Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole – the best creamy mashed potatoes baked into a casserole with bacon! Great made ahead as well!
Let’s take boring out of mashed potatoes and turn them into one delicious side dish casserole! I took my best creamy mashed potatoes, stirred in freshly grated cheddar cheese, garlic powder and fresh chopped parsley and baked the mixture in a casserole dish. Topped with crispy bacon and more parsley, this potato bake was gone in a flash! Looking at all of the potato recipes I shared on my blog, I think it’s safe to say that these two ingredients happen to be my two toppings for potatoes that I always reach for.
- Russet potatoes
- salt and pepper
- half and half
- sour cream
- grated cheese
- garlic or garlic powder
- Start by cooking the potatoes until soft. Drain well and mash.
- Preheat the oven and butter a casserole dish.
- Add butter, half and half and sour cream to mashed potatoes and mix with hand mixer.
- Add cheese and spices and mix well.
- Spread the mixture in prepared dish, top with cheese and bake until golden. Garnish with crispy bacon and fresh chopped parsley. Serve.
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The best creamy mashed potatoes baked into a cheesy casserole with bacon! Perfect dish to make ahead of time.
- 4 lbs russet potatoes peeled, diced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup butter melted
- 1/4 cup half and half
- 1/2 cup sour cream I used full-fat
- 1 and 3/4 cup freshly grated cheddar cheese
- 1 and 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp heaping, fresh chopped parsley
- 3 slices bacon cooked to crispy, chopped
- more parsley for garnish
- Place potatoes in a large pot and add enough water to cover. Cook until soft. Drain.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place potatoes in a large bowl. Add butter, half and half and sour cream. Whip using hand mixer.
- Add 1 cup cheddar cheese, garlic powder, pepper and parsley. Stir well.
- Transfer mixture into buttered 13" x 9" casserole dish. Spread evenly. Top with remaining cheddar cheese.
- Bake casserole for 35 to 38 minutes. The edges will be golden brown.
Garnish with chopped bacon and parsley. Serve.
To make ahead of time: cover casserole dish with mashed potatoes mixture and store in fridge for up to 2 days. Top with shredded cheddar just before baking.