These Twice Baked Potatoes are to-die-for with fluffy mashed potatoes inside and crispy skin outside topped with cheddar cheese and bacon!
My grandmother used to make us twice baked potatoes when I was a kid and I’ve been a fan ever since! It’s like having your favorite mashed potatoes and baked potatoes at once and somehow they are even better when combined.
Start by using a fork to poke holes on all sides of the scrubbed potatoes.
What are the best potatoes for baking?
The best potatoes for baking are ones with a high starch content and a low moisture content. Choose either russets or Idaho potatoes.
Rinse the potatoes with water, place them on a wire rack on a sheet pan, and sprinkle them with kosher salt on both sides.
Bake the potatoes at 450˚F for 45-55 minutes, until tender.
Remove the potatoes from the oven and cut them in half. Use tongs or oven mitts to hold the hot potaotes.
Allow the potatoes to cool slightly and then scoop out the insides leaving the skins intact. A metal ice cream scoop is the perfect tool for this step!
Mash the potatoes in a bowl and then add the milk, melted butter, sour cream, one cup of shredded cheddar cheese, and 1/3 cup of bacon bits. Stir to combine.
Additional Seasoning Suggestions
- garlic powder (or minced garlic)
- onion powder (or minced onion)
- black pepper
- powdered ranch dressing mix
Brush the potato skins with bacon grease and place them back on the wire rack. Fill the skins with the mashed potato mixture. I like using a medium-size dough scoop for this step. Return the filled skins to the oven and cook them for the second time at 450˚ for 10-13 minutes.
Remove the twice baked potatoes from the oven and top them with the remaining shredded cheddar cheese and bacon bits. Return them to the oven for 3-5 minutes, until the cheese is melted.
Toppings For Twice Baked Potatoes
There are so many toppings choices! You can add the topping before putting them in the oven for the second time or add the toppings afterward.
- Cheese: cheddar, pepper jack, parmesan
- Meat: bacon bits, diced ham, cooked sausage
- Veggies: cooked broccoli, sliced green onions, mushrooms, minced garlic
- Other: sour cream, black beans, salsa, mac and cheese, french fried onions
Twice Baked Potatoes Frequently Asked Questions
They are gummy because they were either over baked, under baked, or wrapped while baking. To make fluffy twice baked potatoes, you need to start by baking the potatoes perfectly the first time because when you return them to the oven for the second time it is only for 10-13 minutes.
To reheat twice baked potatoes, preheat the oven to 350˚F. Place the potatoes on a wire rack on a baking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes until heated through.
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