This mashed potato casserole is melt in your mouth creamy and smooth, loaded up with tons of melty cheese, crunchy panko bread crumbs, topped with crisp salty bacon, and bits of chives for color and a pop of fresh flavor.
I know mashed potatoes are typically a side dish, but I’m thinking in the case of this dish we may be ok making it an entire meal. No judgment here! It’s absolutely possible I attacked this dish with a fork once the pics were done!
Mashed potatoes have forever been my favorite side dish. There’s so many ways to enjoy them. Plain. Loaded with butter. Drenched in gravy. But I think the combination of mashed potatoes with cheese and bacon is my all time favorite!
We’re going to load the mashed potatoes up with sweet cream butter, sour cream to make them extra creamy, a bit of milk, some garlic powder and salt to give flavor. You can definitely leave out the garlic if you’re not a fan, but I’m a the more garlic the better type of person.
I also toasted a bit of panko bread crumbs and sprinkled those on top. They give a wonderful toasty taste, plus they add a bit of texture.
Best part?! These can be made ahead of time! Let’s face it, holidays can get a little hectic right? One less thing to worry about can definitely make the day more enjoyable. You can prepare this dish the day before, just cook the potatoes and mash them, then add them to the casserole dish, cover and bake the next day and add all the toppings. Was!
These potatoes are the creamiest, cheesiest, and I highly recommend you dive right in, fork first, to the casserole dish itself!
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