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Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Tired of the same old side dish, I whipped up this new family favorite. We can't get enough of these loaded mashed potatoes at our house. Often, I'll prepare this casserole ahead and refrigerate it. Then I bake it just before serving. —Dawn Reuter, Oxford, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    14 servings


  • 5 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese blend, divided
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 3 green onions, sliced


  • Place potatoes in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add the sour cream, milk, butter, salt and pepper. Beat on medium-low speed until light and fluffy. Stir in 2 cups cheese, bacon and onions.
  • Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Top with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.

Test Kitchen tips
  • Add a little more (or less) milk depending on how thick you like your mashed potatoes.
  • Make these mashed potatoes the day before! These other dishes can be prepped ahead, too!
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cup: 307 calories, 16g fat (9g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 281mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 3g fiber), 11g protein.


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    • Marv
      May 15, 2020

      Thr pie looks good! What I don’t think looks good is the attitude of some of these writers reviewing this recipe. I suspect that a lot of people can read other peoples reviews and comments so, why keep on repeating the same comments? Where is the cheese, it isn’t listed; over and over. Read the comments and leave it alone. Thank you for Sharing this recipe!

    • Patricia
      Apr 29, 2020

      Tastes ok as written, but I omitted the green onions for caramelized onions and layered them on top of the potatoes and then sprinkled the cheese over the onions and baked covered for 30 minutes and then uncovered it and baked 5 more minutes until cheese was nice and bubbly and lightly browned. Great recipe and really delicious ??

    • Sandra
      Dec 2, 2019

      i made these for thanksgiving but without the green onions and they were DELICIOUS everyone got seconds and thirds, definitely recommended

    • Hibari
      Oct 7, 2019

      I am a bit puzzled by all the comments regarding no cheese listed in the "Ingredients" listing?? My copy of this recipe lists "3 cups Kerrygold shredded cheddar cheese blend, divided". The Directions tell you to "Stir in 2 cups cheese, bacon and onions." and then to "Top with remaining cheese". These instructions would seem to me to account fot the 3 cups of cheddar cheese listed in "Ingredients". Is it possible that I have an updated/amended copy of this recipe??

    • Robin
      Oct 7, 2019

      LOL this is actually potato kugel, a very common jewish food. only we don't add milk, we use butter, mashed potatoes, and fried sweet onions, baked in a 9x13 dish, or 8x8 if using less potatoes. adding the cheese sounds great. but its actually delicious just with the potatoes, onions, salt,and lots of butter.I neveruse pepper in my cooking because I hate pepper, I think it ruins the dish.

    • Peggy
      Oct 6, 2019

      This recipe has no cheese listed in the ingredients. Any reason why?? Please leet me know which cheese and how much

    • mgeibel
      Oct 5, 2019

      The ingredients do not include the cheese or amount of cheese used. Directions do mention when to add 2 cups cheese and then says top with remaining cheese??? I guess can do to taste but seems like cheese and suggested amount should be in ingredient list

    • lizinaz45
      Oct 5, 2019

      Taste of Home left out the cheese in this average recipe.

    • Jocelyn
      Oct 5, 2019

      There is no Cheese listed in the Ingredients ! Cheddar, Swiss, Gouda, ????

    • Alice
      Oct 5, 2019

      How much cheese is used? It’s not listed in the ingredients.