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Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

To me, this isn’t really a recipe. I have been fascinated with twice baked potatoes since I started cooking I think, so it’s just second nature to me to take mashed potatoes, mix in some cheese, onion, bell pepper, bacon and bake. You don’t need any special seasonings or spices … just let the onion, bacon, bell pepper and cheese do their magic.

I love to put this mixture back into the potato skins if I have them, but if not, just throw it in a casserole or oven proof bowl and bake till everything is hot and the cheese is god and melted.

It’s so simple and so good. I just had it for lunch and it was oh so warm, comforting, filling, and delicious.

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

If you make it with low-fat mashed potatoes and don’t overdo it on the bacon or cheese, it’s even good for you.

Today I used shredded sharp cheddar and a bit of blue cheese crumbles, chopped red bell pepper, chopped onion, crumbled in a bit of crispy cooked bacon. Mixed it all together, topped with a little more cheese, then baked for about 10 – 15 minutes at 350. Then I topped it with a few snips of fresh chives. I like to use fresh onions and bell pepper for the crunch factor, but if you like your veggies soft, you can sautee them first. Sometimes I add mushrooms too, if I have them, and if the mashed potatoes are dry, a little cottage cheese, light sour cream or buttermilk. Sometimes a little dill is a nice addition.  Play with it to find a combination you like. You really can’t go wrong with this one.

You can make this in individual portions like I did today for lunch in my oven-safe bowl, or in a larger casserole for a crowd. It would be a nice touch to bake in ramekins for holiday meals. Larger dishes will take longer to cook.

Mmm. I’m in heaven.

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

This recipe was shared at Recipe of the Week: Potatoes and Weekend Potluck.

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14 responses

  1. Oh my…I’d love a bowl of this right now! Fabulous!

    November 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm

  2. Kim

    This looks yummy!

    November 2, 2011 at 9:36 am

  3. I just saw several of your recipes linked up somewhere and clicked on like 3 of them that interested me… then I got here and I want to try every recipe on your recent recipes section on your sidebar. So glad I found your blog… I’m wondering if there is a way to follow you? I don’t see the option to follow via GFC (Google Friend Connect) or email, is that possible?

    November 2, 2011 at 11:15 am

    • Ann

      Hi Desi!

      I am so glad you stopped by! In the lower right hand corner of your browser, there should be a follow button to follow by email. If you are on facebook, you can like me there or I am on twitter as well! See the right sidebar for the facebook/twitter options.

      Thank you so much,

      Ann

      November 2, 2011 at 1:20 pm

  4. Oh yum! how could you go wrong with this!

    November 2, 2011 at 11:21 am

  5. Absolutely mouth watering. I love a good baked potato but you know what i love even more? A cheesy loaded potato with all this goodness! The picture is beautiful

    November 2, 2011 at 7:05 pm

  6. This looks so delicious. I’ve never thought to make ‘skinless’ twice baked potatoes.

    November 3, 2011 at 7:16 am

  7. I think I could eat this everyday! Love anything with potatoes!

    November 5, 2011 at 9:43 am

  8. Thanks for linking up at A Little Nosh this week!

    November 5, 2011 at 9:08 pm

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  10. This is a great Potato Casserole, it looks delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great day and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    November 8, 2011 at 1:31 pm

  11. That is a wonderful casserole…it has EVERYTHING!

    December 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm

  12. Thanks for sharing at Weekend Potluck! This sounds AMAZING!

    http://4littlefergusons.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/cowboy-bundles-weekend-potluck-11/

    April 2, 2012 at 8:50 am

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