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Twice baked potatoes are a favorite around here. Everyone likes them because they take something simple like a baked potato and turn it into something extra special. I like them because they taste good, but also because they are easy to make and freeze fabulously. I love having this quick and easy side dish to pull out of the freezer.
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We eat potatoes a lot, at almost every meal in fact since they are an inexpensive way to fill up hungry tummies and can be prepared in a variety of ways. Serving both a potato and a bread item at every meal are just a couple of the ways that I can feed my family of nine on a dime. My brand new Ebook, How to Be Frugal: How to Be Frugal Online, In the Store, and In Your Home, is full of all my best money saving tips – these included!
The next time you’ve got potatoes on the menu plan, try these twice baked potatoes. I know your family will love them as much as mine does!
For this recipe you will need:
- 15 medium baked potatoes (I like to bake mine for this recipe because when they are made in the microwave, they are more moist. I find they don’t freeze as well that way)
- 16 ounces sour cream (I use lite)
- 4 Tablespoons melted butter
- 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 package crumbled bacon
- salt and pepper to taste
Bake your potatoes and let cool, but only slightly. Then, cut them in half lengthwise so they resemble what my kids call, “boats.” Scoop out almost all of the insides, leaving just a slight rim around the outside so they don’t become too flimsy.
To the inside of the potatoes, add the remaining ingredients, reserving just a bit of the cheese for topping.
When everything is mixed well, fill the skins with the potato mixture. Top with a few sprinkles of the cheese.
If you are freezing, this is the point where you will stop. I like to wrap each one in plastic wrap individually and then neatly place them all into a gallon sized freezer bag.
If you are pulling them right from freezer, put them in a 375 degree oven until they are warmed through. Depending on the size of the potato, this could be between 15 and 25 minutes.
When baking freshly made potatoes, they will only take 5-10 minutes in a 375 degree oven. You are really just melting the cheese and heating everything through.