Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole is the perfect side dish for any occasion. If you’re looking for a change from classic mashed potatoes, try this irresistibly creamy, loaded mashed potatoes recipe with cheese and bacon.

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole topped with cheese, bacon and chives

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Mashed potatoes are always a great side to serve for Meatloaf or any meal, because are effortless to make and so filling. However, at big parties like a Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas party, you tend to want to dress up plain mashed potatoes. That’s where this potato casserole comes to life! Creamy mashed potatoes topped with cheese, crispy bacon and chives.

This dish is everything you could ask for in a side dish. The best part – the dish may be prepared in advance making it the perfect side for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Winner!

Loaded Mashed Potatoes in a Baking dish.

How to Make Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole: 

  • Cook, drain and mash the potatoes
  • Mash in the hot milk/butter/sour cream mixture until well incorporated
  • Spread mashed potatoes into a baking dish and top with cooked bacon and cheese
  • Cover dish with foil and bake until cheese is melty.

step-by-step images how to make mashed potatoes.

TIP: If you are not baking the casserole immediately, allow the potatoes to cool before adding the cheese.

Three photos that show the process of making a Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

Toppings for Loaded Mashed Potatoes-

Top potato casserole with fresh chives, green onions, parsley or cilantro for added flavor and appeal.

Though the loaded cheese and bacon is enough for the baked mashed potatoes. Serving them with a side of sour cream really is wonderful. It feels like you’re enjoying a loaded baked potato.

Baked mashed potatoes topped with bacon and chives

What cheese should be used for Loaded Potato Casserole?

You really can’t go wrong with any cheese for this potato casserole. Use your favorite cheese:

  • Mexican Four Cheese
  • Colby Jack
  • or a combination of Mild Cheddar and Mozzarella 

TIP: Cheese ALWAYS performs better when freshly shredded as it contains fewer preservatives. Purchase a block of cheese and grate it yourself.

Loaded Baked Potatoes in a Casserole dish.

Other SIDE dishes to try for the Holidays:

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Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

5 from 89 votes
Author: Valentina Ablaev
oaded Mashed Potato Casserole is the perfect side dish. These irresistibly creamy baked mashed potatoes are loaded with cheese and topped with crispy bacon.
Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole is the perfect side dish. These irresistibly creamy baked mashed potatoes are loaded with cheese and topped with crispy bacon.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 6 servings, as a side
  • 2 ½ lbs russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 1 tsp salt , or to taste
  • 3/4 cup milk, (whole or 2% milk)
  • 8 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • 8 oz Colby Jack cheese, freshly shredded
  • 8 oz bacon, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp green onion or chives , to garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375˚F. Place potatoes in a pot, cover with enough water to submerge potatoes. Bring to a boil over medium/high heat then reduce heat to medium and season potatoes will 1 tsp salt. Cook until potatoes are easily pierced with a knife then drain well.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, add the butter and milk and cook until butter is melted. Turn the heat off, keep saucepan on the stovetop to keep the milk hot. Add the sour cream and whisk until combined.
  • Mash or beat potatoes with a mixer until creamy. Add the milk mixture and continue mixing until well incorporated. Transfer potatoes to a baking dish.
  • On a medium skillet, saute chopped bacon until golden brown. Sprinkle bacon over potatoes and top with shredded cheese.
  • Cover baking dish with foil and bake at 375˚F for 25 minutes. Remove foil and cook an additional 10 minutes, or until cheese melts and potatoes are hot. 

Nutrition Per Serving

625kcal Calories37g Carbs19g Protein45g Fat23g Saturated Fat108mg Cholesterol899mg Sodium965mg Potassium2g Fiber3g Sugar975IU Vitamin A11.1mg Vitamin C336mg Calcium2.1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole
Amount per Serving
Calories
625
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
45
g
69
%
Saturated Fat
 
23
g
144
%
Cholesterol
 
108
mg
36
%
Sodium
 
899
mg
39
%
Potassium
 
965
mg
28
%
Carbohydrates
 
37
g
12
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
19
g
38
%
Vitamin A
 
975
IU
20
%
Vitamin C
 
11.1
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
336
mg
34
%
Iron
 
2.1
mg
12
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Loaded Mashed Potatoes
Skill Level: Easy/Medium
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 625

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Rose Ann
    December 22, 2023

    Do I have to use russet potatoes? I just got a veggie box with a 5 lb bag of all purpose potatoes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 22, 2023

      I like using russet potatoes, I haven’t tried using all purpose potatoes to advice but feel free to experiment.

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      • Rose Ann
        December 24, 2023

        I will let you know. I can’t wait to try these. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

        Reply

  • Catherine
    December 6, 2023

    I made this tonight to take to a couple with a new baby. I served it as a side with pork loin, green beans, and rolls. I doubled the recipe for my family to have it for dinner as well, and we devoured it! Next time I plan to prep it in advance by making it ahead of time, storing in the fridge, and baking right before dinner. It was super easy and a great “comfort food”. Thank you!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      December 6, 2023

      You’re very welcome, Catherine! I’m so glad it was enjoyed.

      Reply

  • Diane
    November 3, 2023

    What size baking dish is recommended to be used with this? 8 ounces of bacon is how many slices? Thanks for any help because I’d love to make this for Thanksgiving.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 4, 2023

      Hi Diane, My pan was 9×9 but an 8×8 will also work if you have that on hand. 8 ounces is a weight measurement, I recommend using a kitchen scale to get the exact measurement. Since you’re topping the casserole with this you can also use more or less bacon based on your preference.

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  • Beth Hawkins
    November 3, 2023

    It looks mighty tasty to me!! I love bacon, I love cheese, and oh, how I love potatoes!!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 3, 2023

      This is delish! I hope you get to try the recipe!

      Reply

  • Regina
    April 8, 2023

    Hi Natasha!
    I love your recipes and often make them for Holidays and my family is always full of praise.
    I doubled this recipe and put it in a 9×13. Its going into the fridge overnight. I plan to leave the topping off to start with so I can stir it as I heat it in the oven and then add the remaining ingredients about half way through. However, I’m wondering if I should cover it to avoid it drying out until I add the cheese and bacon. Also how long do you think it will take? I planning maybe an hour all together, bit not sure.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 8, 2023

      Hi Regina! I have not tested that to give specific instructions. If you are starting out with refrigerated potatoes, they will likely need some extra time.

      Reply

  • Cyndie
    June 30, 2022

    In a quick last minute recipe, could I use store bought (refrigerated) mashed potato’s ? Add sour cream – nuke the. Add cheese bacon and place in oven to furnish?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 30, 2022

      Hi Cyndie, I haven’t tried those substitutions, so I can’t speak to that. Substitutions may hinder the recipe outcome.

      Reply

  • Shayna
    April 23, 2022

    I love this recipe! I made a few additions… I sautéed the white tops of the scallions and half of a Vidalia onion (chopped) in the leftover bacon grease, then added this and some of the bacon and cheese into the potatoes before spreading mixture into pan. Still topped with remaining cheese and bacon, but I enjoyed having a little extra in the potatoes!

    Thanks for the great recipe!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 25, 2022

      Hi Shayna! Thank you for the review and for sharing your experience. I’m so glad you enjoy this recipe.

      Reply

  • Norma Chirino
    December 27, 2021

    Natasha
    I love your recipes and try most of them .
    Do you do any cook books please

    Beast wishes for you and your family for 2022

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 27, 2021

      Hi Norma, I don’t have a cookbook out yet, but it’s on my list of life goals.

      Reply

  • Kathie Peffer
    December 25, 2021

    Loved this recipe. I added finely chopped green onions and sprinkled fresh chopped parsley on top right before serving.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 26, 2021

      Good to know that you enjoyed this recipe, Kathie!

      Reply

  • Diane Haines
    December 1, 2021

    I would love to make this for Christmas dinner, but all I have is Red potatoes; lots of them. Would these kind of potatoes work well for this recipe? Thanks so much.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 1, 2021

      Hello Diane, I think that will work fine since red potatoes have more moisture. If you give that a try, please share with us how it goes.

      Reply

  • Anna Krongart
    October 1, 2021

    Can I freeze this recipe?

    Reply

  • Randy
    June 22, 2021

    Love this recipe it is sooooo good! The first time I made them I went immediately to the oven, the second time I made them the day before and then put them in the oven the second day (same temp, but baked them for 50 minutes and 10 minutes uncovered). Both were equally yummy!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 22, 2021

      That’s so great, Randy! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Mary
    April 26, 2021

    My family loves these potatoes! What would be your advice to keeping them warm in a crock pot without drying out? Thanks!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 26, 2021

      Hi Mary, depending on how long they’re in there I would keep it on a warm or low heat setting.

      Reply

  • Brianna sullivan
    February 23, 2021

    hi, what if i dont have a electric mixer?? also what size baking dish did you use for this recipe?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 23, 2021

      Hi Brianna, you can mix it manually but it’s not going to be as smooth as when using an electric mixer. Mine was 9×9 but an 8×8 will also work.

      Reply

  • Nina Scheinhuette
    January 24, 2021

    It’s in the oven

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 25, 2021

      Sounds good, I hope you love it!

      Reply

  • Linda B
    December 6, 2020

    I enjoy your recipes and watching you make them. I am 72 now and look for new ways to enjoy comfort foods and party foods. I do not analize content of your recipe. I make the ones I like. AND…. I want to enjoy the rest of my life and you are such an entertaining individual

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 6, 2020

      Thank you for always trusting my recipes, Linda. I hope that you will love every recipe that you will try!

      Reply

  • Wendy
    November 25, 2020

    I am making for Thanksgiving and have prepared and placed the in a baking dish in the refrigerator. I am hoping I can simply place in the oven on thanksgiving day and they will cook up fine. Now I’m getting nervous that they won’t come out okay after sitting . . . any thoughts or tips would be greatly appreciated ??

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    • Natasha
      November 25, 2020

      Hi Wendy, that should still work, just ensure that it is hot in the center and well heated through since it will take a little longer to bake a casserole that is coming from the refrigerator.

      Reply

      • Wendy
        November 26, 2020

        Great! Thank You So Much for the quick reply

        Reply

  • Jessie
    May 31, 2020

    I made this today and they were great! Everyone loved them! Thanks for the tasty recipe!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 31, 2020

      Yay so great to hear that Jessie. Thank you for your awesome feedback!

      Reply

  • Lori Kurochkina
    April 14, 2020

    Help! Ok I followed the recipe exactly, but once I was done, took it out of the oven and tasted it… it was extremely bland except for the bacon flavour. I looked back at the recipe to see if I missed anything and I realised that the recipe never recommended adding salt, pepper, any spice, etc to taste. The pics above look as if there is some pepper added… How much would you recommend adding to this amount of potatoes?

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    • Natasha
      April 14, 2020

      Hi Lori, the pepper on top was more of a garnish. We did add salt to the potato water while cooking and you can add more if desired. With the salty bacon and cheese, it seemed like enough salt, but you can add it to taste into the mashed potatoes.

      Reply

      • Michelle
        September 11, 2020

        I added a little garlic powder to mine and it was fantastic!

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          September 11, 2020

          Thank you so much for sharing that with us Michelle!!

          Reply

  • Helene
    March 5, 2020

    creamy potatoes topped with melted cheese & crispy bacon. Ymmm.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 5, 2020

      Isn’t it the best! We absolutely love it!

      Reply

  • Lisa
    November 4, 2019

    I usually cook my ribs on 275 if I wanted to throw this in the oven to cook with the ribs, how long should I cook it for?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 5, 2019

      Hi Lisa, without experimenting it is hard to say how long it would take with two items in the oven at the same time. If you experiment please let me know how you like that.

      Reply

  • Dayron Rico
    August 9, 2019

    Hello Natasha, no doubt your recipes seem marvelous and certainly they should taste great. But with all due respect I must tell you this, I’ve seen a lot of your recipes published here and they are all extremely high in saturated fat reaching almost the 100% amount of recommended sat fat per day, and others surpassing it blatantly. (and people don’t eat 1 time per day but 3-4 times/day), it almost looks like that you’d enjoy adding excessive sources of unhealthy saturated fat unnecessarily. For example this recipe contains the shocking and noxious 144% of saturated fat per serving, you certainly almost never find that amount dangerous fat in traditional home cuisine nor in the fattest of processed meals either. This recipe includes so many and not that necessary sources of saturated fat. It’s not mandatory to include in one recipe butter plus sour cream which already has almost as much sat fat as butter, plus you add up whole milk in the presence of the former fats and the already greasy bacon, so you could cut up sat fat by changing the butter for olive oil or other vegetable oil and use some reduced fat sour cream or non-fat milk in order to preserve the bacon in the recipe. If you think that by adding so many sources of fat the dish is gonna taste great and will be hearty that’s not always the case. You can accomplish so by adding some herbs and spices that aren’t present in this recipe; most of of the loaded recipes call it crushed, whole or mashed potatoes include herbs and spices to improve the flavor instead of excessive fat. Please don’t take this the wrong way, i’m not attacking you, none the least, I’m but providing other options to reduce the unhealthy levels of sat fat which everybody knows is the main cause of deaths in the entire world, and before is said that people will eat this once a month or every two months we know that’s not true, due to your recipes look so appealing they will cook them in a regular way, and I’ve seen people’s comments here, they want to make your recipes in a regular basis.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 9, 2019

      Thank you for sharing that feedback.

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      • Dayron
        December 27, 2019

        No, thank you for taking the time and reading it.

        Reply

    • Joe Hawkins
      November 6, 2019

      With all due respect, saturated fat is not the main cause of death around the world… SUGAR would be the culprit you are looking for. Fat was framed. I encourage you to look into recent research data that indicates that the sugar industry had a lot to do with the demonization of fat.

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      • Dayron
        December 27, 2019

        I would like to say first of all thank you sir for giving your opinion in a kind and respectful way. And yes you’re completely right about added sugars too (something that abounds here, in this website too, in an alarming rate and amount), weather they are organic or refined, they’re all the devil in disguise. But saturated fats haven’t been all cleared out just yet, studies are not so fully conclusive in demonstrating they’re innocuous at all to take them out of the loop concerning cardiovascular disease, they’re a culprit too maybe in a lesser way than added and natural occurring sugars but a culprit after all. What’s happening nowadays is that fats and particularly saturated fat industries around the globe are returning the favor that sugar industry made them in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s decades and are now framing sugar industry alone in the high incidence of CVD worldwide not only in your country, but the whole world. This sir is a full blown war between both foods industries and it will be won by the one that deceive us the best, and makes the best lobby in congresses around the world, and by the one that kills healthy nutrition activists and discredit healthy food authorities and organizations around the world, starting of course in the US. I’d like to add up that Icompletely agree with your claim that sugar industry demonized saturated fats for so many years to deviate the attention from it concerning CVD but come on sat fat is also guilty let’s say in a lesser way but it is. People eat way too much of it every day around the year, year after year don’t expect us to believe that it’s completely innocent, and that it doesn’t cause any damage at all. It’s completely demonstrated that atheromas that clog arteries are made of fats derived of sat& trans fat and some types of cholesterol it’s a scientific fact. obviously it’s propitiated first by excessive sugar that has glycated the vascular endothelium making it rough so that the excessive amounts of sat and trans fat that people here so much love to eat, attach themselves to the arteries and form clogging atheromas causing them heart attacks & strokes. And let’s not even star talking about sugar and it’s part in developing diabetes that´s another chapter in this sad story.

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    • Rose Brissette
      December 17, 2019

      Dayron Rico-We love Natasha”s recipes just the way they are! If you want to make recipes your way, start your own healthy blog and leave us alone.

      Reply

      • Lori Nommensen
        September 25, 2020

        I very much agree with you, Rose. While Dayron posed the comment in a mostly positive way, I still think it was inappropriate to make such a lengthy negative comment. I love Natasha’s recipes just as they are, and most people who are interested in cooking realize loaded mashed potatoes aren’t necessarily the healthiest as far as fat content, and they will eat these in moderation. For those who like wholesome food, there is nothing wrong with occasionally eating foods that aren’t at the top of the health scale. I’ve been cooking for 50 years and, while we do eat foods with less fat and more spices to bump up the flavor, we also enjoy things like this recipe in moderation. I seriously doubt that most people will sit down and have a huge serving of this, as it’s more of a side dish. This is not a health blog, and by the amount of people who love Natasha’s recipes, I think the majority of her readers appreciate her sharing her expertise with us. If one is concerned with every single recipe being devoid of fats, sugars, or whatever one deems bad for you, please follow sites that suit your preferences and stop trying to be the “food police”.

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        • Roger Walker
          December 24, 2021

          The best part – the dish may be prepared in advance making it the perfect side for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. Winner!
          Only a moron would think of making this everyday! Tired of you Calorie countin’, health Nazis complaining about a Christmas or Thanksgiving Dinner. Unnnessary & Mean !

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          • Natashas Kitchen
            December 24, 2021

            We love make-ahead recipes, especially around the holidays!

    • Lindsay Fritsch
      December 19, 2019

      Wow, what a totally unnecessary comment. This isn’t a health blog, is it? Natasha has incredible recipes that I look to for entertaining company, holidays and comfort food. If you were looking for a healthy alternative this wasn’t the place. You sound ridiculous and pedantic – get a life, dude!

      Reply

    • DONNA
      September 26, 2020

      Don’t make it then.

      Reply

    • angie
      August 22, 2021

      WOW! You never heard the saying, ” if you cannot say anything nice, then do not say anything at all!!” Very mean of you to attack this young lady!!

      Reply

  • Viktoriya T.
    November 20, 2018

    Looks like another delicious dish, Natasha)
    Question: if i wanna double the recipe, do i use a 9 by 13 baking dish?
    Also, to what step can i make ahead the recipe to minimize time before i can serve?

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    • Natasha
      November 21, 2018

      Hi Viktoriya, yes I would use a 9×13 baking dish when doubling. To save time, you can make the mashed potatoes a day ahead. I suggest using our creamy mashed potatoes since they don’t firm up when they are chilled and will freshen up very easily. You can also pre-shred your cheese and pre sautee your bacon and just cover and keep all 3 parts separate in the fridge then assemble and bake before serving. If you are starting out with chilled potatoes, you may need a few extra minutes in the oven and mash them up to make them a little creamier before adding to the casserole.

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      • Viktoriya T.
        November 21, 2018

        I appreciate your quick reply, Natashka😀

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  • 2pots2cook
    November 16, 2018

    Tasteful and easy ! Love it !

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 16, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Inesa Lungu
    November 15, 2018

    Oh my this was so good. I made it and it was gone within 10 mins.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 15, 2018

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Aizic Rachel
    November 14, 2018

    Your recipes remind me my mamas kitchen, she was cooking like you.
    Reading your letter I’m starting crying.
    We are Jews original from Cernovitz Ucraina/Romania.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 14, 2018

      I’m so inspired reading your review. Thank you!

      Reply

  • alla
    November 14, 2018

    Just put my loafed mashed potatoes in the oven. Cant wait till hubby gets home. Wish we’re could upload pictures

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 14, 2018

      I bet your house smells amazing right now!! Feel free to post and tag us on Social media #natashaskitchen @natashasktichen so that we can see your creation!

      Reply

      • Kate
        November 18, 2018

        How many people does this recipe feed?

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        • Natasha
          November 18, 2018

          Hi Kate, the serving size is located at the top of the print-friendly recipe card (towards the bottom of the recipe post). This potato casserole serves 6 as a side dish.

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    • November 15, 2018

      Alla, I hope your hubby enjoyed the dish as did you. Thanks for trying our recipe! <3

      Reply

  • Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert
    November 14, 2018

    This needs to happen at my house very soon!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 14, 2018

      I hope you love it!

      Reply

  • Jerry
    November 14, 2018

    What size baking dish works for this? I want to use an 8×8 dish but am thinking this recipe might need a 9×13. Help!

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    • November 14, 2018

      Hi, Jerry! An 8×8 will work. Mine was 9×9 and there was room for more potatoes. I hope you enjoy the recipe. 🙂

      Reply

  • Mallory Lanz
    November 14, 2018

    Always a hit with my family!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 14, 2018

      That’s so great!! Thank you Mallory!

      Reply

  • Aimee Shugarman
    November 14, 2018

    Oh my, this is a dish my family will devour!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 14, 2018

      That’s perfect!! I hope you all love it!

      Reply

  • Lori
    November 14, 2018

    big time favorite at our house!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 14, 2018

      Ours as well! Thank you for the wonderful review Lori!!

      Reply

  • Jennifer
    November 14, 2018

    Yes Please!! Time to shake up my Thanksgiving mashed potatoes!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 14, 2018

      Exactly!! I hope you love it!

      Reply

  • Angelika
    November 13, 2018

    YES!!!!! Totally trying this, kind of genius. Thank you Natasha & Valentina!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 14, 2018

      Our pleasure!! Hope you love it!

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    • November 14, 2018

      You’re so welcome. I hope you LOVE the dish. 🙂

      Reply

  • Mary
    November 13, 2018

    YUM!!!

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    • Natasha
      November 13, 2018

      Thanks Mary! These loaded mashed potatoes sure are YUM! 🙂

      Reply

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