Thursday, November 21, 2013

Roasted Garlic Twice Baked Potato Casserole




The last couple of weeks the family has taken turns with this cold that is going around. I, of course, seem to have gotten the worst of it. I don't know why. I take my vitamins, drink my water, yet whatever bug that goes around seems to glue itself to me.

Even though I am sick, the show must go on right? Everyone still gets hungry, and look to me when that happens. My kids still want to have our family nights, and Kevin wants something warm to eat when he gets home.

Really, I don't mind it. I still think about cooking, even when I am sick.


So this week I was planning out some meals that wouldn't be to tough, but taste good and have that "comfort" feeling. I had another jar of my Pumpkin BBQ Sauce in the fridge, so for family night I decided to do some oven baked pork chops with BBQ sauce and this casserole alongside. 

It was just good ol' comfort food at it's best!

Once the food hit the plates, and the forks hit their mouths it was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. I love those moments. You just know the food is good when no one wants to take a break from eating to say a word!



Roasted Garlic Twice Baked Potato Casserole


  • 4 medium russet potatoes
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 head of garlic, roasted
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 slices thick cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh chives, chopped



Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 

Peel away the outer layers of the garlic bulb skin, leaving the skins of the individual cloves intact. Using a knife, cut off 1/4 to a 1/2 inch of the top of cloves, exposing the individual cloves of garlic.

Drizzle the garlic with olive oil and wrap in aluminum foil.

Scrub and pierce potatoes several times with a sharp knife. Place the potatoes and garlic on a cookie sheet, or directly on the oven rack, and cook for about an hour, turning half way through, or until potato skins are crispy, but the inside gives way when pierced with a fork.

Meanwhile heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the bacon until crisp. Remove to a paper towel with a slotted spoon. Reserve.

Allow the potatoes and garlic to cool a bit. Then remove the roasted garlic by squeezing it carefully into a large bowl. Cut the potatoes in half and scoop the cooked flesh into the bowl. Add the roasted garlic, butter, marscapone cheese, salt, and pepper. Mash until well blended (can add a bit of milk if the potatoes are too thick). Do not over mash or mixture will get gummy. Adjust seasoning if needed.

Spoon the potato mixture into a casserole dish, and bake for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with the shredded cheese. Return to the oven long enough for the cheese to melt. Remove and top with the bacon bits and chopped chives.

Serves 4

ENJOY!!




28 comments:

  1. Oh my this looks so easy and delicious. I'm going to make your version for my son and substitute cauliflower for the potatoes to make a Keto version for me! Can hardly wait to try this!

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    1. I have done a combo cauliflower/potato one before. I hope he likes it!!

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  2. Looks so good! I want to eat the photo! I am a huge bacon, potato and garlic lover! I am gonna try to make this!

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    1. I love it when a photo "speaks" to someone :)

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  3. Oh my, that sounds really really good! Unless I can figure out how to make that in single portion size (I live alone)-I may have to pass-although I really do want some of that right now!

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    1. Just cut the recipe in 4ths. One potato, one green onion, etc.. :)

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  4. This is a dish that everyone in my house would go nuts over! It sounds soooo good.

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  5. This dish looks delicious. I love that it contains potatoes and that it is easy to make. As a Working Mom, I appreciate easy dishes to prepare that my whole family will love.

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    1. Exactly! Who wants to spend hours in the kitchen?

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  6. That dish looks absolutely scrumptious! Potatoes are one of my faves so I definitely gotta try this!

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  7. That looks amazing, I definitely want to try it.

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  8. I might be able to win our family cookoff with this dish. It looks and sounds so good. I just told my hubs a couple of days ago we need to roast garlic and use it as butter. Not sure if we will like it or not.

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    1. Oh I sure hope he tries it Terry! YUMMINESS!!!

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  9. This looks and sounds so delicious...comfort food at its finest. :)

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  10. this looks so yummy. too bad i can't get bacon very easily here ... :(

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    1. You can swap another cured meat if you can find it. Or order real bacon bits from online :)

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  11. Oh my goodness, that looks absolutely delicious!! We are huge potato fans! Yum!

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  12. I love potatoes! This looks like it is right up my ally! I am pinning to make real soon!

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  13. Holy cow, this looks utterly amazing!!!! I am SO making it!

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  14. This sounds delicious! I would have to get rid of the cheese, but the rest is so yummy! This would go great with the chicken I'm making tonight!

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  15. This will be a bit hit in my household. My family would love it just like it is with no additions or subtractions. Can't wait to make it.

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  16. This would be awesome to make for Thanksgiving. My son told me all I really needed to make was potatoes anyway.

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  17. This sounds delicious! I love garlic and my family LOVES potatoes. The two together makes the perfect combo. I think I might try and make this for thanksgiving. Thanks for the recipe.

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  18. This dish looks so good! I love potatoes and think this would be a great way to try an old favorite.

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  19. Ohh, I love twice baked potatoes, but add garlic and make it into a casserole?! I'm sure I would love it even more!

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