Weekends are meant for delicious casseroles. Don’t you agree? They also make an awesome side dish with your Thanksgiving dinner. Oh, let the yumminess begin! Are you guys with me? It’s comfort food season. Don’t say that I didn’t warn you. Simple casseroles just like my Loaded Mashed Potatoes will have everyone at the dinner table asking for more. I guess you can say that we love us some mashed potatoes. -And if it was up to my family, they would request it daily if they could.
With so many different cooking variations available for potatoes, it makes them so hard not to pass up because no matter how you cook them, they are so good. But I will say, Loaded Mashed Potatoes are certainly one of our favorites. My, my, my, melted sharp cheddar cheese along with a mixture of colby and monterey jack cheeses on mashed potatoes then topped with crunchy maplewood bacon it’s beyond heavenly. Honestly, it’s a one bowl fiesta going on here.
So with Thanksgiving coming, I wanted to share with you, The Best! Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole.
With this recipe, I wanted to create a side dish that is easy enough to prepare and with little or no effort at all. So that is why I decided to use baking potatoes for this casserole. Not only do they taste delish but these babies are so easy to peel. -And since I am boiling then baking them, it’s the better choice.
First, you need to grab a large pot, fill your pot with hot water then place it on the stove on high heat. Begin by peeling your potatoes. For this recipe, it calls for five pounds of potatoes but if your party size is larger, feel free to add more so everyone has a large helping at dinner. But I will say, for my family of six, five pounds of potatoes was way more than enough to go around. But just in case you have hungry guests, more is actually a good thing to have.
After peeling, I cut each potato in half then placed them inside my boiling water. While your potatoes are boiling (10 minutes or until tender) add a pinch of kosher salt. In the meantime, in a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat. Remove your cooked bacon and let drain on paper towels.
Preheat your oven to 350°. Spray your baking dish with cooking spray.
Once your cooked potatoes are tender, drain the water then return potatoes back to your pot. With using your potato masher, mash until to desired consistency. Add then mix together sour cream, warm milk, two teaspoons of bacon drippings with your potatoes.
Next, take your baking dish and spoon in your mashed potatoes. Add one cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese, one cup of colby and monterey jack shredded cheese on top of your mashed potatoes. Add crumbles of bacon pieces then cover and bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is fully melted. Remove from the oven and sprinkle green onions on top and serve hot.
This potato casserole is jam packed with all the goodness just like a loaded baked potato. You truly can not go wrong with serving it this Thanksgiving. But I will say, you will not wait until then to make it. It’s one of those, I must have it now recipes. Just think of it as doing some taste testing before that big dinner comes. Oh, and I am sure that your family would not disagree. Hahaha
Needless to say, they will be happy that you did.
What are some of your favorite casseroles to make during the weekend or for the holidays?