Loaded Baked Potato Casserole is a hearty, comforting dish that's perfect for family meals and gatherings. Imagine the flavors of a loaded baked potato but in a convenient, scoopable casserole form. Let's walk through the steps to create this crowd-pleaser!

Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

Ingredients You'll Need

The beauty of this recipe lies in its flexibility. Feel free to adjust quantities to suit your taste.

  • 6-8 medium russet potatoes
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (plus more for topping)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup crumbled bacon
  • 1 cup whole milk or heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional toppings: chives, extra bacon, or hot sauce

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Potatoes

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut them into evenly sized chunks.
  3. Boil the potatoes in a large pot of salted water for about 15-20 minutes, or until they are fork-tender.
  4. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot.

Step 2: Mash and Season the Potatoes

  1. Mash the potatoes using a potato masher or electric mixer.
  2. Add the butter, sour cream, milk or cream, minced garlic, salt, and pepper to the mashed potatoes. Mix until smooth and creamy.
  3. Fold in the cheddar cheese, green onions, and crumbled bacon.

Step 3: Assemble the Casserole

  1. Grease a baking dish (9x13 inches works well) with butter or cooking spray.
  2. Spread the potato mixture evenly in the dish.
  3. Sprinkle extra cheese on top for a gooey, melty finish.

Step 4: Bake the Casserole

  1. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil to retain moisture.
  2. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the top is golden and crispy.

Tips for Optimal Baking

  • Retain Moisture: Covering the casserole with foil helps keep it moist.
  • Crispy Top: Uncovering the casserole for the last part of baking gives it a deliciously crispy top layer.
  • Cheese: Adding a touch of cheese on top can make it extra gooey and flavorful.

Serving Suggestions and Customizations

  • Custom Toppings: Add chives, extra bacon, or a dash of hot sauce for added flavor.
  • Side Dish Pairings: This casserole pairs beautifully with grilled meats, steamed vegetables, or a fresh salad.
  • Personal Touch: Experiment with different types of cheeses or add some sautéed mushrooms for a unique twist.


Loaded Baked Potato Casserole is a versatile and beloved dish that's sure to become a staple at your family table. Try it out and make it your own. Don't forget to share your experiences and any variations you come up with!

Happy Cooking! 🥔🍽️

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