Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

Time: 30 minutes prep + 30 minutes baking
Yield: 8 servings
Recipe adapted from MyDearMother

8-10 medium-sized russet potatoes
1 pound bacon
1/2 C butter
4 ounces cream cheese (1/2 of an 8 ounce package)
1/4 C sour cream
1/2 t season salt
1/2 C milk
salt and pepper
1 1/2 C cheddar cheese, grated
3 green onions, chopped

1. Peel 8-10 medium-sized potatoes. Chop them into large chunks and plop them into a large pot.

2. Pour hot water into the pot and get it onto the stove. Bring it to a boil over high heat. Once you have a nice rolling boil, reduce the heat to medium high (you still want it to be boiling nicely...not just simmering). Let the potatoes cook through. Should take about 15 minutes.

3. While your potatoes boil away, preheat your oven to 400 degrees and line a large jelly roll pan with tin foil. Lay one pound of bacon onto the sheet and let it cook in the oven until it's nice and crisp. Should take about 15 minutes. Once the bacon is done, remove the pan from the oven and turn the heat down to 350 degrees. Remove the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels. Use another paper towel to dab the grease from the bacon.

4. When your potatoes are fork tender, remove the pan from the oven and drain the water into the sink.

5. Pour the drained potatoes into your stand mixer or large mixing bowl.

6. Add 4 ounces of cream cheese (1/2 of one 8 ounce package), 1/2 cup of butter, 1/4 cup sour cream, a bit of salt and pepper, 1/2 cup of milk and 1/2 teaspoon of seasoned salt.

7. Mix everything together until well combined. Give it a taste and add more milk if it is too thick.

8. Crumble up your bacon. Place half of it the mixing bowl. Add 1 cup cheddar cheese and mix to incorporate.

9. Spray a 9x9 pan with cooking spray and spread the potatoes into the pan.Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheddar cheese and bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until everything is nice and hot and the cheese has melted on the top.

10. Top with the remaining bacon and the chopped green onions.

Serve and enjoy!