I decided to try out a recipe I found in the Neighborhood Shopping supplement that was in my mailbox this week and ohmygosh was it tasty!!!
It is a recipe from Paula Deen Celebrates and I highly recommend it. We would probably suggest cutting back on the butter and I think I used potatoes that were too small because we didn't have enough taters in the dish. I followed the eight potatoes rule rather than the four pounds, I think.
Enjoy the Twice-Baked Potato Casserole
8 medium baking potatoes (about four pounds)
1 (8-oz) package cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 cup (one stick) butter, softened
1 pint sour cream
2 cups (1/2 pound) shredded sharp cheddar cheese (divided use)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup chopped chives for garnish (we used garlic chives from our herb garden)
6 slices bacon, cooked, crisp, drained and crumbled for garnish
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Pierce potatoes and place on baking pan. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, until very soft.
Peel and mash potatoes in large bowl with potato masher or back of fork (I put up the skins in the fridge to make potato skins for me this weekend!) Add cream cheese, butter, sour cream and one cup of cheddar. Stir well. Add garlic, salt and pepper, and stir again.
Spray a 13x9 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and place potato mixture in dish. (If you are doing early prep, you can put plastic wrap over dish and put in fridge till ready to cook.) I made mine immediately.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. If you had the casserole in the fridge, cook for 30 to 35 mintues until hot. I put mine straight in the oven from the counter-top prep and baked for 20 minutes. Once you take out of the oven after baking, sprinkle remaining one cup of cheddar over top of casserole and return to oven for about five minutes until cheese melts. Garnish with chopped chives and crumbled bacon before serving. Makes 10-12 servings.
Per serving: 446 calories
I highly recommend this dish. We served it with grilled pork chops. AoD makes some good pork chops!