Twice Baked Potatoes are the perfect holiday side dish. A baked potato shell is stuffed with Cheddar and Pepper Jack cheese, sour cream and bacon bits.
Place the potatoes on a baking sheet. Rub them with some olive oil, sprinkle with salt and bake for about 50 minutes. The potatoes should be tender inside if you poked with a fork. Remove the potatoes from the oven. Lower the heat to 350 degrees F.
With a sharp knife, cut each potato in half lengthwise. Scrape out the insides into the mixing bowl, being careful not to tear the shell. Leave a small rim of potato intact for support, about 1/4 inch of flesh on the sides. Lay the hollowed out potato shells on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.
Add the scooped potato interiors to a large mixing bowl. Add milk, sour cream, minced garlic, chopped green onions, bacon bits and softened butter, stir well to combine.
Put them back in the oven for another 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees F.
Serve with extra toppings if desired: chopped green onion, chives, bacon crumbs and sour cream.