I got this recipe from my aunt who is a great cook and baker. She even said that she would not normally use instant potatoes for anything, but it works great in this. It is very delicious and an easier version of a twiced baked potato.
2 pouches of Idahoan original mashed instant potatoes
1/2 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
5 slices bacon- cooked and chopped into bits
1-pkg of dry ranch dressing mix
Shredded cheddar cheese- approx half of a bag
Prepare instant potatoes according to instructions. Add sour cream, cream cheese, ranch mix, bacon, and generous handful of cheese. My measurements of the sour cream and cream cheese were approximate amounts, as I did not measure it. Please taste this and make adjustments if necessary. Pour into a 9 x 13 pan that has been sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Top with more shredded cheese. Bake for 20-30 minutes at 350.