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November 7, 2011

The Crazy Cooking Challenge... and Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

I'm backkkkkk! I missed last month's Crazy Cooking Challenge, because my chocolate chip cookie recipe didn't turn out so well so I had to drop out at the last minute. But I'm back this month, baby! With a tasty one, too.

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This month we all had to post about a mashed potato recipe. I was all over that.... as you know I'm a potatoes kinda gurl. I love mashed potatoes, so it was so much fun trying to find the perfect mashed potato recipe to make. Man, I saw so many good ones. One day, I asked PJ which recipe he wanted to make... and listed like 5 mashed potato options which had made my final cuts, and he said he wanted to make all of them!!! (I agree!). But he ended up picking this delicious mashed potato casserole.

It's everything you love about a loaded baked potato... in mashed potato and casserole form. Plus I used evaporated milk, which made the mashed potato very creamy. And you guys already know my affinity for bacon. So this was a perfect side for us. We also didn't peel the potatoes due to laziness, but there's nothing wrong with a little potato skin in some mashed potatoes. And we seasoned the potatoes with salt and pepper to taste, once served. The recipe makes plenty, a full casserole dish worth, so we had some for leftovers the next day, too.

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole
from Simple Daily Recipes
  • 8 medium red potatoes (about 2.5 lbs total), cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 cup Carnation evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups (8 oz package) shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled, divided
  • 5 green onions, sliced
Place potatoes in a large pot. Cover with cold water and bring to a boil. Cook over medium-high heat for 20 minutes or until tender; drain.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a casserole dish with cooking spray.
Return potatoes to pot; add evaporated milk, sour cream, salt and pepper. Beat with hand held mixer or mash by hand until smooth. Stir in half the cheese and half of the bacon. Spoon mixture into the prepared casserole dish.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through. Top with remaining cheese and bacon, and green onions. Bake for an additional 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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*Note: the original recipe says that this can be assembled ahead of time up until the point of baking and refrigerated. When time to cook, cover it with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes. Uncover, top with cheese, bacon and green onions and then bake for an additional 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Shout out to Tina from Mom's Crazy Cooking for hosting this great challenge. Thanks for all you do... we couldn't do it without you! 


And if you would, please vote for your favorite (ahem) so the ultimate mashed potato recipe can be determined. Just click on the "like" button on my recipe your favorite mashed potato recipe in the blog hop below :) I'm #71!! (Yes, that means I am a procrastinator and finished my post later than most people).





And feel free to join in next month's Crazy Cooking Challenge... the theme for December is fudge! Oh yay, I have been in a fudge kinda mood lately. Won't you join me?


Peace, and bacon grease!


23 comments:

Sarah E. said...

*DROOL*

These look amazing!!!

Voted you up :)

Angie's Recipes said...

Great comfort food!

Erin said...

They look wonderful!!!

Denise said...

These look great !! Come check mine out I am number 16!!!

A Nest in the Rocks said...

These look good - so rich!

Sunshine said...

OMG! That looks so good! I love bacon too.

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laxsupermom said...

Yum! Potatoes are huge in our house because they're a wheat free starch. Yours look delicious! Thanks for sharing.

Faith said...

omg, i need to wipe the droll from my lips ... that looks so good! i must make!

Lisa~~ said...

Loaded mashed are always a hit in our home.

If you haven't already I'd love for you to check out my Crazy Cooking Challenge entry Aloo Tikki

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

Kim Bee said...

Wow great job on these. Looks super yummy. I had a blast with this one. First time joining you in the fun. Could not have asked for a better food to cover. lol

Miz Helen said...

Hi Desi,
Your Casserole looks awesome! Great recipe for the Crazy Cooking Challenge, it looks delicious! Hope you are having a great day.
Miz Helen
#8

Heather said...

I'm in again this month #31! Yours looks great!

Go Cincinnati!

Foodness Gracious said...

Well done Desi! I actually voted for you, that's how nice I am :)

Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl said...

Hee! Great minds think alike! This looks great!

Patti said...

You've got my vote Desi! These sound delish!~

rebecca @ beurrista said...

Now, the bacon makes this extra appealing!I like the loaded part.

Thanks for stopping by.

rebecca
#66

Kara said...

This looks and sounds amazing!!

Teri@thefreshmancook said...

This is everything I love and then some. What a great recipe!

Leah @ Beyer Beware said...

Oh YUM! Evaporated milk, onions, cheese, yes this will be made at our house. We are obsessed with add-ins in our potatoes! Obviously since I made Mexican mashed potatoes with lots of extras.

Jennifer said...

Bacon, cheddar and green onions are an amazing combination! Yum!

Jen #14
Jenny's Cookbook

The UDG said...

I use evaporated milk in my regular mashed potato recipe. Love how creamy they make them!

Lesa said...

Looks great! I love the combination of flavors.

Chris said...

Do me a favor and make me up a batch of that to go with the fire roasted wings we are having tonight? ha ha

This looks GREAT Desi.