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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


  • 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


  • 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.


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  • Deidra
    Oct 27, 2020

    No comment left

  • Dianna
    Oct 15, 2020

    If you are not stuffing it back into the potato shell you might as well save a lot of time and just boil and mash them then continue on with the recipe.

  • mrscessna
    Sep 7, 2020

    Great potato dish! I quarter and boil the potatoes with the skin on. Add the other ingredients and then bake. It saves alot of time.

  • hunybun
    Jul 17, 2019

    VickiStein - if you read the directions - first thing is to SCRUB the potatoes, so no peeling there - then once baked you scoop out the potato pulp and discard the shell (skin). If you've ever had potato skins, this would be the something only you're not keep the shell (skin), your baking the potato pulp in a dish, hope that helps :)

  • Melissa
    Jul 16, 2019

    My family and I served this at a BBQ, and everyone loved it! At my mom's suggestion, I included ranch dressing mix as well - really added a burst of flavor! I also included a bit more salt than the recipe called for.

  • Nicole
    Jun 28, 2019

    Absolutely delicious! Served for Thanksgiving and family loved it!

  • VickiStein
    Jun 26, 2019

    I'm confused about this recipe. Nowhere does it say to peel the potatoes. Why in the tips does it recommend peeling the potatoes?

  • Brenda
    Apr 26, 2019

    Is that 8 medium potatoes or 16 medium potatoes?

  • Gramma Amy
    Jan 31, 2019

    We really liked this potato casserole. I made it ahead of time, stored in the refrigerator, and baked it at 350 for about 40 minutes.

  • choney2
    Dec 25, 2018

    This recipe is great for the holidays! It takes a little bit of work up front, but can be prepared in advance and reheated later. Excellent recipe- great combination of flavors.