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Loaded Cheesy Potato Casserole

This Potato Cheese Bake is one to make if you are serving any sort of meat (chicken, ham, burgers, whatever!). It's like a meal in itself, and then with all the toppings, it is taken to a whole new level!
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 6-8 large russet baking potatoes
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 12 pieces bacon cooked, chopped and crumbled

Instructions

  • Set butter, sour cream and milk out on the countertop to worm up a bit
  • Wash, scrub and poke holes in all of the russet potatoes
  • Place potatoes on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes, or until you can get a butter knife through them
  • While the potatoes are baking, cook bacon if you haven't already
  • Remove potatoes from oven, turn oven down to 350 degrees
  • Cut each potato into thirds or quarters, then mash as well as you can using a potato masher
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine potatoes, butter, milk, seasonings, 1 cup cheddar cheese and half of bacon
  • Stir well and place potato mixture into a sprayed 9x13 baking pan or dish
  • Top the casserole with reserved bacon and additional shredded cheese
  • Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes. Top with sliced green onions and serve