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Loaded Double Baked Potatoes + Baked Bean Chicken Casserole Recipes

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cooper Cheese for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

We are pretty traditional when it comes to Christmas. On Christmas Eve we go to church, and on Christmas Day we celebrate with our big, extended family. It’s a lot of fun…a lot! There is always a delicious ham, turkey, baked casseroles, pies and pastries for dessert (my grandmother makes a mean baklava), and everyone participates- it’s a pot luck of delicious food. My sister’s pecan pie is unmatched so that is usually her territory.

This year we are breaking tradition a bit though (actually, in a big way) because I’m hosting Christmas for the first time. Since I’m hosting, and cooking most of the food, and love cheese, I decided to try some recipes with Cooper Cheese that fits in perfectly with our Christmas dinner (either as appetizers and sides).

The best part about these recipes is they can easily be made again in the days after Christmas, with any leftover dinner ham or turkey. They were delicious in the practice run, so I hope my Christmas dinner guests love it too (and I’ve become a big fan of Cooper Cheese now!):

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Loaded Double Baked Potatoes Recipe

Ingredients
12 small russet potatoes
1 cup shredded Cooper Yellow American Cheese
1/2 lb honeybaked ham, cut into small pieces
1/2 lb turkey, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup sour cream
salt, pepper and rosemary to taste

cubed ham

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Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Baked potatoes in oven at 350 for one hour.
2. Slice potatoes in half and carve out inside from skin to mash.
3. Place mashed potato back into skin, and top with ham, turkey, or a combination. Layer shredded Cooper cheese and bake a few minutes, until cheese is slightly melted.
4. Remove from heat, add sour cream and seasoning to taste, and serve.

loaded baked potatoes appetizer

Everyone really liked these and were disappointed we didn’t make more than a dozen for the trial, pre-Christmas dinner run. They were really good!

Baked Beans Chicken Casserole

Ingredients
2 cups Great Northern beans
2 cups kidney beans
1 1/2 cups Cooper White American Cheese, shredded
1 cup cooked chicken, shredded
Olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

baked bean casserole

baked bean cheese casserole

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 325.
2. Combine two types of beans and olive oil in a bowl and mix together. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Add in chicken, and pour mixture into casserole dish. Top with Cooper White American cheese.
4. Bake at 325 for 20 minutes (or until cheese starts to turn golden) and remove from heat. Serve and enjoy!

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baked bean chicken casserole

Luckily I tried a few bites before my husband did, because he ate the whole thing. He said “Oh, I like it with this cheese on top, what is this?”…and I’m not kidding, he ate what amounted to about 4 cups of beans and almost two cups of cheese, the whole casserole dish full! And now we have two great appetizers ready to be made for our Christmas dinner with Cooper deli cheese.

Christmas dinner appetizers

Cooper cheese has been around since 1893, when I.C. Cooper, a prominent banker from Teresa, New York, began selling aged cheese under the Cooper label. In 1945, the Cooper Victory label was developed, as C.V. Sharp, in honor of World War II veterans. To this day, even after being acquired by Schreiber Foods in 1985, Cooper cheese has not changed- not even the packaging. They still deliver high quality products for 120 years.

cooper deli cheese

Cooper deli cheese is available in 3 varieties: White American, Yellow American and Cracked Black Pepper, and I had the opportunity to try all three to create some unique recipes to share with you. You can find Cooper deli cheese at A&P, Pathmark, Waldbaums, SuperFresh, Food Basics and Shoprite in the NY/NJ metro area, and will be on sale at A&P the week ending 12/21/13, so if you’d like to make my recipe, be sure to pick some up!

You can find Cooper Cheese on Facebook, follow @TheCooperCheese on Twitter and pinterest for more information and recipe ideas.

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  • Two great recipes here, thanks for sharing!! I think it will be fun to test these out!

  • Those potatoes are SO cute & I bet they are delicious! I hope you have a great Christmas, how fun to be hosting!

  • Both of those look amazing! And I bet they reheat really well, which is an added bonus.

  • Oooh those potatoes would be perfect for the hubs – he’s not a bean fan but I love them and so does the fam! I’m bringing dessert this year 🙂 well, I do every year!

  • I think my family would love the stuffed potatoes.

  • Twice baked potatoes are on my Christmas Eve menu. I might have to try your version. Yum!

  • Those little potatoes look delicious, I love baked potatoes but never thought to add meat to them! The bean look yummy too!

  • I’m a cheese freak, so these sound awesome to you.

  • Mellisa

    Cheese makes everything better! I love both of these recipes, especially the potatoes. YUM.

  • Yum! I love twice baked potatoes. I am a bit spoiled because my mom always cooks Christmas dinner, so I know we will likely have her mashed potatoes.

  • Those are two yummy and easy recipes.

  • LOL — your husband sounds like mine; mine would definitely polish off an entire casserole!

  • They both look toothsome and delicious!

  • Those potatoes look delicious.

  • These look so good! My husband and I love loaded baked potatoes.

  • Mickey

    They both look awesome! I’ll have to try them – thanks!

  • That looks absolutely delectable!

  • Oh wow they both look delicious! Going to have to pin them!

  • Yumm, These look great! I love cheese too and would love to try this.

  • Cheese certainly makes everything better. I especially like the fun twist on traditional baked potatoes.

  • Donna

    I’ve never heard of this brand of cheese before, but will look for it Your recipes look delicious! Merry Christmas, Penelope!

  • I love baked potatoes and those just look delicious. I don’t think I’ve seen that brand of cheese near us.

  • Those look really good! I’d love to nosh on them right about now 🙂 Seems like that’s a local brand? I don’t think I’ve heard of it before.

  • Penelope

    I thought the same thing because it was new to me too, but quite a few local markets carry it now that I know to look for it.

  • Those look so delicious! What great comfort food recipes!

  • Anything with cheese, I’m in!