Its not that they are hard, they just aren't one of those things that you throw in a pan, stir and call dinner (which is what I seem to be looking for these days) BUT they are WORTH the effort, THEY TASTE fabulous and I get a lot of compliments when I make them....SO yes, YOU SHOULD MAKE THEM!
Cheesy Twice Baked Potatoes
6 large baking potatoes
1 c. milk
4 T butter (real butter)
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 c. cheese, divided
1 lb bacon, cooked and crumbled, divided
1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
Scrub potatoes. Pierce the skin with a fork. Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour. Allow potatoes to sit OVER NIGHT in the fridge.
NEXT DAY....scoop cut potatoes in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the "guts", leaving only the skin ( with a small amount of potato around the edges). Place skins on a cookie sheet. Put potato "guts" in a large bowl (I used my kitchen aide) add milk, cream cheese, 1 c. cheese, 1/2 the crumbled bacon, seasonings. Whip with mixer until combined and stirred completely together. Put mixture BACK into potatoes. Divide evenly between potato skins. Top with remaining cheese and bacon crumbles. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until insides are warm/ hot and bubbly. Serve HOT!
*We ate these for the MAIN COURSE at dinner, but they make a great side dish as well.