Mr. Food's Best Loaded Mashed Potatoes Ever

Ingredients:

  • 2-1/2 pounds Idaho® potatoes, peeled, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 16-ounce container of sour cream
  • 1 cup finely shredded Colby or sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup real bacon bits
  • 1 thinly sliced scallion
  • OPTIONS:
  • Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Quarter a small onion and add it to the pot along with 10 peeled, whole garlic cloves before bringing the potatoes to a boil; beat with the remaining ingredients.
  • Cheddar Potato Casserole: Beat 1 finely chopped onion along with the other ingredients. Coat a 9" x 13" casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon potatoes into casserole dish and sprinkle with 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese; pour 1-1/2 cups heavy cream over the top. Bake in a preheated 350°F. oven 35 to 40 minutes, or until heated through and edges are golden.
  • Green Mashed Potatoes: Prepare the mashed potatoes as above then add two 10-ounce packages of frozen chopped spinach that have been thawed, drained and squeezed dry. Beat as directed above.

Directions:

  1. Place potato chunks in a large soup pot and add just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender; drain well and place in a large bowl.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and beat with an electric mixer until blended and smooth. Top warm potatoes with sprinkling of shredded cheese and scallion slices.
  3. Serve immediately.
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Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Source:
Mr. Food

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