This Loaded Mashed Potato Bake Recipe is a delicious spin on the classic loaded baked potato! The addition of cheese, bacon and cream put the potatoes over the top tastewise and will leave your family begging for seconds and thirds. And of course, mashed potatoes pair superbly with a variety of main dishes. Thank you to Lipton for sponsoring this post! All opinions are mine.
One of my favorite ways to get the family together is with a delicious meal. Spending time around the table with good food and conversation brings us together to create moments that matter.
One of our favorite meals?
We love our brisket and sausage, plus everything else that goes along with barbecue. We have a smoker, but rarely use it as it requires planning ahead and almost a full day smoke the meat. (And who has time for that, lol?) Going out to our favorite barbecue joint all the time gets to be a bit cost prohibitive (just 1 pound of brisket at most places runs between $17 and $18 per pound – ouch!)
When we have the urge for barbecue, I have a little trick to getting what everyone wants, without spending tons of money or having to slave over the smoker for 12 hours. I send the hubby out to pick up a “to go” order for a pound or two of our favorite brisket, (and sometimes sausage too) then prepare all the traditional side dishes for a big family meal. Some of our favorite sides to go with barbecue is green beans (with bacon), my favorite broccoli salad, charro beans, mac and cheese and of course baked potatoes!
I’ve got a great twist on the baked potatoes to share with you today. This Loaded Mashed Potato Bake is super easy to put together (especially if you use premade potatoes – I won’t tell, and no one will know!) and tastes unbelievably delicious!
What’s the perfect accompaniment to a meaningful meal? A delicious and refreshing glass of Lipton iced tea! (And we all know Barbecue and iced tea go together like macaroni and cheese!)
Have you seen the new Lipton Cold Brew? I love how easy the cold brew tea bags make it to get fresh brewed iced tea – you don’t even need to boil water!
Want more seasonal recipes to go with your Lipton iced tea? Be sure to check out the Bright Bites destination on Foodnetwork.com for more inspiring recipes, articles and videos!
Loaded Mashed Potato Bake
- 4 lbs potatoes peeled and cut
- 6 tbsp butter
- 1/2 to 1 cup heavy cream (start with 1/2 cup – add more if needed)
- 1 tsp each, salt and pepper
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/3 cup gruyere cheese
- 1 1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
- 10 slices of bacon cooked and diced
- 2 to 3 green onions, diced
- In a large stockpot, cook potatoes in salted water for 10 to 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and return potatoes to pot.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Mash potatoes.
- Add butter, cream, garlic, salt, pepper, half the bacon, gruyere cheese and 1 cup of the Monterey Jack Cheese.
- Mix together until cheese is melted, adding additional cream a tablespoon at a time as needed to reach desired consistency. (add additional salt and pepper to taste.)
- Transfer potatoes to 13 x 9 baking dish, topping with last 1/2 of cheese.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Garnish with remaining bacon and green onions.
What is your favorite side dish to serve with barbecue?
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