These loaded mashed potatoes are a popular comfort food recipe that is loaded with creamy potatoes, sour cream, shredded cheese, crispy bacon, green onions, and more. A delicious side dish perfect for any occasion and a great make-ahead recipe.
If you’re a fan of mashed potatoes, then you’re going to love this recipe. This mashed potato bake takes traditional mashed potatoes and makes them extra creamy, then they’re loaded with bacon, cheese, and green onions. They’re a feast for any potato lover. I’ve been making this mashed potato recipe for years. it’s one of a few kicked-up mashed potato recipes that I cycle through for family dinners and special events. It’s a super simple recipe that’s loaded with flavor. That means I can serve up a dish that impresses everyone without spending an impressive amount of time in the kitchen. It’s a win-win for everyone!
If you’re a parent, this recipe is even better because it makes a great afterschool snack for the kids and their friends. These mashed potatoes are so loaded with flavor that the kids get a filling, delicious snack that takes nothing more than about a minute in the microwave. They also make a great side for dinner the next night, as well!
Loaded Mashed Potatoes
This delicious mashed potato bake starts with red potatoes. Now, you might know that normally, you wouldn’t want a starchy potato like this for mashed potatoes, but in this recipe, that stiff texture holds up to all the mixing and baking, resulting in a hearty mashed potato dish with a great texture. To the potatoes, we add sour cream, butter, and evaporated milk to make them super rich. And finally, crispy bacon, green onions, and an absolute mountain of cheese are added to create mashed potatoes that could almost be a meal on their own!
Why You’ll Love These Loaded Mashed Potatoes
- It’s a delicious side dish that all the classic loaded baked potato ingredients.
- It’s a cheesy and flavorful potato recipe loaded with creamy red potatoes, cheese, sour cream, crispy bacon, and green onions.
- And, it’s a great make-ahead recipe that’s perfect for busy weeknights, potlucks, and holiday gatherings.
Loaded Mashed Potatoes Tips and Variations
If you love easy, then this is the recipe for you. I just have a couple of tips to keep in mind while you make it. I also have some variations that I think you’ll enjoy, as well.
- Always mash your potatoes while they’re piping hot. This helps the added ingredients melt into the potatoes and allows the flavors to meld more readily.
- An electric mixer is your friend with this recipe unless you’re overdue for an arm workout.
- I love the way red potatoes work in this recipe, but you can use any kind of potato you like. Traditional baking potatoes like Yukon Gold and russet potatoes work very well.
- Try using your favorite cheese. Some excellent options include Colby Jack and Cheddar Jack.
- Cooked breakfast sausage mixed into these potatoes adds a wonderful flavor.
What to Serve with Loaded Mashed Potatoes
These delicious potatoes work well with almost any dish you can think of. Rather than listing each and everyone, I’ll give you the broad strokes and you can go from there.
- Pot roast
- Pork Chops
- Pork Roast
- Fried chicken
- Almost anything
Loaded Mashed Potatoes FAQ
If you have questions about this recipe, then read on. The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about loaded mashed potatoes.
What are loaded mashed potatoes?
They’re any mashed potato dish with more than simply cream and butter added. These potatoes are typically mixed with cheese, sour cream, green onions or chives, and some sort of meat like bacon or sausage.
Can you make this ahead of time?
You sure can! Bake this dish and then store it in the refrigerator until the next day. Then, bake in the oven until its hot when ready to serve.
Why do you put milk in mashed potatoes?
Milk adds creaminess and more flavor to the mashed potatoes than water.
Can you freeze mashed potatoes?
You can, and it works wonderfully. Just chill them completely, place them in an airtight, freezer-safe container or heavy-duty freezer bag, and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
How long will mashed potatoes last in the refrigerator?
Mashed potatoes will keep well in an air-tight container for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.&
How to Store and Reheat Loaded Mashed Potatoes
Store these mashed potatoes in their original container with a lid or in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. For longer storage, you can freeze them for up to 6 months.
To reheat them, let them sit on the counter for about a half hour, then place them in a baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
Loaded Mashed Potatoes Ingredients
This recipe only uses a few simple ingredients that you can find easily at your local grocery store.
- Red potatoes
- Evaporated milk
- Garlic salt
- Black pepper
- Sour cream
- Bacon, cooked, crumbled
- Sharp cheddar cheese
- Green onions, sliced
How to Make Loaded Mashed Potatoes
These potatoes are just as easy to make as they are to shop for. You’ll only need a few minutes in the kitchen to make them.
Step 1: Prep
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Set it aside.
Step 2: Boil the Potatoes
Add peeled, cubed potatoes to a large pot of cold water and bring to a boil. Then, cook for 20 to 30 minutes or until they’re fork tender. Drain the potatoes and add them to a large bowl or back into the pot.
Step 3: Mash the Potatoes
Using an electric, hand mixer, or potato masher, mash the potatoes. Then, add milk, butter, sour cream, garlic salt, and pepper, and continue mashing the potatoes until combined.
Step 4: Bake
Mix half of the cheese into the potatoes and stir. Then, place the potatoes in the prepared casserole dish and top them with the remaining cheese and add the crumble bacon. Bake uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
Step 5: Serve
Remove the potatoes from the oven, top with sliced green onions, fresh chives and all your potato toppings and serve with our favorite main dish.
Try This Ultimate Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole Today
These loaded mashed potatoes are rich, creamy, full of flavor, and ridiculously easy to make. They tick every single box any cook would ever want ticked, and that’s saying something. From weeknight dinners to potlucks, holiday gatherings, and more, this delicious potato side will have everyone begging for more, and because it’s so easy to make, you’ll have no trouble obliging them. Give this recipe a try and get ready to fall in love!
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Cheesy Garlic Scalloped Potatoes – Loaded with three types of cheese, these scalloped potatoes are so delicious, cheesy and make the perfect side dish recipe.
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham – A delicious and hearty scalloped potato recipe using leftover ham.
Loaded Mashed Potatoes
- Preheat oven to 350° and spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Add potatoes to a large pot of water and bring to a boil.
- Boil the potatoes until they are tender 20-30 minutes. Drain and add to a large bowl or return back to the pan.
- Using an electric mixer or hand mixer, mash potatoes, then add milk, butter, sour cream, garlic salt, and pepper, and mash until combined.
- Mix in half of the shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Stir.
- Spoon potato mixture into the prepared baking dish.
- Top with the remaining cheese and bacon.
- Bake uncovered until cheese is melted and heated through, 20-25 minutes.
- Remove from oven and add sliced green onions.
- Serve with your favorite main dish, salad and crusty bread, if desired.
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