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The Pioneer Woman’s Twice Baked Potato Casserole

This Twice Baked Potato Casserole recipe from The Pioneer Woman is loaded with creamy mashed potatoes, bacon, cheese and bites of potatoes skins. PLUS, it’s make-ahead and freezer friendly!

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A close up image of a wooden spoon filled twice baked potato casserole in a casserole dish.

This recipe is everything, and I mean everything. I have always been a sucker for twice baked potatoes and making it in casserole form is just everything I need in life. Especially since you can make it two days ahead of time. 

As if the convenience of making it ahead of time isn’t enough, you can easily freeze leftovers! Read on for everything you need to know about this ultimate side dish idea!


  • Russet Potatoes- Starchy potatoes such as Russets or Yukon Gold are best when making mashed potato casserole. Avoid red or new potatoes as they tend to have a gluey consistency when mashed.
  • Canola Oil
  • Salted Butter
  • Sour Cream
  • Whole Milk
  • Cheddar Cheese- Shredded from a block at home for best results
  • Seasoned Salt
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Green Onions- to Garnish

How to Make it

  • Clean the potatoes, wipe completely dry. Rub with Canola oil.
  • Bake at 400° for 40 minutes.
  • Take butter, sour cream, and milk out of the fridge and allow to come to room temperature.

A baking tray with Russet potatoes next to a bowl of butter and sour cream for making twice baked potato casserole.

  • Cook bacon while the potatoes bake.
  • Remove potatoes from oven and wait until cool enough to handle.
  • Leave skins on 2 of the potatoes and peel the rest. Cut into thirds. 

Uncooked bacon in a pan next to a bowl of cooked and sliced russet potatoes.

  • Crumble the bacon. Add half of the bacon to the bowl of potatoes along with the milk, cream, butter, cheese, seasoned salt, salt and pepper. Mash until creamy.
  • Place in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Top with remaining bacon and additional cheese.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. Top with green onions and serve.

A bowl of mashed potatoes next to a casserole dish filled with twice baked potato casserole.

Make-Ahead Method

This casserole can be prepared up to two days ahead of time:

  • Assemble the casserole as noted in the recipe but hold off on baking and refrigerate ready to serve.
  • When you’re ready to bake,  cover the top and bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove the top, and bake for 25-30 minutes.

See below for instructions on heating it in the Crock Pot:

Crock Pot Method

Follow the instructions as outlined, but assemble the casserole in the Crock Pot instead of a casserole dish.

Heat on low for 2 hours or on high for 1 hour. Once the cheese is melted, switch it to warm.

If you’re reheating it from a cold state, add an additional 1-2 hours of heating time.


Storing Leftovers

-Leftovers should be stored in the refrigerator and is best if eaten within three days.

-If frozen, they are best if used within three months. 

Freezing Leftover Potato Casserole

-This potato casserole is perfect for freezing as the butter, sour cream, and whole milk help hold up the consistency. If the potatoes are a little watery when reheated, adding some additional butter or sour cream will help mitigate this.

  • Method #1: Freeze portion sizes in foil packets and place in a Ziploc freezer bag.
  • Method #2: Use a measuring cup to scoop portion sizes onto a plate and put the entire plate in the freezer for 1-2 hours. Stack the frozen potatoes on top of one another in a freezer bag.

It’s best to use the potatoes within three months of freezing.


Reheating Frozen Potatoes

Here is how to reheat these potatoes from a frozen state:

-Oven: Wrap the frozen potatoes in foil or place in an oven-safe covered dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or so. The exact amount of time depends on the portion size.

-Microwave: Place the frozen potatoes on a microwave-safe plate or bowl and heat for about 5 minutes at half power, stirring them occasionally. The exact amount of time depends on the portion size.

-TIP: This resource provides additional information and images regarding how to freeze, store, and reheat mashed potatoes.

A wooden spoon scooping out twice baked potato casserole topped with melted cheese, bacon, and green onions.

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The Pioneer Woman's Twice Baked Potato Casserole

4.98 from 48 ratings
This Twice Baked Potato Casserole recipe from The Pioneer Woman is an easy make ahead side dish idea for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any family dinner!


  • ½ pound bacon
  • 8 medium russet potatoes, Equal to about 6 pounds
  • 3 Tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 sticks salted butter, softened and sliced into cubes.
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, plus more for topping
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned salt
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Take out the butter, sour cream, and milk and set them aside, they shouldn’t be cold when combined with the potatoes.
  • Scrub the potatoes clean. Wipe them dry and rub them with canola oil. Place them on a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, until they can be easily sliced through.
  • While the potatoes bake, cook the bacon in a large pan slowly on low heat. As the edges begin to curl, use tongs to flip them over periodically until evenly cooked. Set them aside on a paper towel-lined plate to cool once finished.
  • Remove the potatoes from the oven and decrease the heat to 350 degrees.
  • Leave the skins on two of the potatoes and peel and discard the remaining skins. Cut each potato into thirds and add them to a large mixing bowl.
  • Crumble the cooked bacon and set some aside for topping the casserole. Add the rest to the mixing bowl along with the butter, sour cream, milk, grated cheese, seasoned salt, and salt and pepper.
  • Smash the potatoes with a potato masher until well-combined and creamy.
  • Add the potatoes to a lightly greased 9 x 13 baking dish.
  • Top the casserole with reserved bacon and additional shredded cheese.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes. Top with sliced green onions and serve!


Make-Ahead Method

-This casserole can be prepared up to two days ahead of time. You will prepare the entire casserole as noted in the recipe but you'll hold off on baking it until you're ready to serve it, and will need to refrigerate it until then.
-When you're ready to bake it, you'll want to cover the top and bake for 10-15 minutes. Then remove the top, and bake for 25 minutes.

Crock Pot Method

Follow the instructions as outlined, but assemble the casserole in the Crock Pot instead of a casserole dish.
Heat on low for 2 hours or on high for 1 hour. Once the cheese is melted, switch it to warm.
Garnish with green onions just before serving.


Calories: 317kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 38mg, Sodium: 693mg, Potassium: 832mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 339IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 159mg, Iron: 2mg

Source: The Food Network

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215 comments on “The Pioneer Woman’s Twice Baked Potato Casserole”

  1. I made this and it was delicious. My potatoes were small so I used 6#. This made 2 large pans, double the amount indicated. Good thing they were yummy.

  2. Hi.  I am assuming I can us dice ham instead of bacon.  My husband isn’t crazy about bacon.

  3. Hello Stephanie! Can I freeze these before baking for use later? I would assume I would refrigerate overnight and then maybe bake a little longer? Thanks for the response! 😊

  4. Thanks for the idea!! I added epicure seasonings (onion mix and ccb) and some other seasonings and everyone thought they were delicious! Love that it can be made ahead so I can warm this up while visiting with my company 

    • You’re very welcome Sam! I love that this can be made ahead of time too. Sometimes I make this as a side for holiday dinners. Always a crowd favorite. Thanks so much for the great comments!💖

  5. I made this for Christmas dinner last year and it was a big hit. Though everyone agreed that it needed more bacon.

  6. I have this prepped and sitting in my fridge, wishing my hubby would hurry up and get home from work because I really don’t think I can wait any longer 😂 it looks so dang good!!

  7. For my brother’s birthday dinner I made this recipe and was it ever a hit. The nice part about it was being able to make it ahead of time. This will be a forever recipe to refer too!

  8. Wow! The slider is too cool! I wish all recipes had this tool!

  9. Can you half this recipe? There are only 2 of us…

  10. Potatoes are awesome. Cooking again tonight. Twice in a week!!

    • That’s so great to hear Patsy! I’ve definitely made the same recipe twice in one week before lol. When you find something you like sometimes you just have to indulge. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review!❤️

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