While I am a huge fan of baked potatoes as a side to any robust protein, such as steak or pork, sometimes it’s fun to jack it up a bit. Twice-baked potatoes take a baked potato up a few notches. And when I say a few, I am talking from good to GREAT!
We’re talking about adding two kinds of cheese, bacon, sour cream, some garlic, and onion, and baking it again. Super easy and super good.
If you have never done this, you have to try it. It’s always a treat and kicks what can be a decent meal into a spectacular one! All those wonderful textures and flavors in every bite. It’s a winner!
How To Make Twice Baked Potatoes
This twice baked potatoes recipe is very easy to put together but does take a bit of time as we’re baking potatoes. But other than that, it’s just a matter of adding all your ingredients together and putting them back into the oven.
Chances are you already have these ingredients which makes this a great go-to recipe. You will need the following
- Two large Russet potatoes
- 4 slices of cooked bacon
- 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese (we used sharp – recommended)
- 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup of sour cream
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 1 clove of garlic
- 2 green onions
- salt and pepper
- Olive oil
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. While it is coming to temperature, scrub the potatoes and place them on a baking sheet. Prick the potatoes with a fork a few times to allow steam to escape. Coat lightly with olive oil and sprinkle the potatoes with a little kosher salt.
When the oven hits temperature, place the potatoes in the oven and allow them to cook for approximately 1 hour (up to one hour and 30 minutes) or until a butter knife can easily pierce through the potato.
While the potatoes are cooking, in a skillet cook the bacon until it reaches your preferred doneness. Remove from the skillet, drain on paper towels, and set aside.
Add the whites of the chopped green onion to the bacon fat and cook over medium to medium-low heat until the white of the green onions is translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute making sure the onion and garlic do not burn. Pour the onion, garlic, and bacon fat into a small bowl or ramekin and set aside.
The bacon at this point should be cool enough to handle. Chop into small pieces and bits and set aside.
When the potatoes are ready, remove them from the oven. Using a potholder or oven mitt to handle the potatoes, cut each potato in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, remove the potato flesh and place it into a mixing bowl. Make sure to leave approximately 1/4″ of the potato along the shell to maintain its structure.
In the mixing bowl using a fork, mash the potatoes until sufficiently fluffy. Add the melted butter and the onion-garlic bacon fat mixture to the mixing bowl.
Next, add the bacon, the sour cream, and the parmesan and cheddar cheeses. Reserve a few sprinkles of the bacon and cheeses for later.
Mix together until well combined. Spoon the mixture back into the potato shells evenly. Sprinkle remaining cheeses and bacon over the potatoes and return to the oven.
Continue to bake until heated throughout, approximately 15 minutes, and remove from the oven.
Garnish with sliced green onion and serve.
This recipe is great when you want to mix things up a bit. Sometimes our menus can get a little stale.
We have made these potatoes for decades. We don’t do it often because, to be honest, we forget. We forget how easy it is and we forget how damn tasty it is.
It’s only after one too many regular baked potatoes does the bulb go off and we’re like “hey, what about twice-baked?” and the mixing bowl comes out and I get excited all over again.
This will please them all. If you want vegetarian, leave out the bacon. If you need to feed a larger crowd, double the recipe. This is a great go-to recipe that won’t fail you.
You can pair this with whatever you like, but I find that beef and potatoes go great together. Take a look at our prime rib roast and tell me this potato dish wouldn’t go great with it!
Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe
- 2 Russet potatoes Large
- 1 cup Cheddar cheese shredded
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
- 4 slices Bacon cooked and chopped fine
- 1/2 cup Sour cream
- 2 tbsp Butter melted
- 1 clove Garlic chopped fine
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1/2 tsp Black pepper freshly ground
- 2 Green onion Finely chopped
- 1 tbsp Olive oil to coat potatoes
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
- Scrub potatoes clean and prick with fork to allow steam to escape during baking
- Bake potatoes for one hour (up to one hour and 30 minutes) or until a butter knife can easily pierce through the potato.
- Cook bacon in skillet and set aside
- Discard all but 1 tbsp of bacon fat
- Add onions to bacon fat, cook until whites of onion are translucent.
- Add garlic to skillet, cooking for 1 minute. Do not burn
- Remove from heat and transfer onion and garlic mixture to small bowl
- Chop bacon into small bits and pieces. Reserving some for garnish.
- Remove potatoes from oven when done
- Cut potatoes in half lengthwise
- Scoop out flesh of potatoes into mixing bowl leaving 1/4 inch around shell of potato
- Mash potatoes until nice and fluffy
- Add the melted butter and the onion-garlic bacon fat mixture to the mixing bowl
- Add the bacon, the sour cream, and the parmesan and cheddar cheeses. Reserve a few sprinkles of the bacon and cheeses for later.
- Mix together until well combined. Spoon the mixture back into the potato shells evenly
- Sprinkle remaining cheeses and bacon over the potatoes and return to the oven
- Continue to bake until heated throughout, approximately 15 minutes and remove from the oven
- Garnish with sliced green onion and serve