For the love of potatoes!
Potatoes, baked or mashed pretty much go with any meal. Therefore potatoes are a huge staple in my house and served up quite often. I love my potatoes and really, is there anyone that doesn’t? In other words, I love potatoes! Can you tell? In fact, on any given day it’s a toss up as to which way to prepare baked or mashed? So I was thinking hey, why not both all rolled into one? In particular, I love mashed and baked potatoes smothered in sour cream and green onions. What could be better!! Oh wait, Beacon! I just answered my own question! Of course, you could certainly use ham if you prefer. However, I rarely run into anyone who doesn’t love bacon and I think it compliments any potato dish, in my opinion!
The Twice Baked Loaded Potatoes are so super easy to make and delish, if I do say so myself! Because they can be served up as a small meal or as a side, it makes this dish quite versatile. For example, I like to use the smaller potatoes as a side dish and large baking potatoes if i’m preparing as a meal. In addition you can always shake things up a bit with this delightful dish by adding your own favorites. For example broccoli or spinach would be a nice edition.
To sum it up, twice baked potatoes can be make with many variations and I hope you love them as much as I do!
- 4 medium potatoes or 2 large baking potatoes
- 3 green onions chopped (also called spring onions)
- 4 to 5 slices of crisp bacon Chopped Fine
- 1/4 cups sour cream
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 1/3 cups grated cheese of your choice
- salt and pepper to taste
Pre-Heat Oven to 350° degrees
- Microwave potatoes until softened. (you can bake if you prefer however it takes much longer)
- Fry bacon until it's your desired crispness and chop into bits once cool.
- while potatoes and bacon are cooking chop up green onions and anything additional you want to add.
- Take you cooked potatoes and gently scoop out the insides into a bowl and mash with butter, sour cream and salt and pepper to taste.
- Add 1 cup of grated cheese and half of the chopped bacon to the mashed potato.
- Fill each of your hollowed out potatoes with the mashed mixture and place in your preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes.
- Remove from oven and top off with the remaining bacon, cheese and green onions.
- Ready to serve!
You can use any kind of cheese your like, I like using cheddar or Swiss.
I bake the final potato on a muffin top pan as it keeps the potato skin crisp.