1.5 pounds Red potatoes (any will work but I think red potatoes have the best flavor for this recipe)
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/3 cup sour cream
2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
1 cup shredded cheddar or cheddar-jack cheese
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Sliced green onions and crumbled cooked bacon (optional)
-Poke potatoes with fork twice, wrap in foil. Bake in a 350-degree oven for about an hour, until easily pierced by a knife. Leave the oven on.
-Mash potatoes with the skins ON in a bowl by hand. Add cream cheese, butter, sour cream, salt and pepper. Mix and mash some more! Spread in a 1-1/2 quart casserole dish. Top with cheese. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, until cheese is all melted. Top with sliced green onions and crumbled bacon if desired.
*The original recipe calls for warmed cream instead of cream cheese and no jalapenos or bacon. Both variations are great!*