Potato side dishes take on many forms: mashed, baked, roasted, boiled, loaded, etc. No matter how they’re cooked and served, potatoes are definitely one of my favorite side dishes. They’re also a great comfort food!
When it comes to baked potatoes, I like mine “fully loaded” with bacon, cheese, sour cream, chives, and maybe even some ranch dressing (don’t judge until you try it). However, if you’re cooking for lots of people, it’s quite a task to make that many individual baked potatoes. That’s why I was so glad when I discovered this casserole recipe! It’s got all the delicious flavor of a loaded baked potato, but in casserole form. It’s got a creamy mashed potato consistency topped with all the goodies you’d want.
This dish serves lots of people, so it’s great for family get togethers! This would be an excellent side dish to serve for a 4th of July cookout in a few days! Nothing says ‘Murica like bacon, cheese, and potatoes.
- 2 1/2 - 3 lb of medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
- 1 cup evaporated low fat milk
- 1/2 cup light sour cream
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 cups (8-oz. pkg.) shredded 2% cheddar cheese, divided
- 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled, divided (I used 8 slices cuz I love bacon)
- Sliced green onions
- Place potatoes in large saucepan. Cover with water; bring to a boil. Cook over medium-high heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender; drain.
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease 3-quart casserole dish.
- In a large bowl, combine potatoes, evaporated milk, sour cream, salt and pepper. Beat with hand-held mixer until smooth. Stir in 1 1/2 cups cheese and half of bacon. Spoon mixture into prepared casserole dish.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until heated through. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese, remaining bacon and green onions. Bake for an additional 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.
This casserole can be assembled ahead of time and refrigerated. Cover with foil and bake at 350° F for 40 to 45 minutes or until heated. Uncover; top with cheese, bacon and green onions; bake for an additional 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Source: Very Best Baking