Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole - Country Crock Stars Contest
April 29, 2013
Is there anything better than finding a great casserole recipe? I mean, casseroles just make me think of delicious comfort food, probably passed down through an the generations. My mom's Sweet Potato Casserole is one of those - the second you taste it, you know it's the holiday season!
This Loaded Baked Potato Casserole is one that will be making regular appearances at family dinners - without a doubt. Someone always tries to make mashed potatoes and they're always... well, just ok. My Grandmother makes amazing mashed potatoes but darn her and her not measuring anything! We can never get it to taste like hers.
These are the BEST mashed potatoes I've had to date. No lie. And I really love the idea of making it into a casserole. It makes serving everything hot at the same time a lot more manageable. Cheddar Cheese, sour cream, and of course creamy Country Crock... comfort food at it's finest!
2.8 oz jar real bacon pieces (or 10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled)
4 green onions, sliced thin
2 teaspoons kosher salt
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. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Smash potatoes with the back of a wooden spoon, it's ok if there 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 at 350 for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and potatoes are heated through.
Irresistible! Do you have a favorite family casserole? Who did it originate from and how long has it been in your family? Do you still have the old recipe card? I hope to start that tradition with my kids someday!