Twice Baked Potatoes with Bacon and Cheddar

The Twice Baked Potato, much like creamed spinach, is a steakhouse classic.  And for potato lovers, it’s no wonder as it combines creamy mashed potatoes with crispy potato skins.  Toss on some cheddar cheese, bacon and chives, and this is a solid side dish to a big meaty steak.

Twice Baked Potatoes with Bacon, Cheddar and Chives
Twice Baked Potatoes with Bacon, Cheddar and Chives

Given how delicious they are, I’m not sure why I don’t make these more often.  The thing is, they’ve just never crossed my mind.  I was looking for some ideas for a side dish recently, glancing at recipes in the Cuisinart Food Processor manual, when I saw a page for Twice Baked Potatoes.

Interesting, I thought….not only that the recipe was in a food processor manual, but that I’ve never actually made Twice Baked Potatoes.  I wound up using their general approach, but opted not to make anything in the food processor itself.  The last time I used it the Cuisinart on potatoes, I wound up with something closer to Rubber Cement.

Keep in mind that with the classic approach, these will take a good 2 hours minutes to make.  You could trim a good 30 minutes out of that though if you partially cook the potatoes first in the microwave.  I might try that next time, but I’m suspicious of being able to still get the super crispy potato skins that are so delicious.

 

Not once…twice

There are two key cooking stages in the process: which you can easily break apart into do-ahead and game-day phases.  The first phase involves baking the potatoes, cutting them open and scooping out insides for mashing.  The second phase is where the mashed potatoes go back in the skins and they actually become the Twice Baked.

For the first phase, here’s where you get a chance to make some seriously over-the-top-rich mashed potatoest.  I used whole milk (with a toddler, we always have plenty), butter and grated parmesan with the potatoes.  Since you’re working with a small amount, it’s easy to tweak and increase amounts to get it just right.

For some serious garlic flavor, you can go in two different directions.  The most common is to roast the garlic cloves in the oven along with the potatoes, and then mash them in.  However, I like a bigger, bolder garlic flavor so I use raw crushed garlic instead.  And lots of it.

After you make the mashed potatoes, you’ll fill the skins and they’ll go back in the oven for another 20-30 minutes (depends on if they were in the refrigerator overnight).  If you’ll be topping the potatoes before plating, and those toppings include cheese, I’d suggest giving them an extra minute in the oven so the cheese melts a bit.  Otherwise you could be super fancy like those martini glass mashed potato bars and let your guests choose from a wide variety of appealing toppings.

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Twice Baked Potato
Twice Baked Potato Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs
 

An American staple, the twice baked potato with bacon, cheddar and chives

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 Potatoes
Author: Tony Bailey
Ingredients
  • 4 Russet Potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil (not extra virgin)
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Chives
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 2 Teaspoons Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Instructions
  1. Rub each potato with olive oil (not extra virgin, the heat is too high in the oven and it will smoke) and give a liberal coating of salt.
  2. Cook for 1 hour at 400 degrees. They should be soft in the middle if pierced with a knife.
  3. When cooled, use a paring knife to slice off the top and scoop out the insides into a mixing bowl (about 90%, don’t go all the way to the skins)
  4. Mash the scooped potato and mix in milk, butter, garlic, parmesan, chives, salt and pepper.
  5. Fill your empty potato skins back up with the mashed potatoes and place back in the oven for about 20 minutes
  6. Before taking out top with cheddar cheese. It should melt within 2-3 minutes (may be broiled as well)

17 Comments

  1. My husbands favorite potato recipe is for twice baked potatoes! Unfortunately, the recipe I have is from his grandmother and I do not like it. Is that sacrilege??!? I'm going to give yours a try the next time we have steak. It definitely looks rich and delicious! My recent post Banana Bread Oatmeal

  2. Thanks a bunch, Becky….maybe you can find a balance between the two that preserves the family recipe and smooths out the parts you don't like?

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  4. Kate from Scratch

    Looks delicious. A definite classic!

  5. now that is a loaded potato! Love it!!!

  6. This sounds like such a good idea!

  7. recipesfromapantry

    I have never ever had twice baked potato. On my to try list.

  8. Awesome…Let me know how it goes!

  9. kitchentreaty

    Okay, so I would have never thought to stuff a potato like this. I always just do plain ol' boring halves. These look like baked potatoes … but much more heavenly. Love!

  10. Definitely. They do take a little more time than just baking the halves….but the creamy delicious mash is really tasty when stuffed back into the crunchy potato boats.

  11. Thanks, Andrea….Looking at it, I probably could have loaded it even more. Next time, more bacon!

  12. These look so delicious, and not too difficult! When does adding bacon and cheese to something not make it 100x better?! Definitely making soon!

  13. Well said, Rachel, about adding bacon and cheese. Hope they turn out great for you as well!

  14. I just made these.. Oh.. My.. Yumm..! Thanks for the recipe, it's a new favorite. Can I just live of these? That would be fantastic!

  15. AWESOME POST. I ENJOYED READING IT

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