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Easy twice baked potatoes are loaded with sour cream, cheese, bacon, and seasonings for the perfect savory side or main dish!

Twice baked potatoes can easily star as the main dish with a few sides or it can be served as a side for a main dish! We even have a Twice Baked Potato Casserole that is delicious!

A tray filled with 6 twice baked potato halves topped with cheese, bacon, and green onions.

A Favorite Side!

Have you tried making twice baked potatoes before?

If not, you’ve been missing out. These savory potatoes are packed with sour cream, bacon, and cheese for the ultimate side dish!

What’s a twice baked potato? Essentially, they are baked in the oven like a normal Baked Potato and cooled. The insides are spooned out and mixed with cheese, sour cream, bacon, and all kinds of other delicious stuff. The mash is put back into the skins and baked a second time.

It’s almost like a baked potato filled with Loaded Mashed Potatoes! Sounds amazing, right?? Believe me, it is!

These easy twice baked potatoes do take a little time, but they are delicious and easy.

How to Make Twice Baked Potatoes

This twice baked potatoes recipe does require more time than regular baked potatoes, but the same amount of effort. The most time-consuming part is baking them in the oven!

PREP. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil.

FIRST BAKE. Pierce each potato with a fork a few times. Place potatoes on the baking sheet and bake for 1 hour.

Let potatoes cool for 10–15 minutes.

SEASON. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine oil, Parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Mix well.

  • Cut potatoes in half. Spoon out most of the insides and place in a large bowl, reserving potato skins.
  • Brush oil-Parmesan mixture over the tops and bottoms of each potato skin.
  • Lightly mash potato insides and mix in sour cream (you can use more or less to your liking), about 1 cup shredded cheese, bacon pieces, and more salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.

SECOND BAKE. Spoon potato mixture back into potato skins and throw away any excess skins. Sprinkle potatoes with remaining 1 cup shredded cheese.

Place back on the baking sheet and bake for 16–18 more minutes. Sprinkle with chives before serving.

Cooked, poked potatoes on a baking sheet.

Recipe tips

Easily make twice baked potato on the grill!

Grilled potatoes. Wrap the potatoes in foil and place them on the upper grill grate.

  • Heat the grill to 400°F and bake until the potatoes are tender. This will take about 75 minutes.
  • Remove the potatoes from the grill, cut them in half, and follow the recipe directions.
  • Once the potatoes have been filled, place them back in the heated grill on the lower grate for 15-20 minutes until hot and the cheese is melted.

Don’t overmix the filling! Over-mixing can make the potatoes gummy and affect the texture. It’s best to mix the ingredients just until they are combined, ensuring a creamy and fluffy filling.

Cooking For a Crowd

We always run out of these potatoes at functions since most people end up grabbing two. Just note the recipe should make fewer than double the number of potatoes cooked because they are filled with more filling than what you get from one-half potato.

How much to make. Here are some numbers to help with that:

  • 5 potatoes = 8-9 twice baked
  • 10 potatoes = 16-18 twice baked
  • 12 potatoes = 20-21 twice baked
  • 15 potatoes = 24-27 twice baked

Load it up!

Once you have your best twice baked potatoes done, top them off with all your favorite toppings! Sour cream, cheese, and bacon are already mixed into the potatoes, but you are welcome to add more.

Other toppings include:

  • more cheese
  • more bacon
  • chives
  • green onions
  • meat (we love adding a bit of Pulled Pork)

They really are such a great side dish and perfect for any potato lover.

Variations

Change up the flavor with any of these suggestions!

  • Instead of bacon, try pieces of rotisserie or Buffalo Chicken, diced Ham, or cooked sausage.
  • Try adding veggies such as mushrooms, bell peppers, broccoli, and scallions.
  • Substitute sour cream with Ranch Dip or Ranch Dressing.
  • Substitute the oil for butter.

Storing Info

Make it ahead of time. Follow the recipe as written, except for baking a second time. Place the filled potatoes in a covered container and store them in the fridge for 1-2 days.

When you are ready to use, place the potatoes on a baking sheet. Bake at 400°F for 15-20 minutes or until hot and the cheese is bubbly.

REHEAT. Bake at 400°F for 20-25  minutes or until hot and the cheese is bubbly. Microwave a thawed potato. The result may be a little more “mushy” than heating in the oven, but still delicious.

FREEZE. After making the recipe allow the potatoes to cool. Wrap individually using plastic cling wrap and place in a freezer bag or other airtight container. Freeze for up to 3 months.

  • When you’re ready to use, take the desired amount, thaw overnight in the fridge, unwrap, and top with additional cheese.
  • Bake directly from the freezer. Remove wrapping, place on a baking sheet, put in a preheated oven at 400°F, and bake for about 45 minutes or until hot and the cheese is bubbly.
Several twice baked potatoes halves topped with bacon, cheese, and green onions.

Recipe FAQ

What potatoes are best when making twice baked potatoes?

I recommend you use Russet potatoes. Their fluffy texture and mild flavor make them perfect for this dish. If russets are not available then you can use Yukon Gold or Idaho potatoes.

What is the best way to scoop out the center for twice baked potatoes?

Use a teaspoon to scoop out the inside of the cooked potato. I like to start in the center and work outward from there. Do not scrape the inside clean. Leave a thin layer of potato so that the skin keeps its shape and doesn’t crack and break apart.

Why do I poke holes in the potato when making twice baked potatoes?

Piercing the potato with a fork is an important step, it allows the built-up steam to escape and prevents the potato from exploding.

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Twice Baked Potatoes

By: Lil’ Luna
Easy twice baked potatoes are loaded with sour cream, cheese, bacon, and seasonings for the perfect savory side or main dish!
Servings: 10
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cool Time: 10 minutes
Total: 1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 6-8 russet potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • dash of pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 4-6 slices cooked bacon
  • chopped fresh chives, for topping
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Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  • Pierce each potato with a fork a few times. Place potatoes on the baking sheet and bake for 1 hour.
  • Let potatoes cool for 10–15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons oil, 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, ½ teaspoon salt, a dash of pepper, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, and ¼ teaspoon paprika. Mix well.
  • Cut potatoes in half. Spoon out most of the insides and place in a large bowl, reserving potato skins.
  • Brush the oil-parmesan mixture over the tops and bottoms of each potato skin.
  • Lightly mash potato insides and mix in 2 cups sour cream (you can use more or less to your liking), about 1 cup shredded cheese, 4-6 crumbled bacon pieces, and more salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
  • Spoon mixture back into potato skins and throw away any excess skins. Sprinkle potatoes with remaining 1 cup shredded cheese.
  • Place back on the baking sheet and bake for 16–18 more minutes. Sprinkle with chives before serving.

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Notes

Make ahead of time. Follow the recipe as written through Step 8. Place the filled potatoes in a covered container and store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When you are ready to bake, place the potatoes on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees F for 15–20 minutes, or until hot and the cheese is bubbly.
Variations. Instead of bacon pieces, try rotisserie or buffalo chicken, diced ham, or cooked sausage.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 323kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 56mg, Sodium: 352mg, Potassium: 628mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 547IU, Vitamin C: 8mg, Calcium: 228mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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  1. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    My family and I love these potatoes! They’re so good, they’ve become a staple in our house, thank you for the recipe!