Twice Baked Potatoes are a favorite side dish and great to make ahead.

A baked potato shell is stuffed with fully loaded cheesy mashed potatoes and baked until hot.

The can be prepared ahead of time, freeze well, and can even be baked from frozen.

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Twice Baked Potatoes Are Doubly Delicious

  • Baked potatoes are scooped, mashed and filled in this easy recipe.
  • Twice Baked Potatoes are as easy to make as they are yummy!
  • These can be prepared days ahead of time and baked from frozen.
  • They’re an inexpensive way to feed a crowd, add anything you’d like to the mix!

The Best Potatoes for Stuffing

Russet or baking potatoes are the best potatoes for twice-baked potatoes. Their thick skins hold up well to stuffing, while the flesh is starchy and perfect for mashing.

While russet potatoes are my preference, this recipe will work with almost any variety of potatoes; however, the texture can vary with other types.

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How to Make Twice-Baked Potatoes

  1. Bake the potatoes: Use the oven, microwave, or air fryer to bake potatoes until tender.
  2. Cut each potato in half lengthwise and scoop out the insides with a spoon.
  3. Mash the potatoes and stir in the add-ins, spoon it back into the skins and sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Bake until heated through.

Make it a Meal: Change up the mashed potato filling with some optional additions or leftovers. Stir in some ground beef (or leftover taco meat), cooked chicken, steamed vegetables or broccoli.

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Prep Ahead or Freeze Twice-Baked Potatoes

Prepare the twice-baked potato recipe as directed below including filling the skins with the mashed potato mixture.

  • Fridge: Place the prepared potatoes in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days before baking. If they are cold from the fridge, they may need an extra 5-7 minutes of baking time.
  • Freezer: Cool the prepared potatoes completely and freeze on a baking pan. Once frozen, the potatoes can be stored in a container or freezer bag.
  • Bake From Frozen: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes or until heated through.

Tips for Perfect Potatoes

  • Starchy potatoes like russet or baking potatoes are best in this recipe.
  • Leave at least 1/8 to ¼-inch of a shell so the skins don’t break or crack.
  • Adding ¼ cup spreadable cream cheese (any flavor, herb, and garlic is a favorite) is optional but delicious.
  • To make filling easy, place the prepared filling in a freezer bag, snip the corner off, and squeeze it into the skins.

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Twice Baked Potatoes

Fluffy potatoes with bacon, cheddar cheese, and chives are baked until golden. These creamy twice-baked spuds are the perfect side dish or lunch!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 6 small russet or baking potatoes
  • cup sour cream
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • ½ cup milk (or buttermilk) if needed
  • 1 tablespoon chives sliced (or green onions)
  • 6 slices bacon cooked crisp and chopped or 3 tablespoons bacon bits
  • 1 ½ cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded, divided
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Scrub the skin of the potatoes and poke them all over with a fork. Bake the potatoes in the oven for 50-60 minutes or until tender. Allow them to cool until they're cool enough to handle.
  • Slice each potato in ½ lengthwise. Scoop out the potato flesh leaving a ⅛-inch shell.
  • In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, sour cream, butter, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Mash with a potato masher until smooth adding warm milk as needed to create a creamy fluffy texture. You may not need any or all of the milk.
  • Fold in chives, bacon, and ¾ cup cheddar cheese.
  • Spoon the filling into each skin and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.

Notes

  • Potatoes can also be baked in the air fryer or microwave.
  • Mash the potatoes while warm for the best consistency. Sour cream and butter may add just enough moisture; check the potatoes before adding extra liquid.
  • Be sure to leave at least 1/8 to ¼-inch shell, so the skins don’t break or crack.
  • Option: bake one extra potato in case one of the skins breaks.  The shells can be filled more if you have extra filling.
  • To make filling easy, place the prepared filling in a freezer bag and snip off the corner. Squeeze it into the shells.
  • Prep Ahead: Prepare and refrigerate for up to 2 days before baking. Chilled stuffed potatoes will need an extra 5-7 minutes of baking time.
  • Freezer: Cool the prepared potatoes completely and freeze on a baking pan. Once frozen, the potatoes can be stored in a container or freezer bag.
  • Bake From Frozen: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes or until heated through.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 222 | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 412mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 325IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 133mg | Iron: 0.9mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
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  1. Omg this recipe is so amazing, so flavorful!! I had leftovers so I ate them the next morning and I think it was even better the next day.❤️

  2. Yum! This will be my first time making these for me and my son. Hope we like this Thank you for this recipe 5 stars

  3. Punctuation and or CAP’s matter . I read this as Bake or Microwave FOR ONE HOUR. Yep for the first and BIG nope for the second – cheers!

  4. Another awesome 5-star recipe! Immense thanks to the chef not only for the recipe but for the make-ahead tips. This was a big hit at my house tonight – so big, in fact, that it was requested for tomorrow night, too! And…I just might do it lol.5 stars

  5. I made these last Feb. as part of our Valentine’s Dinner. My husband now requests them once a week. They really are that yummy.5 stars

    1. Wash the potato and poke with a fork to allow steam to escape. Cook on high 5 minutes. Flip potato and cook 5 minutes more. If cooking more than one potato time will need to be increased. Larger potatoes may need more time. Microwaves can vary so be sure to check your potatoes. Enjoy!

  6. Absolutely delicious! I made a few substitutions based on what I had on hand. I used heavy whipping cream instead of milk (and added a little more than the recipe called for as the potatoes seemed too dry). I used plain Greek yogurt instead of the sour cream. I used the green onion option, and also added a little dried parsley. I cooked the whole potatoes in the microwave to save time, and then cooked the filled potatoes in the oven to make sure the cheese got brown and toasty.5 stars

    1. If the potatoes are warm and the butter is room temperature, it should be fine but you can certainly melt it if you’d prefer.

    1. That sounds like a delicious idea Sandra. It should turn out fine, but let us know how it goes! :)

  7. Wasn’t sure how to do this but I have a question. I worked with a teacher(now deceased) that made stuffed sweet potatoes but with breakfast sausage and cinnamon and ???. Not much into different things and it sounded horrible. Loom! One of THE BEST potatoes EVER! Do you have a recipe like this? She learned how to make it when she was young.5 stars

    1. That sounds like a delicious recipe Rene! We don’t have anything that sounds similar but we will keep that in mind.

  8. I haven’t even tasted these yet, but they look awesome. Only problem is, I used different ingredients for my potatoes and my husband’s, and now I can’t tell which is which.5 stars

  9. I didn’t have sour cream, so I made three potatoes instead of six. I used a bit more cheese and green onions and I think they turned out okay.

  10. Hi just wanted to ask if this could be made into a twice bake potato casserole? My girlfriend made something like this but in a casserole form. What is your thoughts and suggestions?

    Thank you,
    Michele