This is a recipe I have been making for years, and one day decided to put a little twist on it by adding a crunchy topping to it using corn flakes like with my party potatoes, but for added flavor added French Fried onion rings like in the green bean casserole, it has all the goodness of twice baked with a festive flair from the chopped red Bell peppers. The cheese, bacon and sour cream & other ingredients really does bring it all together, and it looks stunning when you bring it to the table. Great for any occasion, not just on holidays.
PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 DEGREES F.In a large zip lock bag, Crush corn flake crumbs with french fried onion rings & 6 tablespoons of melted butter, and set aside till needed. Microwave or bake in oven the potatoes, then carefully scoop away potato from shell leaving at least 1/4 inch along sides of potato to hold it's shape. Add remaining scooped out potato to a large bowl.
Crumble bacon or use a food processor or blender. Mix potatoes & other ingredients together with 2 cups of the shredded cheese, including crumbled bacon, and spoon into potato shells or use a buttered casserole dish if desired. Sprinkle with additional paprika. Top with extra shredded cheese and crumb mixture then bake in preheated oven for 25 to 35 minutes till heated through.
If you have extra potato mixture left over, add it to a buttered casserole dish and bake as directed above. You can share it with a neighbor or save for another meal.
Once cooked, garnish tops with additional chopped red bell pepper, & chopped chive if desired.Accent with leafy greens if desired.