Love twice baked potatoes but not all the work that goes into them? This Twice Baked Potato Casserole is just the solution you’ve been looking for! A perfect make ahead side dish for your holiday with creamy, cheesy and bacon topped potatoes.
We are just T-minus 10 days until Thanksgiving and are you ready yet? My brother is hosting this year but I’m co-cooking with him and he’s already emailed me a rough outline of the menu and a schedule for Wednesday and Thursday. Yes that’s right we start the day before, you must when you’re hosting sixteen people! Although honestly, if I remember correctly my mom would start prep way before just the day before the holiday, she’d get things going almost up to a week before Thanksgiving.
I clearly come from a family of planners. It’s a good thing when it comes to cooking big meals for a lot of people – you can’t rush these things and cram it all into one day of cooking. You’ll get stressed out, burn something (or yourself) and inevitably forget a dish or two.
Of course with such a large gathering, comes a smattering of side dishes. You can’t have small servings here or there of just one or two items, you need a lot! Now in general stuffing holds high regards at the Thanksgiving table, but it gets pretty stiff competition from mashed potatoes. Creamy, buttery and light and fluffy – I’ll pile those high on my plate and more or less forget about anything else at the table.
Most of us know, for perfect mashed potatoes it’s best to make them the day of with just a gentle reheating right before dinner. What if there’s a way to get your mashed potato fix in and prep it days ahead? It is possible I say and it can be done with the twice baked potato.
Oh I know, it always seems like a lot of work but with a little planning, it’s not so difficult after all and it can be easily made on a large scale! After all, how can you not love everything about it? Twice Baked Potatoes really are the original mash-up – a perfect baked potato stuffed with creamy and cheesy mashed potatoes.
To make this meal a success, you of course need the right potato and that’s an Idaho® Potato. Bags of Idaho Burbank Russet Potatoes can be found in my house this time of year from baking, roasting, mashed potato and latke making. They really are a must for the holidays.
With the right potatoes in hand, we scrub them clean, let them bake in the oven and scrape out the fluffy potatoes on the inside. Saving the skins, you lay them down in your favorite casserole dish to be filled with the mashed potato topping and this is the point where you stop!
Wrap it up, tuck it away in the refrigerator until meal time the next day or even the day after! Before you are ready to go, add the finishing touches and twice bake away. Time is saved, you get an impressive potato dish your table and your guests will think you slaved all day long on this dish!
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