Twice Baked Potato Casserole

Now, I’m well aware that I have said about a bajillion times “Andrew really loves this” or “this dish is fabulous!” and I really do mean all that! I’m not going to post anything for y’all to try unless it’s simply great! Trust me, I have tried my fair share of pure nastiness in between the good posts! This is another one of those wonderful things though! If you love loaded mashed potatoes or twice baked potatoes then this is the side for you! It’s so easy to make and is a huge hit with everyone! Ever since I first made this recipe I have had to take it to every family function.

Here’s What You Need:
-5lbs potatoes
-10 slices of cooked bacon (sometimes I’m lazy & don’t want to cook bacon for this so I use the Oscar Mayer Fully Cooked Bacon and it works just as well!)
-8 oz of cream cheese (1 package)
-1/2 cup melted butter
-1 cup sour cream
-1/4 cup chives (Most of the time I just buy the sour cream that comes with chives already in it!)
-2.5 cups shredded cheddar cheese
-2 teaspoons salt
-1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions:
-Preheat oven to 350
-Peel potatoes and cut into cubes
-Put potatoes in a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and then cook for about 20 minutes
-Drain & mash potatoes until fluffy
-Add cream cheese, butter, & sour cream to potatoes
-Add chives, 2 cups cheese, half the bacon (torn into little pieces), salt, & pepper to potatoes
-Transfer potatoes to a greased casserole dish and cover with cheese
-Bake for 30 minutes
-Garnish with bacon

I know the bacon has to be cooked and then torn into little pieces and it would seem easier to use bacon bits, but I don’t recommend doing this because they would be too dry and crunchy!

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