Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

Potato Casserole 1
I’m new to this whole world of blogging, but some of my favorite parts so far are “meeting” other bloggers, having instant access to so many fabulous recipes, and becoming more involved in the blogging community.  Every time I find a new (to me) site, I’m always amazed at how many fabulous, talented and innovative folks are out there–hooray for the internet, for making the world just a little bit smaller, or at least for bringing us closer together.

So when I stumbled on Tina’s Crazy Cooking Challenge, I knew I wanted to participate–especially when I saw that the topic for this month was mashed potatoes.  I knew this was a blog post even the Tall Boy could get on board with–he loves mashed potatoes.  Don’t know about Crazy Cooking Challenge?  Check it out:


I typically reserve preparing mashed potatoes for special occasions, since (1) I always add lots of fattening ingredients, and (2) they require more effort that I’m willing to exert during the workweek (anyone else hate peeling as much as I do?).

Maybe you guys are already well-acquainted with Christy at The Girl Who Ate Everything, but I only just located her site when searching for a mashed potato recipe.  Her site is fabulous!  Soooo many good recipes here…if you haven’t peeked at her site before, do it soon.

But one of the things that appealed to me about this recipe is that the ingredient list contains pretty much everything I use when making my own “recipe,” but Christy adds a fun twist by baking it.  This method is perfect for those of us who like to plan ahead, and don’t want to be mashing potatoes while trying to entertain guests (I’d rather be chatting and snacking on appetizers by this point!).

As a side note, I used fat-free cheese, which doesn’t melt as well as the full-fat version.  Not quite as pretty, but still tastes pretty darn good.

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Serves: 12
  • 5½ cups mashed potatoes
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  1. Preheat the oven to 35o°F.
  2. Peel, quarter and boil potatoes until soft, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain, and beat with a mixer until smooth. Add remaining ingredients, through the nutmeg. Beat at a medium-high speed until creamy. Add salt to taste.
  3. Spoon into a greased 9x13 baking dish. Top with cheese and bacon. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes, until cheese melts.
  4. Serves 12. Unless one of those people is my husband. Then it will serve 3.




  1. Cheri

    I love that you can bake these and take them with you. Your pictures make them look so yummy!

    • Kitchen Meets Girl

      They *were* yummy, which is awfully dangerous when you’re trying to watch your caloric intake, ha ha!

  2. Lesa @Edesia's Notebook

    Yum! Looks delicious! I wish I had thought to put mashed potatoes on my meal plan for today. I should have known that reading everyone’s posts would make me hungry for them!

  3. Tracy

    This casserole sounds delicious! A perfect Thanksgiving side, too!

  4. Lisa~~

    We love loaded mashed potato casserole and yours looks wonderful.

    If you haven’t already I’d love for you to check out my Crazy Cooking Challenge entry Aloo Tikki

    Cook Lisa Cook

  5. Angie @ Bigbearswife

    oh my gosh heaven! I want to dig right in!


  6. Kayla

    Yummy, these sound delish!! Hope you stop by and check out my mashed potato recipe, #30!! 🙂

  7. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme

    Oh my goodness these look fabulous! Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. Glad to have found your site through the Crazy Cooking Challenge! 🙂

    • Kitchen Meets Girl

      Thanks! It was good even with my lightened up version of fat-free/low-fat cheese. 🙂

  8. Miz Helen

    I will sure take my serving loaded, this looks awesome! Great recipe for the Crazy Cooking Challenge, it looks delicious! Hope you are having a great day.
    Miz Helen

  9. Mom

    This looks awesome. Can’t wait to try it.

  10. Jennifer

    They look delicious. I LOVE bacon and cheddar!

  11. Tandy

    I love the idea of being able to entertain my guests while the meal looks after itself 🙂

  12. BreAna {Sugar and Spice and All Things Iced}

    These look fantastic!! I love that you made them healthier too! I also love that they are baked. I’ll have to give them a try! BTW I love The Girl Who Ate Everything blog too!

  13. Shirley

    This looks fabulous! I think this would be perfect for my next game night! YUM

    Now what can I serve with it?

  14. Kim Bee

    All I can say is cheesealicious! This looks so good. You did an amazing job with yours.
    Kim Bee



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