The Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes

How do you like your potatoes? Fried, baked, mashed, au gratin? Everyone in my family likes them different. Everytime I my husband to the grocery store with a list he comes home with the everything on the list plus at least one bag of chips. He can kill a bag of chips in a sitting. I, on the other hand, can take or leave chips. I don’t HAVE to have them. French fries baby…that’s my downfall. Whether it’s Chick-Fil-A’s waffle fries or McDonald’s thin crispy fries…they find a way in my mouth. The ironic thing is that I’ll never order them because I know how bad they are for you but somehow they disappear from my kid’s Happy meals.

Our friends the Clarks have brought these over for dinner a couple of times and they are always a hit. These are actually a batch that they made. I wish this computer had a scratch ‘n sniff button because these smelled incredible as I was taking the pictures. This is coming from someone who is not a huge fan of baked potatoes! I’ve since made them several times and love them.

The Ultimate Twice Baked Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 4 large baking potatoes
  • 8 slices bacon
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 8 green onions, sliced, divided

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Bake potatoes in preheated oven for 1 hour. You can just microwave the potatoes instead because it is way faster and they taste just as good. About three minutes per potato, just check for tenderness. So if you are cooking 4 potatoes in the microwave you will need to cook them for at least 12 minutes. Make sure to poke holes in the potatoes with a fork before microwaving so that they don't explode.
  3. Meanwhile, place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble and set aside.
  4. When potatoes are done allow them to cool for 10 minutes. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop the flesh into a large bowl leaving about 1/4 inch of flesh so the potato maintains it's shape; save skins. To the potato flesh add sour cream, butter, salt, pepper, 1/2 cup cheese, 1/2 the green onions, and milk (start adding 1/2 cup of milk but you may not need to add it all depending on the consistency you want. You don't want them too runny). Mix with a hand mixer until well blended and creamy. Spoon the mixture into the potato skins. Top each with remaining cheese, green onions and bacon.
  5. Bake for another 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Notes

Source: The Clarks and Allrecipes

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  1. Funny my kids’ fries always disappear too;) These look delish!!

  2. Oooh, they look so good! It reminds me of my favorite way to eat potatoes… bacon cheese fries~!

  3. These look wonderful!

  4. These really look delicious! I can see why they are so popular. I found your blog by chance and had intended only to say hello and then move on. I instead began to read your earlier posts and stayed much longer than I planned. I really enjoyed my visit. I’ll be back as often as I can. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  5. So every one of my favorite potatoes rolled into one great recipe. Delicious!

  6. Twice baked potatoes are always a huge hit at my house too! I wish I made them more, but it sounds like I need friends like yours who will bring them over ;)

  7. Those look SO GOOD!!! Makes me think of an Outback fully loaded baker! I am with you on the fries…. yummmmm…. Chick-fil-A waffle fries with the Chick-fil-A sauce YUMMMMmMMM… Love your blog!!! I am totally going to bring these to something to make me look like a master chef!

  8. Well thank your friends for me because I’m drooling over here. I love a good loaded baked potato so I’m sure I’d like these too.

  9. mmmm these look like something from a restaurant – only much much better!

  10. I live in Utah, and I have never made twice baked potatoes. I made your recipe last night and my husband loved them! I thought they were really good as well, I wil for sure be making them again! thanks!

  11. I am a fan of baked potatoes. I made these for July 4th, and they got rave reviews.

  12. I am a fan of baked potatoes. I made these for July 4th, and they got rave reviews.

  13. I love love love baked potatoes and these look GOOOOOOOD! YUM!

  14. Add some lump crab meat, smoked salmon, cooked shrimp, etc, only make’s them better. Been doing this for years.

  15. Just looking at these makes you hungry! I can’t wait to make these! I already have my list of items I need from the store the next time I go so I can make it. I know my family is going to go bonkers over these!!

  16. I had to come back to your site to let you know I made these Saturday night as I had company over and though it would be a good time to try it out. They turned out great and several of my friends asked me for the recipe. Super! Thanks for posting it!

  17. Do you wrap the potatoes in foil when you bake them in the oven? And do you poke holes when baking them in the oven or just in the microwave?

  18. They look delicious. I will have to make these. I will also be sharing this recipe on my blog. http://www.shoppegirl.blogspot.com

  19. Do these freeze well? I would like to make ahead to pull out for those quick but yummy work night meals.

  20. @barbm,
    I haven’t actually frozen these but I have had frozen twice baked potatoes – baked and they were good!

  21. I’ll give it a whirl! I’ll let you know how they come out after freezing. Thanks

  22. I’m in the middle of making these for Thanksgiving! I think they’re gonna be GREAT!!

  23. Has anyone made these ahead of time and if so how did you do it?

  24. I baked my potatoes for over a hour and they were still hard! Grr these look so good but my potatoes never come out right!

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      In my opinion you can never overbake potatoes. Pop them in the microwave if they’re still hard in 3 minute increments until they’re done.

  25. Just wade these for a superbowl party. Amazing!

    I did crank up the bacon requirements though… had to be done.

  26. I made these for Super Bowl and they were fantastic, but I did tweak it just a little. I added a little bit of garlic powder to the potato flesh and when I baked them the second time around I baked them at 375 for about 25 to 30 minutes. They turned out phenomenally and I received nothing, but compliments. Also I did prepare them the night before and just refrigerated them until I was ready to put them in the oven.

  27. Hogfarmerwife says:

    Holy Sow! These were porktastic! Why did I think these would be difficult to make all these years?!? Thanks for sharing! Hogs & Kisses from Kansas!

  28. I make these all the time, but w/ a twist….I add a packet of dry Ranch dressing to the mix….everybody loves them and wants to know my “secret” ingredient

  29. These look so yummy! My mom use to make these for dinner. In our house we add broccoli and garlic powder to ours. Also, if you don’t have sour cream you can use cream cheese as a substitute. You lose that sour cream taste but in a pinch it works!

  30. I made these for a New Year’s Eve dinner and they were delicious! I used about 1/2 cup sour cream instead of the full 1 cup and they were incredibly creamy. There weren’t any left after dinner. :)

  31. Today I’m making these for about the fifth time. They can accompany just about anything and come out perfect anytime. We are having company so I am making 5 lbs of potatoes and upping the ingredients. Thank you so much for this recipe and Happy New Year!!!!!

  32. Your photos alone have inspired tomorrow’s meal..! Great recipe, they look delicious!:)x

  33. Iv made this recipe three times already and always
    Get super excited to eat it everytime ,
    Great dish to make anybody
    You can’t go wrong and everybody will love it
    Even the picky eaters! LOVE IT!

  34. I made these a while back & they’re very good

  35. Recipe was spot on and absolutely delicious. I had extras so froze them before rebaking – hoping they will make a good instant side to keep on hand. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Made ‘em. They’re awesome!!