Loaded Baked Potato Casserole is an easy and crowd-pleasing way to serve up baked potatoes without needing to set up a topping bar.
I’m half tempted to just write “Potatoes, bacon, cheese. Make this for dinner now”, share the recipe, then be done with this post. Do I really need any more words to explain how absolutely divine this Loaded Baked Potato Casserole is? Just as the name states, it’s baked potatoes loaded up with all kinds of toppings – bacon, cheese, broccoli, onion – but in casserole form. This is an easy and crowd-pleasing way to serve baked potatoes either for dinner or as a side dish.
Baked potatoes are such a blank canvas for all kinds of toppings. Some like them simple with only butter and sour cream. Others, like me, load them up with bacon, broccoli, and cheese. Yes, I love broccoli on my potatoes. Actually I just love broccoli period, especially if it’s roasted. The original recipe called for chicken, which I’ve never seen chicken as a potato topping before. I just left it out and replaced it with broccoli.
This potato casserole does take a little over an hour to bake, but if you want to speed that up, you can boil the cubed potatoes for 10 minutes before tossing with everything. Leftovers weren’t bad either. I’m not a fan of leftover potato anything, but the melted cheese acted as a “sauce” to keep the potatoes from being too dry.
You can easily make this casserole vegetarian-friendly by omitting the bacon. I know that probably sounds really obvious, but that’s the only meat component. I’d even add carrots or mushrooms for more food (although those probably aren’t typical baked potato toppings). What I’m trying to say is – have fun with it!
Source: Adapted from Rachel Schultz
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Disclosure: The potatoes were provided by the Idaho Potato Commission and were leftover from my potato salad post. I was not required nor paid to make any additional recipes including this one. All writing and photographs are my own unless otherwise noted.