Potato….cheese…bacon….’buff said. Here’s Maggie….
This is another recipe that showed up in my Facebook newsfeed at just the right time. We had a picnic to attend, and I needed a new recipe to try. This one looked great so I hit PRINT!
I doubled the amount of sour cream called for in the original recipe. I knew I wanted my dish to be a bit more creamy and decadent, so what the heck. I may or may not have used more than two cups of shredded cheese. (OK- closer the 3 cups…)
Another change I made was to double the bacon, and cook half of the chopped onion with the bacon. I chose to top the casserole with the bacon and onion mixture so it stayed crisp. The recipe said to mix the crisp bacon into the potato mixture, but I knew that would make it soft and soggy. No thanks. Plus, it makes the casserole pretty!
This was a hit at the picnic- took home an empty dish, and had several requests for the recipe. Husband loved it too! This one is a keeper!
Baked Potato Casserole
Recipe adapted from Very Best Baking
What you need:
- 8 medium-size potatoes, peeled and chopped into 1-inch chunks
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (divided)
- 12-14 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
- 1 large sweet onion, chopped, divided
- 1 cup sour cream
- Green onions or fresh chives for garnish
What you do:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Put the chopped potatoes into a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook them over medium-high heat for about 15-20 minutes, or until they are tender. Then, drain the potatoes. (You could also bake the potatoes in the oven and then cut them into chunks.)
- Put the potatoes back in the saucepan
- Cut bacon into pieces and brown until crisp.
- Add half of the chopped onion to bacon when it is cooked about half way.
- Drain bacon and onion on paper towels and set aside.
- In a separate bowl, mix the salt, pepper, 1 1/2 cups of cheese, sour cream, and rest of the onion. Then, add this mixture to the saucepan with the potatoes and toss thoroughly.
- Grease a 2.5- to 3-quart casserole dish with cooking spray, and then spoon the mixture into the dish.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, then top the dish with the bacon onion mixture and remaining cheese and let it bake for another 3-5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
- Sprinkle with chopped green onions or chives