Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole and other Easter Ideas

Today I battled the crowds at Target looking for last minute items for my kid’s Easter baskets. I didn’t end up with much but still felt successful.  Because in a world with a lot of “stuff”, I’ve been trying to simplify. And kids really don’t need a lot to be happy. I guess I want to set the expectations low so they are appreciative when they do receive things. I’m trying to teach them what Easter is really about anyway.

AND I treated myself to a few somethings. Mmm…hmm…that’s right. Momma went shopping. Okay…maybe I threw a couple of shirts in the cart at Target and hoped they would fit when I got home. And they did! That’s Shopping 101 ladies.

These potatoes were sent to me by friend Wendy who found them on an old cut out recipe from Gooseberry Patch in her files. They were so good and a different alternative to Gooey Potatoes. They are creamy, savory, and just like eating a loaded baked potato. Or in this case 7 loaded baked potatoes.

My friends coming over for Easter are bringing a couple of dishes but here’s what I’m making:
The Ham (thank you Honey Baked)….
And I might make these Stuffed Mushrooms as an appetizer just because I’m craving them.
Good Luck and Happy Easter!

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole and other Easter Ideas

Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 5 1/2 cups mashed potatoes (around 6-7 large baking potatoes)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices bacon crispy cooked and crumbled

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  2. Peel, quarter, and boil potatoes for 15-20 minutes or until soft. Drain potatoes and and beat with a mixer until smooth. Add milk, cream cheese, sour cream, parsley, garlic salt, and nutmeg. Beat at a medium-high speed until nice and creamy. Add salt to taste keeping in mind that the cheese and bacon will add a little salt later.
  3. Spoon into a 9x13 baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Top with cheddar cheese and bacon. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes or until cheese melts.
  4. Serves 12 people.

Notes

Source: slightly adapted from Wendy and Gooseberry Patch.

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  1. Holy crap I just gained ten pounds looking at that glorious spread you’ve got planned for Easter! Love you blog…I’m gonna try that mash pot casserole.

  2. Wow, all this looks delicious! Lucky you got some good deals, Good Friday is not a holiday where you are? Nothing is open here, but coffee shops, fast food and gas.

  3. Oh WOW I love the look of those stuffed mushrooms! Can I come to your house for Easter??? :)

  4. I think I’ll be coming to your house for Easter! And those mushrooms look to die for!

  5. I just made Twice Baked Potatoes for 18 people with almost the same ingredients. I wish I’d seen this before I went to all that work!!

  6. These look wonderful! I love trying new potato recipes. Yum!

  7. i love potato in any fashion! well, almost. but this is one of it!

  8. THat casserole looks so yummy!!! I can’t enough of stuff like that!

  9. This looks delish! Have you ever tried using potato flakes? Around our house that is generally a dirty word, but I’ve found a great new brand, tasty, and pure…no additives.

    I sure enjoy your blog. Happy Easter!

  10. ahh that looks amazing and so delicious!
    lol :D

  11. What a great way to change traditional mashed potatoes into a flaorful casserole! Yum!

  12. just made this for my Easter dinner, it’s baking right now. just had to say THANKS and my fam will love it…the smell in my kitchen right now is lovely! thanks a mil! (:

    xoxo.kelli & kristi

  13. We had a very non-traditional Easter dinner yesterday with some friends, but i did make these loaded mashed potatoes and they were a huge hit! Dee-lish!

  14. Thank you for sharing this recipe! It’s as comforting to read and imagine eating as it is to eat I’ll bet…NOT! I rather eat it :). Your entire menu looks delish!

  15. Those potatoes look so yummy! Trying to resit cooking them though, I might get hooked forever :)

    Thanks for posting the recipe!
    xoxo
    http://21stcenturygirlam.blogspot.com/

  16. This looks scrumptious! And gluten free for my Celiac daughter! Yum! Thanks for sharing!

  17. I am 9 weeks pregnant and my current craving is potatoes. We made this last night (added chopped chives after it cooked) and I fell in love. So did my entire family! (Back off my potatoes!)

  18. I love loaded baked potatoes!!!

  19. Oh…so yummy… I’d love to taste it..

  20. These were FABULOUS! I just recently found your blog when searching for a yummy mashed potato recipe and this one certainly did not disappoint. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!

  21. This was such a great recipe! Thanks for sharing-I’ll definitely be making it again!!

  22. I could die for tasty mashed potatoes and this recipe looks absolutely fantastic!

  23. Well…Hello:

    I just searched a “mashed potato” and find your site. Your version looks delicious, I would like to try it also as well as with your other mouth watering recipes.

  24. Oh, the epitome of comfort food!

  25. Do you know if you can make these ahead, and then bake? Just wondering if you ever tried it. Made them last year for a holiday meal and everyone loved it!

  26. I LOVE these potatoes and my family does too! My only complaint is how long it takes to make between washing, peeling, cutting, and boiling the potatoes prior to making the casserole (but then again I am the queen of easy meals and most of the time I won’t make something unless it takes less than 20minutes). But this casserole is worth it!

  27. I made these yummy potatoes for Thanksgiving and shared the recipe on my blog with credits to you! Thanks for a delicious recipe!

    http://belleofthekitchen.com/2013/12/03/thanksgiving-recap-and-loaded-mashed-potatoes-recipe/

  28. Being a massive potato lover (potatoes for lunch and dinner daily anyone?!) , this recipe looks so great!!! Bookmarked and planned for the weekend!:)