Anyone that loves twice baked potatoes will absolutely love this dish. It has all the tasty goodness that is in the original....but all in one dish. This is a great idea for a party/buffet.
8 medium baking potatoes (about 4 pounds)
1 pkg, 8 ounces, cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cp (1 stick) butter, softened
2 cps (1/2 pound) shredded, sharp cheddar cheese
1 pint sour cream
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 & 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 cup chopped chives...for garnish
6 slices bacon, cooked until crisp, drained, and crumbled...for garnish
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pierce potatoes and place on baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour and
1 minutes, until very tender.
2. Peel potatoes and mash in a large bowl with masher. Add cream cheese, butter, 1 cup of the
cheddar cheese, and the sour cream. Stir well, then add garlic, salt and pepper, and stir again.
3. Spray a 13x9 baking dish and fill with potatoes (at this point, the dish can now be covered
with plastic wrap and refrigerated until ready to bake).
4. To bake, remove plastic and bake 30 to 35 minutes, until hot. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of
cheddar cheese over the top and return to oven for 5 more minutes, until cheese melts. Garnish
with chives and bacon before serving.