Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Twice Baked Potato Casserole

This is a new side dish I came up with the other night when I wanted to make twice baked potatoes but didn't have the time.  It was super simple and tasted the same because it has all the same ingredients I use in my twice baked potatoes.  I saved time by boiling the potatoes instead of baking them.  This dish was a total hit and I now have another side dish that will be added to my regular round up of sides.  Please excuse the pictures, I was in a hurry and didn't do any of the fancy shmancy pictures I usually do, just the casserole on my plate with dinner.

Here's what you need:

7-8 regular sized russet potatoes, the kind in the 5 Lb. bag (about the size of your fist)
3-4 Tbs. butter, unsalted, at room temperature
1/2 cup half and half, more if needed
1 Tbs. Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing dry mix, I buy it in the tub and when used no salt is needed
1-1/2 - 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, I don't always measure when grating
1/2 tsp. pepper
4-5 pieces of bacon, cooked and crumbled

Wash and peel all potatoes.  Cube into 1-1/2 inch pieces and place in a pot of cold water.
Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook about 15 minutes or until fork tender.
Drain and mash with a fork or beaters until all the potatoes are broken up.
Add the butter and half & half and mix well with beaters until it is smooth and no lumps of potatoes are left.  You may need to add more than the 1/2 cup of half & half to make it the consistency you like.
Next add the ranch dressing dry mix and beat to incorporate.
Add almost all the cheese but keep some set aside for the top (about 1/4-1/2 cup). Beat well to incorporate.
Add the bacon, saving a few pieces for the top, and stir to combine.  
Sprinkle on the remaining bacon pieces and cheese and bake for 25 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.
Yummy, yummy, yummy!!!!  This was an amazing side dish to my ribs last night.

Serves 4-6 depending on how much they like it.  Can easily be doubled or tripled.

Here's the handy printable - Twice Baked Potato Casserole 

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  1. This would be a great way to use leftover mashed potatoes! YUMMO

    1. Marilyn,
      Thanks for stopping by. What a great thought! I will be making more mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving just for this recipe.

  2. Holy Potato Grub right here! WOW! I will take a big plate full of these bad boys! Thank you for sharing this awesome recipe!

    1. Jen,
      You should have seen my son and I devour these potatoes. You wouldn't have wanted to get a hand in the way that night. hehehe. We ARE potato hounds!

  3. I can always find something yummy to fix for my family on your site! Thanks!

    1. Kristina,
      Thanks for stopping by! Let me know how you like this recipe :)

  4. Love twice baked potatoes - these seem much easier with all the flavor!

  5. Ho my gosh that looks so good I want some right now. I love potatoes and that looks too got not to try! I want to let you know I grabbed your button and put it on my side bar to show you will be participating in the Autumn Event, I also added your blog here @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/2012/08/a-twine-wrapped-pumpkin-and-autumn.html

  6. Drooling Michelle!!!! Looks and sounds amazing! I bet they are comforting! Thank you for all your comments on my recipe and for featuring me! You Rock!


  7. Twice baked potatoes are so yummy! I love that you created a casserole with those same flavors, but so much easier!!!

  8. YUM! I am going to make these for my family. :)


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