Twice Baked Potatoes

My husband grew up in Idaho and as such has eaten his fair share of potatoes. Their high school mascot was even a potato! This over abundance of potatoes when he was growing up causes him to not really like them anymore, so we don't each many potatoes, which I am also okay with. I like them, but I don't love them or miss them or anything.

Except.... for these potatoes! We got a lot of potatoes in our weekly Community Co-op order so I had to figure out how to use them. I decided to go for Twice Baked Potatoes. Probably not the healthiest thing I could have done with them, but they were delicious and my husband loved them, which I knew meant they were good! 

I hope you can enjoy these as a side item for your next cookout, or for any dinner time with your family! 

Here is how you can make these wonderful potatoes yourself. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 potatoes
  • 10 slices bacon
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese and ¼ cup shredded cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Green onions, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Bake potatoes in oven for 1 hour
  3. Cook bacon in a skillet on the stove over medium high heat until cooked through and crumbly. Wait for the bacon to cool and crumble it in to pieces.
  4. When the potatoes have finished cooking allow them to cool. Then, cut the potatoes in half lengthwise.
  5. Hollow out the potatoes and put the potato flesh in a mixing bowl. You can save the skins so you can refill them with the final potato mixture later but as I went through this process I realized that it was much easier (and slightly better in taste in my opinion) to put the potato mixture in to a ramekin and bake them in ramekins instead of in the skins. So, use the skins or ramekins, whatever you prefer.
  6. Add the sour cream, milk, butter, ¾ cup cheese, salt and pepper to the potato flesh and mix together with a hand mixer until smooth.
  7. Spoon the mixture back in to the potato skins, or in to ramekins, whichever you prefer.
  8. Top with bacon, the additional ¼ cup shredded cheese, and the green onions (optional).
  9. Bake for 15 minutes; keep the oven at 400 degrees.

 

Download the full recipe here 

I hope you can enjoy these, maybe even for a Memorial Day BBQ!