well just make the potatoes in there instead of making more dishes… NOT a good idea.
I let the potatoes and cream blend for quite a while until I figured it must be nice and creamy at that point. I snapped off the lid of the processor excited to see a nice light whipped potato. Boy was I disappointed when what I found instead was a gooey, glue like substance. In my novice mashed potato making days, I didn’t understand that if you beat potatoes just slightly too much, the starches would release and turn them into a gooey mess.
So be wise and learn from my mistake. Mash your potatoes by hand or ever so carefully with a hand mixer, but NEVER EVER with a food processor!
- 2 lb. small baby red potatoes
- ½ c. light sour cream
- 1 Tbsp. Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning
- ⅓ c. shredded Parmesan
- optional - finely chopped cilantro or parsley
- Preheat your oven to 400°. Wash and pat dry the potatoes and place them on a lined baking sheet.
- Bake the potatoes at 400° for 30-40 minutes, or until soft. Remove the potatoes from the oven and allow to cool to touch.
- Slice each potato in half and scoop out the center of the flesh using a melon baller or small cookie scoop.
- Add the sour cream and ranch seasoning to the potatoes and mash by hand until smooth. Pipe the mixture back into the potatoes and bake at 400° for 10 min. Remove the potatoes from the oven and quickly top each one with a sprinkle of parmesan cheeese and return to the oven to bake an additional 5 min.
- Serve immediately.