Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole
- 5 pounds russet potatoes
- 1/2 cup butter
- 8 ounces cream cheese, cubed
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, divided
- 2.8-ounce jar real bacon pieces (or 10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled)
- 4 green onions, sliced thin
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
Level of difficulty Average
Cost Average budget
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Peel and chop potatoes, place into a large stockpot. Cover with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Test a larger piece by piercing with a fork to make sure they're cooked through and tender. Remove pot from heat, drain potatoes and place back in pot.
Smash potatoes with the back of a wooden spoon, it's ok if they’re are still chunks. Stir in butter and cubed cream cheese. Keep stirring until completely melted. Add in sour cream, 1 1/2 cups cheddar, 3 sliced green onions, salt, and bacon pieces (reserve 1/4 cup bacon pieces for topping).
Spread into a greased 3-quart baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cheddar, bacon pieces, and sliced green onion over top. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and potatoes are heated through.
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Chef Tips and Tricks
Combine summer zucchini with leftover mashed potatoes for a delicious, savory treat!
- 5 Potatoes
- 1.5 Cup shredded zucchini
- 3/4 Cup shredded cheese
- 3/ Cup milk
- 1/3 Cup coriander, chopped
- 1/3 Cup basil, chopped
- Parmesan, to sprinkle
- Salt and pepper, to season
- Chop the potatoes in half, boil until very tender and drain.
- In a bowl, combine the potatoes and zucchini. Add the grated cheese, milk, coriander, basil, salt and pepper, and mix thoroughly.
- On a baking tray, spoon out the zucchini-potato mixture and form into balls.
- Sprinkle with Parmesan and grated cheese, and bake at 350°F for 15 minutes.
- When golden, remove from oven... and enjoy!