Friday, January 3, 2014

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

A staple side dish over the holidays is potatoes.  They can be made so many different ways.  I'm sure I've tried hundreds over the years.  For this Christmas, I was looking for something that I could prepare ahead of time.  Something that would serve my entire family and that the mini would like.  I decided on this twice baked potato casserole.  I would actually call this mashed potato casserole. You can't go wrong with mashed potatoes.  You definitely can't go wrong with mashed potatoes mixed with cream cheese, sour cream and cheddar cheese topped with bacon and chives!  The dish was easy to prepare ahead of time and pop in the over when the time was right.  The entire family (along with the mini) gave this recipe two thumbs up! 

Twice Baked Potato Casserole


  • 5 lb russet potatoes
  • 10 sli bacon
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 0.5 c unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 c sour cream
  • 0.25 c chives, minced
  • 2.5 c cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 t kosher salt
  • 0.5 t pepper


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Peel potatoes, and cut into 1-inch chunks. Place in a large saucepan, and add enough cold water to cover by about 2 inches. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and reduce to a simmer. Cook until tender and easily pierced with a paring knife, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a colander to drain; return to pan, cover, and set aside.
2. Meanwhile, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon, and cook until crisp and browned, turning once. Transfer to paper towels to drain; let cool, and crumble into pieces.
3. Using a fork, mash the potatoes in pan until light and fluffy. Add the cream cheese, butter, and sour cream, and stir until combined and smooth. Add the chives, 2 cups cheddar cheese, half the bacon, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined.
4. Transfer to a buttered 3-quart baking dish. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheddar cheese. Bake until top is slightly golden and potatoes are heated through, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven; garnish with remaining bacon. Serve immediately.

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