Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs

Total Time:
55 min
Prep:
20 min
Cook:
35 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups grated mozzarella
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons plain dry bread crumbs
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon of butter and set aside.

Cook the potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water until they are very tender, about 15 minutes. Drain; return the potatoes to the same pot and mash well. Mix in the milk and melted butter. Mix in the mozzarella and 3/4 cup of the Parmesan. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Transfer the potatoes to the prepared baking dish. Stir the bread crumbs and remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan in a small bowl to blend. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the mashed potatoes. Recipe can be prepared up to this point 6 hours ahead of time; cover and chill.

Bake, uncovered, until the topping is golden brown, about 20 minutes.


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This was the first time I've baked mashed potatoes, these were pretty good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe because it was one of the only ones that did not require eggs or cream. I also had everything and some frozen potatoes to use up.<div>This worked out for me but I did not use exactly the same ingredients even thought I followed the instructions.</div><div>What I worked with was ; raw chopped white potatoes with the skins left on, instead of mozzarella low fat black diamond medium cheddar cheese  freshly shredded, Pre-grated and dry Parmesan cheese, 2% milk, margarine, breadcrumbs on top and pepper.</div><div>Its a little strong I think for some people. The Parmesan is definitely alot in this recipe but I enjoy it. I just microwaved some of it from last night and it was still fine to eat.</div><div>Its edible but next time I may try to add just half of the Parmesan. I thought I would share my experience as this recipe didn't seem to work out for some people.</div><div>I think this may be as cheeses melt differently and form differently based on their moisture and milk content from what I've found.</div> item not reviewed by moderator and published
They were the WORST tasting Potatoes I have ever had item not reviewed by moderator and published
can I make these the night before? item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is best served immediately. It doesn't refrigerate &amp; reheat well. I think because of the high cheese content, it becomes totally solid when refrigerated. Which is ok, but then when you microwave it, it never gets back to the original texture. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thatsa lotsa mozzerella. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this tonight for Easter and WOW! So yummy.. Everybody loved them.. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this and how simple it is to make. For my preference I added some diced caramelized onions, garlic powder, sour cream and chives. It came out tasty and everyone loved it. Served it with a glazed sesame covered salmon. This was a perfect comfort food for the horrible snow storm outside. item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW! This was very delicious and easy to make. Best mashed potatoes recipe by far!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We really enjoyed them. An easy recipe that produces a creamy, decadent side dish item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good but needs a little more moisture next time I make these. They were a little dense. Thanks Giada for the tasty recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the best side dish at our family dinner. Our family always does mashed potatoes for thanksgiving and I was afraid to try this recipe because everyone always looks forward to the turkey and potatoes....it was a hit!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tasted it before I left for the dinner and it tasted good but by the time it was served, it was extremely dense. I made them according to the recipe and even added a little more milk to keep them from being dry. Will be going back to regular mashed potatoes or even scalloped. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A must have for our Thanksgiving and Christmas meals. I made these for Thanksgiving about 3 years ago when I first saw Giada make them on TV. Ever since then, it has become a special request that I bring them every year. It is so simple to make, but also has such complex flavor that everybody can't believe its so easy. I totally recommend these anytime you need to have a side of potatoes. Ps. I add a little bit of garlic powder and sour cream for flavor and creaminess and use Italian bread crumbs on top for the additional spices and flavor. I also make them the day before (to cut down on stress since I have to make the turkey for the 30+ family members that come) and then just pop them in the over for about half an hour until the top is golden brown and crispy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love it it's my go to recipe for mashed potatoes I don't use the breadcrumb topping its so not necessary item not reviewed by moderator and published
mouth heaven. i cut down the cheese and used a mexican blend instead of mozzarella. used golden yellow for russet. added bacon and chives and used cream instead of milk. also used up the bacon fat (yes, it sounds gross instead of butter (why not, it was already there. the table was raving. you simply can&amp;#39;t go wrong with this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
these are the best. lots of flavor, can&amp;#39;t go wrong with this recipe. I never have any leftovers item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everybody at our dinner party last night loved this recipe! The only changes I made were adding some garlic powder to the mixture, used heavy cream instead of milk and made extra of the bread crumbs mixture for the top. If you drizzle the bread crumbs with a bit of olive oil they brown up nicely. I also found that if you refrigerate the potatoes before baking they need about 30 minutes in the oven (covered and an extra 10-15 uncovered to be fully hot at 400 degrees. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Would not make it again. Was not better than regular mashed potatoes. Flavorless and dry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Kids love it .... So do us adults! item not reviewed by moderator and published
delish I actually forgot to peel my potatoes which were red and it gave it even more texture which I love. good taters! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night and everyone LOVED it! The only change/addition was adding garlic salt to taste. Yum!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A nice change from mashed potatoes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good. Everyone ate it up. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Was quite good but nothing special so I added some different blends of cheeses to make it a bit more interesting, gave it 4 stars because it still tasted great. Didn't brown within the 20 minutes though. I would still make this again, the breadcrumbs were a nice touch = item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really good! Everyone loved this recipe. I will definitely be making it again. Perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this dish yesterday and everyone, and I mean everyone went back for seconds. It was the talk at the dinner table about how good the mash potatoes were. And of course they all wanted the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Giada is like one of my favorite chefs. This is the best mashed potatoes I've tasted. Loved it very much.... item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made these potatoes for Christmas dinner for the last four years. I'm not always impressed with Giada's recipes, but this one is terrific. The potatoes are the perfect texture. The mozzarella is not at all overwhelming or gooey, just adds to richness of the dish. The breadcrumb topping is not overpowering either, making these potatoes perfect with or without gravy. Best of all, I make this dish on Christmas Eve, up to the part when the potatoes are put in the baking dish. I then let them cool and store the baking dish in the fridge overnight. I make the parmigiana &amp; breadcrumb topping but keep it stored in the pantry. The next day, I just have to take the potatoes out of the fridge, sprinkle on the topping and bake! No peeling and boiling ,etc. on Christmas day...love it! Perfect Mashed Potatoes &amp; perfectly easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this recipe with only a few modifications. I didn't use the breadcrumbs and added a bit more mozzarella since I used a little more than 4 lb of potatoes. I didn't cut them into 1 inch chunks; I just sliced them in half, so of course they needed to boil for longer. This recipe is AMAZING!! The flavor is just perfect! I paired it with fresh green beans and barefoot contessa recipe for turkey meatloaf. HEAVEN! I love to cook! :- item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this to go with prime rib for Christmas dinner and it was a huge hit. We're a salt loving family and I personally thought it could use a little more salt, but it's no problem to add it at the table. I will taste it next time before baking. Another amazing Gaida recipe. Thank you!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I requested my Aunt make this easy side for Thanksgiving. She claims she cannot cook but you would have never known because it was a hit with everyone. You'll never make regular mashed again after you taste this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great potatoes! Everybody I've fed this to raves about it. It's also a culinary sponge. Try buttermilk instead of whole milk. Toss in a couple or three cloves of minced garlic. Chopped green onion, Cheddar cheese, and bacon bits work great too. Of course I wouldn't put all that in the same dish. ...or would I? Excuse me, please. I have work to do. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Our family loved this potato dish. We love mashed potatoes but I hate trying to keep them moist and warm on a buffet so I decided to try this recipe as an alternative. It worked great! Being able to make them a little ahead and then pop them in the oven 20 minutes before I'm ready to serve worked perfectly, and I was able to keep them warm on a hot plate without them drying out. The Parmesan really made this recipe and the breadcrumbs added a pleasant element of crunch. Nice and creamy too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not a fancy dish but definitely good. I didn't like that the breadcrumbs didn't really brown in the end, but I guess without mixing it with butter you may not get that effect. I would probably kick up the topping a little next time but otherwise the cheese in the potatoes was a winner and really made the potatoes. A very good classic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was decadent. Naughty but such a treat. Made it for thanksgiving and it was a hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe I have to say was quite good. The cheese added a nice texture and flavor to the mashed potatoes but they weren't as creamy as I'd like them to be but still delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these for thanksgiving. Turned out awesome! They were a hit. Prepped a few hours in advance, took them to family gathring, put in oven. They stayed fresh and traveled well. Love this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this recipe I just added a little garlic while I was seasoning it, turned out wonderful! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Got another menu item confused (holiday whacked, sorry and wound up accidentally adding a little shredded cheddar and some cream cheese to the mashed before it dawned on me that I was looking at the wrong recipe. I continued properly, except for using a dash of 1/2 and 1/2 instead of so much milk, because the potatoes were getting pretty "loose". I was a little more generous with crumb/parm topping too, because we realllly love us some crunch, and it was a scrape the pan clean dish. A keeper for sure. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this dish three years ago for the first time. Each year my family wants me to make this one as they ALL love it. The baked mashed potatoes with parmesan cheese and bread crumbs have now become a side dish added to the list of 'traditional' sides we make for the holidays. Yes, the traditional creamy mashed potatoes prepared with milk and butter, whipped to perfection is great! but this side dish takes the traditional into something special. We are a family of Italian-Americans, our grandparents from Italy, we love Giada's recipes, as she knows Italian cooking and real recipes from Italy and Italian traditions. We love Giada and love this recipe! Highly recommended for your holiday menu, and all-year long. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were fabulous! I followed the recipe exactly except for I added a little garlic powder to the potatoes when I salted/peppered them. For those who complained they were bland, I would imagine they just needed more salt. These were creamy and FULL of flavor! The whole family loved them, and we will now be making these for Thanksgiving instead of our old favorite. : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these tonight with pot roast. GREAT recipe!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
ADDICTING! Simply wonderful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am a potato nut, especially on mashed potatoes. I have never had or made any baked mashed potatoes except in shepard's pie. These potatoes were delicious!! Will definitely be making again and again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is great! There is a nice hint of parmigiana and an excellent golden crust all around. I cooked it at 425 for about 40 min and saved a little time. My daughter loves it and it is easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is amazing! simple to make and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make these potatoes all the time, so much better than traditional mashed potatoes and I don't even have to make a gravy! I always double up on the topping...the crunch is the best part! Or maybe the cheesiness is, it's ALL GOOD! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paired this with Giada's Chicken Florentine and it was fantastically delicious. Make sure to use good quality cheese here folks. My boyfriend bought all the ingredients for this and got Kraft pre-shredded parmesean cheese (in a tub and it was mostly tasteless. Made it again with REAL parmesean cheese (grated it myself and it made all the difference in the world. YUM! Take that fake cheese! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing! Was even able to half the recipe and it STILL turned out awesome!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
To borrow a phrase.....YUM-O! Tired of boring mashed potatoes. Indulge with this! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These potatoes are fantastic. I love them because they have so much flavor, you can make them with any meal and you don't need gravy. They are delicious and my kids get so excited when see that I'm making them. Thanks Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the only mashed potatoes my family will eat! It's easy, delicious and foolproof. I bought some potatoes yesterday and my son asked if I was making "giada's potatoes" which is what we call it! I had to come here to get the recipe again, they just love it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super yummy. This was my first time mashing potatoes and they came out nice and smooth and creamy. I normally don't like mashed potatoes because they have too much garlic and/or butter but this is perfect. The only changes I made were using red potatoes instead of russet, and Panko instead of plain bread crumbs. The Panko and cheese didn't brown after almost 20 minutes but that might be because I made the potatoes early and refrigerated for 4-5 hours. I just turned the broiler on for the last couple of minutes in the oven and they crisped nicely. But to be honest, if you skipped the baking part and just ate the potatoes hot off the stove, they'd still be great. The baking just adds a touch of oomph to the dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great mashed potoes!The whole family loved, im pretty sure my mom was jelous!hah item not reviewed by moderator and published
Such a family favorite, I am now asked to make it at every holiday meal. I add a little extra Parmesan and garlic. I also add an egg before baking. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Big hit! Didn't make enough! It was just amazing though I did play with the quantity of most ingredients. Incredible! Added more milk and cheese but a little bit less of butter. Did add more bread crumbs for the topping. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Recipe was AMAZING &amp; DELICIOUS! Must keep for sure! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super good! this recipe will be a staple for my holiday meals. Only thing is that I added more butter, milk, and cheese. Salt is important. It was delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy and inexpensive! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just made these tonight as a trial run for Thanksgiving. These were easy and delicious. For those reviews that thought they were bland, probably didn't use enough salt. Will definitely make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Surprisingly amazing! My mother and grandmother make amazing mashed potatoes so my standards are pretty high. Made these for my boyfriends family and it was just absolutely delicious and so easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy and so incredibly good! Have served this dish multiple times and each time it is a big hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was surprised. The recipe sounded like it would be really good. I found it to be really bland. It needs something more then salt and pepper,, maybe a few chopped green onions in the potatoes before its baked would do it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked this recipe a lot as a change to regular mashed potatoes. I used less milk in mine though because I prefer thicker mashed potatoes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Really yummy. I added fresh parsley, which freshened it up. The only reason I am not giving the dish 5 stars is that without covering in the oven, the potatoes came out ever-so-slightly dry. So next time, I'll be sure to do that. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for thanksgiving.. and it was huge hit...Now I make it constantly. Great Recipe.!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good side, especially for kids. My daughter had seconds and asked for thirds, LOL! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious, and a great technique for boiling potatoes in less time and mashing them easier, by cutting the potatoe into cubes first! I loved this recipe. I also like Tyler Florence's recipe for "Velvety Mashed Potatoes"... item not reviewed by moderator and published
GREAT to make with leftover mashed potatoes or if potatos are starten to sprout, I'll make a batch and freeze some. Super item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a delicious recipe! A bit time consuming but a great alternative to run of the mill mashed potatoes. Will definitely make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had to add a lot of extra butter, or it would have been very dry. But once I did, it was very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were so easy to make and a huge hit with my family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow - these are great! This is super easy and nearly fool proof. It is crowd pleaser - it tastes like you really worked at it - loved that it could be made ahead and then 20 minutes of baking at the end. I followed the recipe -except I used 5 pounds of potatoes - it was just perfect. Thanks for a great one! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a decent recipe. I used 2 large russet potatoes, 1/2 cup of butter, 3/4 cup of milk and 1 cup of moz. cheese. Before the cheese the mashed potatoes were good and with the cheese...they simply tasted the same. When I put this in the oven, the potatoes suffled a little bit and even without the parmesean and the bread crumbs, it browned a little bit. Although, these were good I'm not sure I would make them again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A little bit too cheesy for me, but still a great side dish! ... quick to make also! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Decadent with all the cheese. Love that it's a make ahead recipe. I used 3 lbs of Yukon gold potatoes as that's what I had in the house. Still used the same amount of liquids and it worked out perfectly. Also substituted panko for the bread crumbs on the top as I like the extra crunch. Did have to put it under the broiler for a few minutes to get the panko and parmesan to brown. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I traveled so much over the holidays and did not have much "down" time...so yesterday (1/9/11), I decided to make a nice, big comfort meal for just the two of us. This recipe was wonderful! The only change I made was that I added 1/2c of sharp cheddar and only 1c of motz. YUMMY! I will make some potato pancakes with the leftovers! Thanks Giada! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are very good, and come out with a great texture. We use italian instead of plain bread crumbs, and cubed mozzarella instead of shredded. The mozzarella just seems to disappear when you use shredded, and you get wonderful cheesy bites with the cubes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was pretty good. The topping didn't seem to be enough for the amount of potatoes, so I would suggest that you use only 3 potatoes, but keep the rest of the ingredient amounts the same. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious, good flavor. Agree with others, a little dry. Will add more milk next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family love these mashed potatoes theres never any left over. Ive made it a tradition for the last 2 years to make it for holidays! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome recipe, easy to make, all my friends love it item not reviewed by moderator and published
This reciepe is SOOOO GOOD!! I made it for Thanksgiving for a large family pot luck--had to make double because large family so just doubled up everything in reciepe. Everyone raved about my potatoes, "these are good, real good" "the potatoes were delicious, the best I have ever had" "I have eaten at 4 different thanksgiving dinners today and these are the best mashed potatoes by far" "you made these, wow, you need to give me the reciepe" These came out great. They were fluffly, cheesy, and had good texture. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this receipe you just can't go wrong with it. I also made a smaller side of garlic mashed potatoes--same receipe but just added some garlic powder at cheese mixing and these were very yummy. Lastly both versions taste great by themselves and even better with turkey gravy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
this is very good i make this for my boyfriend an his roomate they eat it up they love it better than plan on potatoes thanks for the putting this on here keep up the good work an i love watching your show im a big fan of yours casey lucas item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good...I thought the bread crumbs were unecessary...maybe I'll try Panko next time...they made awesome potato pancakes the next morning. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome recipe! I made these potatoes for a holiday party with coworkers and they were a hit! I did add a little extra cheese and milk but they turned out super rich and creamy! I am definitely keeping this in my bag of tricks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was super delicious! I was brave and made it for Thanksgiving. I wasn't sure how it would turn out so I made 1/2 the serving size recommended and the dish was demolished! Everyone raved about it. I will be making it again for Christmas and will add more cheese AND bread crumbs. The amount of crumbs recommended wasn't crunchy enough for my liking. Overall, an outstanding dish!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow...I'm so suprised about the below comments. I'm no chief my any means, but I made this recipe for Thanksgiving and it came out great! My whole family was saying how great it tasted. I did take some adviced a previous review and added Italian bread crumbs and some garlic salt. Im definitely making it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were awful!!!! Too much cheese, etc added to the potatoes made them the least favorite Thanksgiving dish for our family. Baking the potatoes dried them out too much and they lost the creaminess they had before they went in the oven. Would never make again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I hated these. Even tried covering them in Thanksgiving gravy, still can barely eat them. The crunchy texture of the breadcrumbs, the cheese, just was not "my cup of tea". item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for Thanksgiving and it was great. Everyone complimented this dish, and wanted to know the recipe for it. Thanks Giada. it was a hit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are wonderful! I made them for Easter &amp; my husband requested them again for Thanksgiving. My picky teenager loves these, and even ate them for a snack in the evening! I do give them just a few moments under the broiler, just to get the bread crumb &amp; parmesan topping browned. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE THIS recipe. T I make it every year and it pleases even the pickiest eater. Very good it deserves an A item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these yesterday for Thanksgiving and I really believe they are the best mashed potatoes I've ever eaten - with just a little tweeking to our taste. First of all I boiled the potatoes in half water and half left over homemade chicken stock, for an additional layer of flavor. And, although the mashed potatoes were just right when I put them in the casserole dish, they came out of the oven just a tad (to my way of thinking) dry. Next time, and there will be many next times, I will add a little more milk and a little less bread crumbs. Otherwise I can't recommend this recipe highly enough! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good but not the best potatoes I ever had. My family enjoyed them at Thanksgiving dinner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great and easy way to wow your guests! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfection... item not reviewed by moderator and published
We have definitely found the mashed pototoe recipe that I family will always use for family dinners. We have used Giada's receipe for 2 years now during the holidays and separately for our own family dinners and we have the best compliments about the mashed potatoes - we seldom have leftovers- but when we do reheat them the next day - they are just as good if not better! Thanks Giada for helping another Italian family eat well!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I Agree potatoes are usually not good about using later, lol, but i have put them in the fridge to use later and just add some sour cream, cream cheese, and/or milk, &amp; cream and then heat them up and its like they were just made, and it's actually really good flavoring from the sour cream and cream cheese combined in the potatoes... Just thought I'd share that with ya, lol. :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Do you double the recipe? I am making this for Thanksgiving this year for 13 people. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would double it. That's how many I'm feeding too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
serving size says 6-8 so i would at least double it..maybe triple if you have meat n tater eaters at yo house, lol item not reviewed by moderator and published

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