Cedar Plank Jalapeno Popper Twice Baked Potatoes

I never met a baked potato I didn’t like. It started as a kid, going to a steakhouse with my parents. Ordering a loaded baked potato was like a right of passage. As important as the steak, the potato was always something I remembered. Now, I make all sorts of variations on the classic, like these cedar plank jalapeno popper twice baked potatoes. Yep, saying them is a mouthful. And yep, I devoured mine by the mouthful too. Packed with all sorts of great flavor, a great kick, and creamy potato goodness, these potatoes give classic bakers a run for their money. The cedar planks add just a hint of cedar aroma, making these quite different than if you’d just baked them in the oven.

Cedar Plank Jalapeno Popper Twice Baked Potatoes

They’re Not Too Spicy

If you’re afraid of the spiciness from the jalapeno, you can omit them and still have fantastic potatoes. But, I have found that cooked jalapenos tend to be less spicy, adding a wonderful pepper flavor without a lot of heat to these cedar plank jalapeno popper twice baked potatoes. You can substitute poblano but you’re going to have a hard time explaining your cedar plank poblano popper twice baked potatoes!

Also try my cedar planked Hasselback potatoes.

Cedar Plank Jalapeno Popper Twice Baked Potatoes
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Cedar Plank Jalapeno Popper Twice Baked Potatoes

I never met a baked potato I didn’t like. It started as a kid, going to a steakhouse with my parents. Ordering a loaded baked potato was like a right of passage.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword cedar plank, jalapeno popper, potatoes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 715kcal

Ingredients

For the potatoes

For the filling

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese shredded , divided
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 3 tablespoons Ranch dressing mix or 1 ounce packet of store-bought
  • 4 medium jalapeno peppers seeded, diced, divided
  • 4 slices bacon cooked, crumbled, divided
  • 2 tablespoons green onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoons ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Rinse and dry the potatoes. Poke each several times with a knife. Pour a little oil on each potato and coat on all sides. Sprinkle liberally with the salt.
  • Cook potatoes for 1 hour or until tender. Remove and let cool enough to handle.
  • Meanwhile, soak a large cedar plank in water for later use.
  • Lay the potatoes on their sides. Cut a slice off the top of the potato.
  • Using a spoon, carve out the center of the potatoes, transferring the potato insides to a large bowl. Transfer the now-hollow potatoes to a baking sheet.
  • Add the filling ingredients to the potato, reserving 1/2 cup of the cheddar and enough of the diced jalapeno and bacon for topping later. Mix well.
  • Transfer the potato filling to the hollow potatoes. Top with remaining cheddar and bacon.
  • Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking.
  • Remove the plank from the water and place over the direct heat. Char slightly on one side, flip and lightly char the other side.
  • Add the potatoes to the plank and move to indirect (350 – 400 F) heat.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Sprinkle with reserved jalapenos and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 715kcal | Carbohydrates: 75g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 2190mg | Potassium: 1718mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1281IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 429mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Twice Baked Planked Potatoes

Wow. These twice baked planked potatoes were absolutely amazing. The mashed potato recipe is fantastic by itself (I’ll make them for Thanksgiving!). The added step of then baking them on a cedar plank on the grill adds a subtle yet unbelievably good flavor. The outsides get the slightest crust, the insides stay incredibly light and fluffy and moist. These are the best potatoes… ever!

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I went light on the char on my cedar plank the first time I made twice baked planked potatoes. I really wanted the potatoes to be the star of the show, and they were. You can char the plank more before adding the potatoes if you want a stronger cedar flavor and aroma. You can also use a different wood, such as hickory for a completely different taste experience.

This recipe is based on a recipe from Mike Lang.

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Twice Baked Planked Potatoes

I went light on the char on my cedar plank the first time I made twice baked planked potatoes. I really wanted the potatoes to be the star of the show, and they were.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Keyword cedar plank, potatoes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 1018kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 medium russet potatoes
  • ½ cup butter
  • cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary minced, or substitute 1 teaspoon dried
  • cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 green onion sliced

Instructions

  • Fill a medium pot fitted with a steaming basket with a few inches of water. Place over high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Scrub the potatoes and chop into 1/2" cubes, leaving the skin on if desired. Transfer to the steaming pot and cover.
  • Steam the potatoes for 10-15 minutes or until tender when poked with a fork.
  • Drain the potatoes in a colander. Empty the water from the pot and wipe dry. Return to the stove but turn off the burner.
  • Add the butter to the pot and let it start softening. Then add the potatoes.
  • Use a potato masher to mash the potatoes while adding the milk. Don't add all of the milk unless you need it. Add just enough to get them the consistency you are looking for. A thicker mashed potato will stay on the cedar plank. A thinner mashed potato will have a tendency to run off the plank, so aim for a thicker version.
  • Stir in the sour cream, garlic and rosemary.
  • Fire up your grill for indirect cooking at 350 F. Note: If you prefer, char the plank over direct heat first.
  • Mound the potatoes onto the plank and add the cheese and green onion. Grill for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the potatoes are hot.
  • Note: If you are using refrigerated potatoes, heat them for 10 minutes on the plank without the cheese and green onion first. Then, add the cheese and onion and heat another 20 minutes.

Notes

I found these potatoes to be best when made the day before. Then, the next stay, just spoon them onto the plank, add the cheese and onion, and heat on the grill.

Nutrition

Calories: 1018kcal | Carbohydrates: 170g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 461mg | Potassium: 3989mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1103IU | Vitamin C: 55mg | Calcium: 676mg | Iron: 8mg

Nutritional values are approximate.