Twice Baked Potato Casserole

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If you are craving comfort food, then we have got a recipe that will hit the hunger spot: twice baked potato casserole. This cheesy melt-in-your-mouth dish is provided by Trish, the author of Mom on Timeout. An electrical engineer by training, Trish is now a full time foodie blogger who whips up the tastiest and healthiest recipes for her two boys. Thankfully for us, she is sharing her recipes online, as well as DIY projects and more.

The recipe for this dish is exactly what its name sounds like: you bake the potato twice, and turn it into a casserole. Trish recommends, and I agree with her, that you keep the skin on the potato for both rounds of baking. The skin is what gives this comfort dish a crispy edge. But you can also do this recipe without the skin, but just make to leave it on for the first round of baking. For the second round, the potatoes are seasoned and flavored, and the cheesy casserole topping added on top. After this round of baking, you just add your family's favorite garnishes and serve. Or, you can make little dishes of all different kinds of toppings and set them on the table. Make dinner a help yourself affair. The kids will love it and it allows everyone to have their favorite combination.

There are so many advantages to a buffet dinner. It is fun, for one thing, and can bring the family together over a meal, which is always great. It allows each person to put together his or her favorite combo meat rich for the meat lovers, vegetarian combinations for the vegetarians, and a mixed bag for those who just love to eat. Chopped veggies, extra cheese, olives, onions, seasoned cooked beef or chicken are just some of the great additions you could serve along side of the potato casserole. You can even have people prepare seconds of their favorite combos and pop them in to Ziploc bags to take for lunch the next day. They get what you want, your entire dinner gets gobbled up, and you have less work to do. It's a win-win for everyone.

Note that in this recipe the bacon in the cheesy topping should also be cooked and prepared prior to baking. Bacon strips can be cooked easily with an oven. Just make sure that the oven is not pre-heated, and return to the oven periodically to make sure the bacon is not on fire! And to avoid overcooking your bacon, remove it from the cooking rack immediately upon leaving the oven.

This super comfort food will likely be irresistible, and before you know it you finished all 8 servings by yourself. That's ok! No one can resist this dish any way, and fortunately this dish is already very healthy. But you can feel even less guilty by substituting some of ingredients listed with low-fat versions, such as mayonnaise and sour cream.

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Nutrition Facts for: Twice Baked Potato Casserole From Mom On Time Out
Ingredients: Potatoes, olive oil, kosher salt, bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, green onions, salt, pepper.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 294, Calories from Fat 118, Total Fat 13.1g 20%, Saturated Fat 6.5g 33%, Cholesterol 30mg 10%, Sodium 1062mg 44%, Potassium 921mg 26%, Carbohydrates 34.5g 11%, Dietary Fiber 5.4g 22%, Sugars 2.8g, Protein 10.8g, Vitamin A 8%,Vitamin C 73%, Calcium 23%, Iron 8%

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