Bacon Cheddar Twice-Baked Potatoes Recipe

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Bacon Cheddar Twice-Baked Potatoes Recipe.
  • Total: 100 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings as a side dish
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
279 Calories
21g Fat
10g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 servings as a side dish
Amount per serving
Calories 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 26%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 58mg 19%
Sodium 1007mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 13g
Calcium 375mg 29%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A comfort food for many, these twice-baked potatoes are kicked up with bacon, Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, sour cream and chives. This recipe may be made in advance and cooked later.

Ingredients

  • 4 large potatoes (Idaho baking potatoes, scrubbed clean)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt (kosher)
  • 6 slices bacon (cooked, drained, and crumbled)
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese (shredded, divided use)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chives (or green onions, chopped)
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese (grated)
  • Optional: sweet Hungarian paprika

Steps to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.

  2. Rub potatoes with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt. Prick in several spots with a fork.

  3. Place on a shallow baking pan 6 inches apart and bake until center is soft, 45 minutes to 1 hour.

  4. When potatoes are cool enough to handle, slice each one in half lengthwise.

  5. Carefully scoop out the soft flesh, leaving a 1/4-inch rim around the potato skin, and place flesh in a mixing bowl.

  6. Set skins aside to stuff later.

  7. Mash the potatoes with a fork or masher (do not use a mixer). A few small lumps are good for flavor and texture, so do not try to get them perfectly smooth.

  8. Stir in bacon bits, 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, sour cream, chives, salt, and pepper .

  9. Spoon or pipe mashed potato mixture into the potato skins and return to the baking tray.

  10. Sprinkle with reserved 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, and optional paprika. (May be made in advance to this point. Cover and refrigerate or freeze.)

  11. Return to the 400-degree F. oven and bake about 30 minutes until potatoes are lightly browned and heated through.