Loaded Mashed Potatoes

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I seriously pride myself on being a potato girl. I never shy away from my favorite carb, nor do my boys. I believe Mando’s first word was “papa” and he wasn’t making reference to his father. My son follows closely in his dad’s footsteps, asking for potatoes with every meal. It’s kinda funny, the times we have been out at a Chinese or Japanese restaurant and my son tries to order french fries, that’s a true sign of a potato lover. There are so many varieties of potatoes in the US, and I have tried a great deal of them.

_MG_0650Not long ago Walmart asked me to try a new potato by the name of Albert Bartlett Rooster Potato, which up until now have only been sold in the United Kingdom. This potato starts off with pink skin and cooks golden yellow, and it is only sold exclusively to Walmart here in the United States. I quickly investigated this product to see what they were all about, and they only cost $2.87 for a 2 pound bag at my local Walmart . With promises of being buttery, nutty, and fresh I had to give them the old Presley try. I examined the packaging and found that this potato is very versatile. You can roast, mash, bake, fry, and boil it…. not quite in that order but you get the picture.  I decided since I don’t have a good mashed potato recipe on my blog, I would try my hand at this recipe. Enjoy it at your holiday table. Enjoy!

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Ingredients for loaded mashed potatoes:

  • 6 to 8 – Albert Bartlett Rooster potatoes (peeled and cut into 4 pieces per potato)
  • 1 – stick butter (sliced)
  • 3 – tablespoons sour cream
  • salt to taste
  • 2 – cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 – cup bacon (cooked and crumbled)
  • 1/2 – cup green onion (chopped)

Directions:

  1. In a pot filled halfway with water over a medium flame, bring water to a boil. Meanwhile peel and cut potatoes. _MG_0674
  2. Add in potatoes and cook in boiling water for 15 minutes. _MG_0667
  3. Remove from flame and drain out water.
  4. Smash potatoes with a masher and add in butter and sour cream, continue mashing until smooth. _MG_0689
  5. Salt to your liking.
  6. Gently fold in 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese.
  7. Next mix in bacon and green onion. Continue mixing until fully combined. _MG_0693
  8. Pour the mashed potato mixture into a casserole dish, and sprinkle the top with remaining cheddar cheese.
  9. Place under the boiler on high for 5 to 7 or until crisp.
  10. Enjoy!

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