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Twice Baked Potatoes

June 10, 2024

Crisp bacon, green onions, blue AND cheddar cheese, sour AND heavy cream all smashed into creamy potatoes—our recipe for twice baked potatoes is here to win your heart forever.


close up of twice baked potatoes topped with melted cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, fresh scallions, and blue cheese

Blue Cheese and Bacon—Yes, I’m Listening.

Simple twice baked potatoes can be as easy as folding a little sour cream and cheddar cheese into mashed potatoes and loading that dairy-laden mixture back into your scooped out baked potato skins. However, we’re card-carrying subscribers to the “more is more” school of thought, so we’ve turned hum-drum twice-baked potatoes into the BEST twice baked potatoes ever thanks to the addition of sharply savory blue cheese and plenty of crisp, crumbled bacon. Great as a side with dinner, an appetizer and you’ll definitely want to serve them alongside some of our other Super Bowl favorites come game day.

close up of twice baked potatoes topped with melted cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, fresh scallions, and blue cheese

What Is a Twice Baked Potato?

You’re never going to believe this, but a twice baked potato is a potato that is, in fact, baked twice! The first bake is simply to cook the potato—an hour at 400°F and you’ve got yourself a regular old, baked potato.

The second bake, however, is when things get interesting. After that initial bake, the russet potatoes should be fork-tender—soft enough that you can simply scoop out the insides. Then those starchy potato insides are gently mixed with the cheesy, creamy, delicious things of your choice and the resulting creamy mashed potatoes are spooned back into their scooped-out skins and baked once more.

ingredients laid out for twice baked potatoes; cheese, scallions, blue cheese, russet potatoes, milk, sour cream and bacon

The Best Twice Baked Potatoes the Internet Has Ever Seen.

Sure, there are loads of double stuffed potato recipes out there. But here are three very excellent reasons that our twice baked potato recipe is the best of the best:

  1. TWO KINDS OF CHEESE. Blue cheese AND cheddar. Because, why not?
  2. BACON. Since bacon exists, why not add it to your twice baked potatoes?
  3. TWO KINDS OF CREAM. Sour cream AND heavy cream. Sour for its delicious tang, and heavy cream for its ability to make potatoes so luxuriously silk.
baking sheet of potatoes with the filling scooped out of the skins
baking sheet of potato skins filled with twice baked potato filling
baking sheet of twice baked potatoes topped with yellow cheddar cheese
Twice baked potatoes topped with melted cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, fresh scallions, and blue cheese

How Do You Heat Up Twice Baked Potatoes?

Twice baked potatoes are a superstar main dish or side dish for many reasons, not the least of which is the fact that they’re easy to make ahead. The potatoes can be baked and filled one day ahead of when you plan to serve them. Just cover them with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you’re ready to use them. Bring them to room temperature and heat the oven to 400°F before doing the second bake.

plate of twice baked potatoes topped with melted cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, fresh scallions, and blue cheese

Tools You’ll Need To Make These Easy Twice Baked Potatoes:

close up of twice baked potatoes topped with melted cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, fresh scallions, and blue cheese

Other Potato Recipes We Love:

Loaded with nutrients and oh-so-satisfying, we have a special place in our hearts for these lumpy tubers. Here are a few of our favorite potato recipes:

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Twice Baked Potatoes

  • Serves: 8
  • Prep Time:  30 min
  • Cook Time:  1 hr 20 min
  • Calories: 489


  • 4 large russet potatoes (about 2 pounds)
  • ¾ pound bacon, cooked roughly chopped
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 4 green onions, white and green parts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F with a rack in the center position. Line a rimmed sheet pan with parchment.

  2. Prick each potato 6 or 7 times with a fork, then arrange them on the prepared sheet pan. Bake until fork tender, about 60 minutes. Let cool for about 5 minutes.

  3. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F.

  4. Cut the potatoes in half. Keeping the potato skins intact, use a spoon to scoop out the inside of the potatoes and transfer to a large bowl. Arrange the skins on the prepared sheet pan.

  5. To the bowl with the potatoes, add ¾ of the bacon, 1 cup cheddar, half of the blue cheese, sour cream, heavy cream, ¾ of the green onions, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Mix until fully combined.

  6. Spoon the potato mixture into the skins, dividing evenly. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted, 15-20 minutes.

  7. Top with remaining blue cheese, remaining bacon and remaining green onions. Serve warm.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories489
  • Protein20 g
  • Carbohydrates18 g
  • Total Fat39 g
  • Dietary Fiber3 g
  • Cholesterol83 mg
  • sodium1052 mg
  • Total Sugars2 g

Twice Baked Potatoes

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  • Jenn

    My family went crazy over these!

    That's great to hear!