Twice Baked Potatoes
4 large baker russet potatoes
1/2 cup half and half
1/2 cup sour cream
4 Tbsp butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp each paprika, garlic powder, onion powder
6 oz. freshly shredded medium cheddar cheese
6 slices bacon
2 green onions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Scrub and rinse potatoes clean and pierce potatoes several times on each side with a fork.
Place potatoes in preheated oven and bake 75 - 80 minutes until fully cooked through . Remove potatoes from oven and reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
Slice potatoes into halves. Use an oven mitt to hold potato halves and scoop potato flesh into a large mixing bowl . Transfer empty potato peels to a 13 by 9-inch baking dish or baking sheet .
Mash potatoes with a potato masher until no longer lumpy .
Add in half and half, sour cream, butter and season with salt and pepper to taste. Blend mixture together with a spoon while adding more half and half as needed to thin.
Scoop mixture into potato peels. Sprinkle with cheddar.
In a small bowl whisk together paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Sprinkle seasoning evenly over potatoes.
Bake in preheated oven until cheese has melted and potatoes are heated through, about 10 - 15 minutes. Sprinkle with bacon and green onions and serve warm.