- 15 minutes
- 45 minutes
Mashed potatoes are a holiday dinner staple. After all, it just doesn’t feel like a complete Thanksgiving or Christmas meal without this tasty side dish, right? So, with this recipe, we’re bringing the flavor of this classic creamy potato dish up a notch with the savory additions of shredded cheese and bacon, as well as a pop of freshness with sliced scallions. And for a little salty crunch, our Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole is topped with crushed potato chips. It’s a slightly new way to enjoy one of your favorite holiday food traditions that we’re sure your family will love!
Preheat the oven to 350°F and coat a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. Once the oven is preheated, cook the bacon strips for 15 to 25 minutes on a baking sheet, or until cooked through and crisp. Remove from the baking sheet and set aside on a paper towel-lined plate until cooled. Then, crumble the bacon.
- Fill a large pot with cold water. Add potatoes and salt. Place the pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until the potatoes are very tender, about 15 minutes.
Drain potatoes and return to pot. Mash potatoes and add milk, butter, sour cream, 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese, half of the bacon and half of the sliced scallions. Mix until thoroughly combined, but do not overmix.
Transfer the mixture to your prepared baking dish and top with remaining cheese, bacon and crushed potato chips. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the casserole is hot in the center and golden-brown on top.
Garnish with remaining scallions and serve.
*Recipe Tip: Make this ahead of time by preparing the recipe through step 3. Then, cover and refrigerate until ready to bake and continue with the recipe.