If you’re in need of a comforting side dish that’s basically guaranteed to be a winner with even the pickiest of eaters, this loaded mashed potato casserole is what you’re seeking. Buttery, creamy and satisfying, this isn’t your average mashed potato side dish.
Packed with smokey bacon bits, cheese, sour cream and chives — just like a “loaded” baked potato — it’s easy to whip up and makes for a great addition to any holiday table.
Blogger Dinner at the Zoo can attest that these jazzed-up taters are easy to customize. She suggests adding things like jalapenos, garlic and fried onions to make it extra-special. Her version takes only an hour to make: 20 minutes to prep and 40 minutes to cook. Doesn’t get simpler than that!
Over at Natasha’s Kitchen, the blogger breaks down another loaded mashed potato casserole recipe in easy-to-follow steps with tips like allowing the potatoes to cool before adding cheese if you’re not baking it immediately. She suggests going with whatever cheese is your favorite, whether it be Mexican four cheese, Colby Jack or another equally tasty cheese.
Another take on the indulgent side dish? Mashing the potatoes with sour cream, as opposed to milk or cream cheese. Blogger Dinner then Dessert says that’s the key to getting the perfect texture of smooth, mashed potatoes.
She also suggests substituting half of the mashed potatoes with cauliflower if you’re trying to be extra healthy. Trust us, no one will be able to taste the difference! Not to mention, you’ll be sparing yourself a lot of extra calories and carbs using cauliflower instead.
Who’s ready to take mashed potatoes up a level or two?