Grapevine Twice-Baked Potato

Grapevine Twice-Baked Potato

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Grapevine Twice-Baked Potato
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One of the college restaurants in College Station where you wanted to take a girlfriend was The Grapevine. It was definitely a chick joint that served simple sandwiches, salads and sangria. But the star of the show was their twice baked potato. Theirs didn’t include cheddar cheese or sharp tasting cheeses but instead some variation of smooth and creamy cheeses. It had little bits of bacon scattered throughout. They served one half of their potato with a sandwich or salad.

The other day The Grapevine came up in conversation and it got me thinking about that baked potato. I knew one of the cheeses might be swiss and the other a muenster or gouda. I went with muenster this go round and it turned out really delicious and certainly a nod to The Grapevine twice baked potato.

For my simple sandwich I picked ham with Duke’s Mayo and a little white horseradish cheddar on a thin delicate white bread. Small little sandwiches like this remind me of a picnic, school lunch or even grandma. You can just imagine it wrapped in wax paper. A perfect little sandwich.

Ingredients
2 Potatoes
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup butter
Homemade bacon bits
1 oz Swiss cheese
2 oz Munster

Directions:
1. Wash the potatoes and poke them with an ice pick. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Cover the potatoes with olive oil and then salt and pepper. Roast them in the oven for about 40-50 minutes until they are tender. Do not cover these with foil.

2. I went ahead and put the bacon also in the same oven to roast until crispy. Typically I like to do this at 300 degrees but wanted to take advantage of the oven while it was on.

3. When the potatoes are tender. Remove and let them rest until you can handle them. Scoop out the inside of the potato and mix it with the rest of your ingredients until well combined. Spoon them back into the potato shells and top with cheese and put them back into the oven (turned down to 350 degrees) and cook until the cheese is melted.
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12 thoughts on “Grapevine Twice-Baked Potato”

  1. My roommate at A&M worked at the Grapevine. She would never share the recipe, and maybe didn’t know the whole thing, but she said it had munster & provolone cheeses. I’m going to try that with your recipe. They were so good! Thanks for posting your re-creation.

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      1. I worked at The Grapevine while an undergrad at A&M. I made many twice-baked potatoes. The cheeses were muenster, provolone, cheddar and swiss… as far as I remember.

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  2. I worked at The Grapevine for four years while attending A&M and surely made thousands of TBPs! We only used two cheeses, Swiss and Muenster. We would put the Muenster in the freezer for about 30 minutes before putting it in the large chopper we used to dice it up. It’s too soft of a cheese otherwise and would stick to the blades. Swiss is a harder cheese, so it was no problem right out of the fridge.

    I still make these potatoes at holidays although I no longer go to the trouble to scoop and refill the skins. I use all of the same ingredients but call it a loaded mash casserole. That also works best when you don’t know how many people to expect.

    If you are still filling the skins, it’s best to use a convection oven as it circulated air and makes the skin crispier than a traditional oven.

    Such fond memories of that place! I also make the quiche recipe I learned there along with a few other items.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing the details! I am a ’94 grad and have even called the BCS Eagle newspaper trying to get the twice baked potato recipe. I’m also on the search for the house 1000 island dressing recipe if anyone has it – I miss that giant chef salad they used to have!

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  3. I worked there in 1976, 1977
    The cheese was gruyere cheese. We wrapped all the potatoes in tin foil and then baked them.
    Scooped out potatoe and added scour cream and butter. Mixed. Added gruyere cheese and a few bacon bits on top. Wrapped each 1/2 in plastic wrap and put in refrigerator. Heated up in microwave. Enjoy

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I moved to CS in 1982 and went to the Grapevine for the first time in 1983. Their twice baked potatoes were the best! I also enjoyed the meat, cheese, and fruit plate, and their sangria was delicious.

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