Twice-Baked Potatoes Casserole


This twice-baked potatoes casserole has all the classic fixings in a creamy, smooth casserole. It can be prepped ahead of time, making it perfect for your next big gathering.

Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr

Can I Microwave the Potatoes?

Yes, you can! To microwave them, pierce the potatoes all over with a fork and place them on a large microwave-safe plate, omitting the oil. Microwave on High until tender, about 20 minutes.

Should I Peel the Potatoes?

There's no need to peel the potatoes. Potato skin is edible, nutritious and fiber-rich. Leaving the potato skins on adds texture to the casserole, as well.

What to Serve with Twice-Baked Potatoes Casserole

This crowd-pleasing side dish can be prepared for a holiday meal or a weeknight dinner and pairs well with many main dishes, including Roasted Chicken with Pan Gravy, Rosemary-Garlic Pork Chops, Skillet Steak with Mushroom Sauce, Walnut-Rosemary Crusted Salmon and Horseradish-Crusted Beef Tenderloin. Serve with a side salad to complete the meal.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez

Twice-Baked Potatoes Casserole
Photographer: Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist: Christine Keely, Food Stylist: Karen Rankin


  • 3 pounds medium russet potatoes, scrubbed

  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • cup reduced-fat cream cheese

  • ¼ cup sour cream

  • 1 ½ cups whole milk

  • 1 ½ cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided

  • 5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled, divided

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced scallions, plus more for garnish

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F and line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Rub potatoes with oil and pierce all over with a fork. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake until tender, about 1 hour. Let cool slightly, about 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk cream cheese and sour cream together in a medium bowl until smooth; gradually whisk in milk until well incorporated.

  3. Coat a 9-by-13-inch ceramic baking dish with cooking spray. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and roughly chop the halves. Place the chopped potatoes in a large bowl and, using a potato masher, mash until mostly smooth. Gradually add the milk mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Add 1/2 cup Cheddar, 1/4 cup bacon, scallions, salt and pepper; stir until well combined. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 cup Cheddar.

  4. Bake until the cheese is melted and the edges are browned, about 25 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining bacon. Garnish with scallions, if desired.

    Twice-Baked Potatoes Casserole
    Photographer: Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist: Christine Keely, Food Stylist: Karen Rankin


Large rimmed baking sheet, 9-by-13-inch ceramic baking dish, potato masher

To make ahead

Prepare through Step 3, cover and refrigerate for 8 to 12 hours. Continue with Step 4, but bake for an additional 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

189 Calories
7g Fat
24g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Serving Size 2/3 cup
Calories 189
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 9g 18%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Vitamin A 329IU 7%
Vitamin C 8mg 9%
Vitamin D 16IU 4%
Folate 19mcg 5%
Vitamin K 7mcg 6%
Sodium 357mg 16%
Calcium 264mg 20%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 30mg 7%
Potassium 525mg 11%
Zinc 1mg 9%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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