Twice Baked Potatoes

When I was growing up, my Grandma Donna would always make twice baked potatoes for me.  They were my favorite.  So, I decided that I had better find her recipe and make some for my kids.  My version has a little twist, however.  It includes your favorite magical meat….BACON!!!!  This recipe is simple and super delicious!  Though it takes a little longer to make than a simple baked or mashed potato, it is totally worth it your time and effort.  This may even be a great recipe to try for your Thanksgiving dinner!!!


Twice Baked Potatoes

Grandma’s Twice Baked Potatoes

Baking the Potatoes

Wash and scrub 4 large russet baking potatoes.  Coat with oil and place into a preheated 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for about an hour.  This time will vary slightly based on the size of your potatoes.  Cook until a skewer or toothpick can be easily inserted into the potato.

Potatoes

Making the Filling

Remove the potatoes from the oven and let cook for a couple of minutes.  That way you can handle them.  Then cut in half lengthwise.

Cut in half lengthwise

Using a spoon, scoop out the insides into a large bowl.  Make sure to leave about 1/4 inch of potato on the skins.  This will help the potatoes keep their shapes.

Leave 1/4 inch for support

Add the butter, sour cream, cheese, milk, bacon, pepper, seasoned salt and green onion to the bowl.  Then, mash together until creamy.

Mash the potatoes

Scoop the mixture into a zip-top bag and remove the air.

Add to a zip-top bag

Then, cut a small corner off the bag and use it as a piping bag.  Fill each of the potato shells with the filling.  You can use a spoon to do this, but we have determined that using a zip-top bag is the easiest (and prettiest) way to fill the potatoes.

Fill each potato skin with the filling

Baking the Potatoes for the Second Time

At this point, you can refrigerate the potatoes for future reheating or you can put them right back into a 350 degree preheated oven for the second bake.

Twice Baked Potatoes

If you are putting them right back into the oven, cook them for 20 more minutes.  If you are reheating from the refrigerator, cook them for 45 minutes to an hour.  Cook until the internal temperature of the potato mixture is 150 degrees.

Twice-Baked Potato

Remove from the oven and serve.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Twice Baked Potatoes
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8
 
The perfect side to any meal. A classic twice baked potato.
Ingredients
Edibles
  • 4 Russet Baking Potatoes
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • ½ cup butter, (1 stick)
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and broken into bits
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 3 green onions, chopped
Hardware
  • 1 baking sheet
  • 1 zip-top bag
  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 potato masher
Instructions
Baking the Potatoes
  1. Wash and scrub 4 large russet baking potatoes. Coat with oil and place into a preheated 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for about an hour. This time will vary slightly based on the size of your potatoes. Cook until a skewer or toothpick can be easily inserted into the potato.
Making the Filling
  1. Remove the potatoes from the oven and let cook for a couple of minutes. That way you can handle them. Then cut in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the insides into a large bowl. Make sure to leave about ¼ inch of potato on the skins. This will help the potatoes keep their shapes.
  2. Add the butter, sour cream, cheese, milk, bacon, pepper, seasoned salt and green onion to the bowl. Then mash together until creamy.
  3. Scoop the mixture into a zip-top bag and remove the air.
  4. Then, cut a small corner off the bag and use it as a piping bag. Fill each of the potato shells with the filling. You can use a spoon, but we have determined that using a zip-top bag is the easiest way.
Baking the Potatoes for the Second Time
  1. At this point, you can refrigerate the potatoes for future reheating or you can put them right back into a 350 degree preheated oven for the second bake.
  2. If you are putting them right back into the oven, cook for 20 more minutes. If you are reheating from the refrigerator, cook them for 45 minutes to an hour. Cook until the internal temperature of the potato mixture is 150 degrees.
  3. Remove from the oven and serve.
 

 

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