Slow Cooker Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

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This all-occasion Slow Cooker Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole compliments a variety of entrees. It’s made entirely in a slow cooker, and packed with flavor. After mashing, the top is sprinkled with shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, and a dollop of sour cream. A light sprinkling of green onion finishes off this impressive dish perfect for busy oven days or hectic holiday meals.

Ingredients

  • 5 lb Yukon Gold or Red Potatoes stems, blemishes removed
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 8-oz chive and onion cream cheese softened
  • 1 8-oz sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 0.4-oz package dry Buttermilk Ranch Dressing mix
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 lb bacon cooked and crumbled
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese divided
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onion plus 2 Tbsp for garnishing

Slow Cooker Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

Instructions

1 ) Place unpeeled whole potatoes in a 6-quart slow cooker. Pour chicken broth on top.

2 ) Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or until fork-tender. (Tip: Cut any larger potatoes in half so they’re all similar size)

3 ) Do not drain. Using an electric hand mixer or a potato masher, mash the potatoes with the broth until chunky smooth. (Use a mixer for a smoother texture and a potato masher for a chunky texture.)

4 ) Add cream cheese, sour cream, butter, Ranch dressing mix, and black pepper to taste. Whip until fully incorporated.

5 ) Add 1 cup cheese, bacon and green onion. reserving 2 Tbsp each crumbled bacon and onion to garnish the top. Mix well.

6 ) Sprinkle the top with remaining cheese. Garnish with bacon and onion. Keep warm until serving.

Oven method:

1 ) Preheat oven to 350°F.

2 ) Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

3 ) Dice potatoes into equal size pieces. Cook in a large pot filled with salted water for 15-20 minutes or until fork-tender.

4 ) Drain well. Transfer to mixing bowl then proceed with recipe from Step 3. Spread in a baking dish, dot the top with butter. Bake for 40-45 minutes until heated through and the top is golden. Garnish with bacon and green onion before serving.

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