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Twice-Baked Cheddar Potato Casserole

Bacon, cheddar and sour cream turn ordinary potatoes into an extraordinary twice baked potato casserole. It's one of our family's beloved standards for the holidays. —Kyle Cox, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 70 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 8 medium baking potatoes (about 8 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 10 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled, divided
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4 green onions, chopped, divided

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425°. Scrub potatoes; pierce several times with a fork. Bake until tender, 45-60 minutes. Remove from oven; reduce oven setting to 350°.
  • When potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut each potato lengthwise in half. Scoop out pulp and place in a large bowl; discard shells. Mash pulp with butter; stir in sour cream, milk, salt and pepper.
  • Reserve 1/4 cup crumbled bacon for topping. Gently fold remaining bacon, 1 cup cheese and half the green onions into potato mixture (do not overmix).
  • Transfer to a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Top with the remaining cheese and green onions; sprinkle with reserved bacon. Bake until heated through and cheese is melted, 15-20 minutes.

Twice-Baked Potato Casserole Tips

What's the quickest way to peel raw potatoes?

The quickest way to peel raw potatoes is to boil them first before peeling. To start, using a knife, make a score line through the skin around the center of each potato. Place your potatoes in boiling water and let them boil until cooked. Place the potatoes in cold water until cool enough to handle, then simply slide the skin off with your fingers.

Can you overbake potatoes?

Yes, you can overbake potatoes! You'll know if they've baked too long if the skin gets wrinkly, the bottoms are charred and the insides appear gummy. Perfectly baked potatoes usually have an interior temperature of somewhere between 205 and 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

What can I make with leftover potatoes and potato skins?

Because potatoes are so versatile, there are nearly countless ways to use up leftover potatoes and potato skins! From russet potato recipes to red potato recipes, Taste of Home has so many to choose from. Check out some of our favorite creative ways to cook with potatoes, and if you've already mashed your potatoes, here are even more ways to use leftover mashed potatoes. Research contributed by Rachel Seis, Taste of Home Senior Editor
Nutrition Facts
2/3 cup: 301 calories, 19g fat (11g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 517mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 10g protein.