A Cure For The Common Side Dish

Do you ever find that you are stuck in a rut when it comes to pairing up your meat dish with a side dish? Well, I too have that problem and I found a really great recipe for  Twice Baked Potatoes Casserole. I made it once and my family loved it! I don’t want to deprive them of these tasty potatoes, but this will be a once in awhile treat. We don’t want it to become ‘common’. This recipe is courtesy of foodpusher.com  If you enjoy this, find me on Pinterest for more fabulous recipes.

Twice-Baked Potatoes in a Dish

9 medium russet potatoes
4 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
4 tablespoons butter
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 to 1/2 cup milk (if potatoes are too thick)
1 jar bacon bits, or a half pound of bacon, fried and cut into bits, or cut into bits and fried (I used real bacon)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. Scrub and pierce potatoes several times with a sharp knife. Bake potatoes at 350° for about an hour, or until potatoes give when squeezed gently with an oven-mitted hand.

When potatoes are done, cut in half and carefully scoop out insides. Place potato insides in a large bowl or the bowl of a standing mixer. Mix briefly to break potatoes down a little. Add cream cheese, sour cream, butter, chopped garlic, and about 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon or so of pepper. Beat until thoroughly mixed, but don’t mix to the point of gumminess. If the mixture seems really thick, add up to 1/2 cup milk to smooth it out to the consistency of mashed potatoes.
Spray a large casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray. Spread potato mixture into  the prepared pan. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes at 325°.
Immediately after removing from oven, cover the top with 1 cup of cheese.  Then sprinkle with the bacon and sliced green onions, if desired.  Allow to sit for about 10-15 minutes before serving. The heat from the potatoes will melt the cheese perfectly.
Makes about 9-10 servings.

Leave a Reply