This Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe is so easy and delicious, you’ll be wishing you had some leftover potatoes to make this with all your favorite comfort food.
What do you do when you make too many mashed potatoes? You fancy them up, stretch them a bit, and have them for another meal! Tonight, with my Easy Italian Meatloaf, I am having a simpler form of twice baked potatoes!
You don’t have to wait until you have leftover potatoes, though. I mean, sure, this recipe is perfect for when you make too many mashed potatoes. But, if you don’t even have any potatoes cooked, it’s ok if you want to make some just for this loaded potatoes recipe.
But it’s about more than just having a handy side dish. This is one of those “special” things that the kids ask for really frequently. It’s a go-to recipe when you don’t know what else to cook. And it’s a treat that the whole family will love.
How Do You Make Twice Baked Potatoes?
There are a lot of ways to make twice baked potatoes. Seriously.
One friend of mine only makes this as a “baked potato”. Another friend I talked to made them into patties she cooks on a griddle (how is that a “twice baked?!”). There’s seriously some strong debated going on here.
But to make my twice baked potatoes, I like to start with mashed potatoes. It’s so much more simple when the potato flesh has already been mashed with the potato masher and you’re just working with one big baking dish.
No filling potato shells or potato skins like a chump (what kid wants to eat the skin anyway?!).
So, I just cut each potato in half lengthwise, then in cubes, like I would to make mashed potatoes, boil and mash while I preheat oven. Do not set your oven to 400 degrees, that will burn the bacon. Just keep it at 350, kay?
Then, in a large bowl, I mix the mashed potatoes with 1/2 cup to 1 cup of sour cream, cheddar cheese (about 1-2 cup cheese), green onion and all the other ingredients.
Place that in an un-lined baking sheet and layer on the bacon and any remaining cheese. Then I just toss the potatoes in the oven.
I cook that for about 35 minutes until the cheese is melted and the bacon is cooked.
It doesn’t get better than that, unless someone else is cooking AND doing the dishes. Then I guess it could…
The following ingredients are affiliate links on Amazon because they may be a bit hard to find in your normal store. I wanted you to be able to see exactly which things we are using.
Reminder, not all ingredients in the Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for
Must Have Resources:
When making Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes at home, you really need to have the following Amazon affiliate tools on hand.
- Potato Masher
- Non-Slip Bottom Mixing Bowls (perfect for potato mashing)
- Casserole Dish (because this is SERIOUSLY pretty–and don’t you need a pretty dish for potatoes?!)
Make it a Meal:
Main Dish: I’m making this Easy Italian Meatloaf tonight!
Vegetable Side: Roasted Spring Veggies are good any time of year.
Refreshing Drink: This Hawaiian Blue mocktail goes with EVERYTHING!
Don’t forget Dessert: Save room for Easy Blueberry Crumble.
Best Potato Recipes:
Once you make this Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes Recipe, you’ll be hooked on making easy (and tasty) potato dishes with leftover potatoes. So, I pulled together some of the best ideas I’ve ever had that you can use leftover potatoes with!
- Corn Chowder with Bacon and ‘Taters
- Instant Pot Cheeseburger Potatoes
- 26+ Recipes to Use Leftover Baked Potatoes
More Side Dish Recipes:
If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for variety when it comes to your side dishes. It’s like adding icing on a cake and making meatloaf so much more fun. So, I have some amazing side dish ideas for you right here.
- Crockpot Side Dishes You Have to Try
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- Leftover mashed potatoes
- 8 oz sour cream
- 1 pkg Oscar Mayer ready to eat Bacon
- Cream Cheese
- Shredded Sharp Cheddar
- Preheat oven to 350
- Mix left over mashed potatoes with all ingredients except bacon and pour into a 9x13 baking dish.
- Layer bacon over top.
- Bake for 25 - 35 minutes.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 6 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 270mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g