Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Total Time:
1 hr
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 heads garlic
  • 6 pounds Idaho potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • Salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 (12-ounce) carton sour cream
  • 1 (8-ounce) block sharp white Cheddar, grated
  • 1 1/2 pounds cooked bacon, julienned
Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut tops off 2 garlic heads. Wrap in foil and roast for 30 minutes. When cool enough to handle remove the flesh from the garlic heads and set aside.

In a large stockpot, cook potatoes in enough salted water to cover for 10 to 15 minutes or until tender.

Drain and return to stockpot. Beat with an electric mixer until smooth; adding salt, to taste, pepper, butter, garlic and sour cream. With a spatula stir in cheese and bacon. Add more salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve immediately.


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Made this for New Year's Eve....huge hit! I used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Potatoes ended up a little less "creamy" than I like.......should have added some milk to make them smoother. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Big hit for my family at Christmas. Used a lot less bacon than it calls for but it was plenty. Also used fat free sour cream and reduced fat cheddar and it was EXCELLENT! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I subbed half the sour cream for cream cheese and I added jalapeños (sauteed in a bit of oil, peeled, then diced them). They were awesome! Oh, I also didn't use an electric mixer - I just smashed and mixed them with a fork. They were a bit chunky but still so yummy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made these mashed potatoes every Thanksgiving for the past 3 years and they are a HUGE hit! Last year I actually used cream cheese instead of the sour cream and it was amazing. Very easy and a must try! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So delicious! I did add a little milk because they were really thick but the flavor is amazing!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor is great - but the reason I gave it only four stars is because it is simply too thick . Next time I will add milk to the potatoes and butter when mashing them and then adding the remainder. Our guests had trouble getting the potatoes off the serving spoon! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great mashed potoates item not reviewed by moderator and published
it was awesome item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for Christmas Eve dinner and it was delicious. My husband said, "These are the best mashed potatos I've EVER had!" I was worried about how the cheese would taste but no worries now! The cheese was not too much and the bacon was perfect. I would make these again and again. Thanks PAULA!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMGosh!!!! This recipe is a piece of Heaven!!!! I saw this recipe, last Saturday, and made it that night. When the show was repeated on Monday or Tuesday, I barely had some leftover to eat while watching the show, it was fun tasting LMP while seeing it being prepared on TV!! It reminded me of the Loaded Baked Potato Soup I used to get @ Bennigan's. I don't have to miss the soup anymore, when I can make this dish!! WOW!! says it all!! Paula's recipes make me a better cook every time I try them. Thanks, Food Network & Paula Deen!!lol (That's what it tasted like!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A wonderful dish for Thanksgiving or any other night. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was great! I cut the recipe in half, because I only cooked for two, and my boyfriend and I both enjoyed it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Always a favorite in my house! This dish is so delicious, my family keeps requesting me to make it, especially for the holidays! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A great recipe. This side dish is quite popular with my family and we make it often. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Pretty good, but not five star spectacular. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe for my family... THEY LOVED IT! One thing I was worried about was not having enough ingredients; I was low on sour cream and bacon. Though as I ws making it I "eyeballed" the amount of ingredients I needed for the rest. I used a little less pepper (not a big pepper person)and salt and used the same amount of butter and cheese. When the potatoes reached the tabel my baby bro resisted (5yrs old). Though one spoonful sent him diving into the pot! It was the same with the rest of the fam! Thanks for such a great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Came out real good, the kids loved them item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made so many things for thanksgiving, and this was by far my family's favorite. It makes enough for at the very least 8-10 people. We had four big eaters (maybe two cups of potatoes each on thanksgiving...seriously, we couldn't stop eating them) and still had potatoes for the next few days. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These potatoes were super delicious! I know some users said they were too salty, but I added salt to the boiling water and as I mashed and whipped them, I salted to taste. I thought they were going to be a little on the bland side.... until I added the cheese! Sooo good. My guests wanted seconds. I didn't add any bacon to them (one of my guests was off pork for some reason... go figure), but they were still wonderful. It was hard to eat a lot of them because they were so thick and rich, but definitely delicious. Another recipe for my arsenal. I swear, this site and the users on it have me looking like an excellent cook! Thanks to all. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best. Potatoes. Ever. Bacon, butter, sour cream...seriously, could it get any better than that? I like my mashed potatoes super buttery, so I always add extra (clearly Paula and I think alike :D ), and the addition of the sharp cheddar gave the potatoes an amazing kick. This is a Thanksgiving staple. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I also added a little milk to make it a little smoother in the end. The cheese really made it delicious. These potatoes are great with meatloaf. item not reviewed by moderator and published
after following recipe exactly , I added some milk because I like a smoother wetter mash. aslo added some parsley which I always love in my potaoes. Came out great. You can find the white cheddar at walmart and other stores where the block cheese is the brand mostly is Cabot. I thought this was missing something so I may just try it with yellow cheddar ( since that is what I use most ) and maybe more butter ( surprised she didnt use more here) lol next time. over all it was resturant quality for sure so please try. item not reviewed by moderator and published
CASSEROLE WAS GREAT!! I COULD NOT FIND WHITE CHEDDAR ANYWHERE IN MY AREA THAT I LIVE IN. WHAT COULD ONE SUBSITUTE FOR THE WHITE CHEDDAR, MONTEREY JACK, MOZZARELLA ECT? item not reviewed by moderator and published
But I would leave out the cheese. I couldn't find "white" sharp cheddar cheese so I bought the "yellow" sharp cheddar cheese. I don't know if that made the difference or not but it was tooo sharp for my taste. Other than that, it was really good. I read the reviews before I prepared the dish so I was on the look out for too much salt and I salted to taste. Salt was not the problem. That cheese was. Always a fan Paula item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made these potatoes several times and they have always turned out delicious. For those of you who say these are too salty, you probably added 3 tablespoons of salt to the already mashed potatoes. ADD THE SALT TO THE BOILING WATER and you probably won't even need any more salt. Also, with this specific recipe, the bacon also adds saltiness to the potatoes so watch out for that. But I gotta say, with any recipe, salt, for the most part, is to taste so if you think that the measurements in the recipe are too much, then just don't use that much! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these potatoes for Christmas with a Pork Roast, had to double the recipe because there were 15 of us. Everyone loved them-prepared them the night befor and put them in the oven in the morning. they were wonderful! GREAT WAY TO MAKE POTATOES! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I know..."butter makes everything better," but I just cut the butter in half, used low fat sour cream, and turkey bacon. YUM YUM YUM! Paula you're awesome. item not reviewed by moderator and published
On Thanksgiving, we made regular mashed potatoes with butter and small amount of liguid for consistency. We also made the above recipe. Bottom line...we had regular mashed spuds left over...not a morsel of Paula's "loaded spuds".For what this is worth to you...try it...you'll like it! Thanks Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was craving for some mashed potatoes and decided to give this recipe a try. It turn out so delicious! One thing I never do though is follow anyone recipes recommendation on how much salt to put. I always put my own dash of salt and pepper to my liking. And it turn out perfect! I am planning to make this again for x'mas dinner. Thanks Paula for a great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I work at a large Orthopaedic office, and we had an office Thanksgiving potluck. I said I would bring potatoes. When I saw this recipe, I thought it would knock everyone's socks off. It really did. The doc's were upset that they could not get seconds. :O) As for the salt issue, I limited the intake on the recipe, and the potatoes turned out great! I even made them for Thanksgiving dinner, which did not not last long at the dinner table. Now I am headed to Phoenix for Christmas, and I am told that I have to make them for the Christmas dinner. Paula, thanks for the great recipes, and the" love" you put in to them! Happy Holidays from Jacksonville, FL :O) item not reviewed by moderator and published
My son made these and there were no leftovers. A keeper ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made a lot of different mashed potatoes dishes and this is our favorite. Pretty basic but oh so good. Will make again for sure. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an excellent recipe! I love the sour cream and bacon in it! Yes, the garlic roasting took longer than stated. One alteration was using pepper bacon. It definitely gives it a little kick! Thanks, Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These potatoes were a big hit on my dinner table. If you like a baked potatoe loaded, than you will love this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We found this recipe good. I add 4 teaspoons of the bacon grease and then Pow... they were excellent. Very tasteful. They were gone in a bit. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are delicious!! So creamy and flavorful...only used one head of garlic and the roasting took about an hour, not the 30 minutes the recipe says. I also used Yukon Gold as opposed to Idaho which I think always make a better mashed potato. These are going to be served at Thanksgiving FOR SURE this year! item not reviewed by moderator and published
im a potato fanatic and these are the best potatoes Ive ever had so far in my life. I used minced garlic over the 2 garlic heads and peeling the potatoes was a pain but completely worth it. it was a huge hit and my friends couldnt get enough of it. they were gone so quickly. thanks so much!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Theres truly nothing else like it in the world!! Im from the south and my momma used to fix something like this all the tim when I was growing up . But truly , Mom , sorry this is better!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A Home Run / Slam Dunk. Truly the highlight of any meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe this evening and it was a hit. My 21 mos. old daughter loved them. I cut the recipe in half though because we are a family of three. This would be a great dish to make for the holidays with lots of family and friends around to eat them up! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I adjusted this recipe to reflect my current contempt for bacon after cooking 10lbs of it in a very confined apartment, but it was still amazing. I served these potatoes along with Tyler Florence's horseradish crusted prime rib and they were perfect! My husband is a huge mashed potato fan, and he relished every bite of them! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This are fabulous!!! Everyone loved these potatoes for Christmas dinner! As for the saltiness other reviewers have mentioned... just put as much salt as is thought it needs and one can always add more to it as one goes, that is what I did and do for all recipes! Also, I added another stick of butter for I did not think it buttery enough! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My daughter made this dish for our Christmas Eve dinner. What a major disappointment for her to find it turned out so salty. For those who reviewed it and found it salty, too, I'd like to propose the following: 3 TABLESPOONS salt for 6 pounds of potatoes is too much salt regardless of the type of salt used. Check out some other recipes and consider the ratios. Most only call for measured salt to add to the water when cooking the potatoes. Six pounds of potatoes is roughly 6-8 potatoes and tablespoons of salt might be called for to add to the potato cooking water. Reviewing other recipes for salt equivalents finds the chefs suggesting "generously" seasoning the finished product with salt and pepper but no specific measured amount. Hope this gets corrected or at least the reviews read before preparing. Out family's solution: we divided the left overs and planned to add some more mashed potatoes without the salt to help 'dilute' the original recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this tonight, and we loved it! For those who found it too salty, did you use table salt, or kosher salt? Remember, a lot of the chefs on the Food Network use kosher salt, which has much larger grains. It ends up being about half as much salt. As I regularly use Morton kosher salt, this turned out fine. Check the salt box for conversion amounts, since the grain size varies from brand to brand. If you use table salt, cut the amount in about half - 1 to 1-1/2 Tablespoons should do the trick! Good Luck! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wondered about the 3 T salt and so I used 2 T. and it is still too salty. Next time I will try 1 T. With the right amount of salt, this would be an excellent recipe. I can't help but wonder if the 3 T salt was meant to be 3 tsp. item not reviewed by moderator and published
&& it was still delicious! instead of roasting the garlic, i simply minced fresh garlic. i used peppered bacon for extra flavor. && i used mexican blend cheese in place of the white cheddar. also, i used yukon gold potatoes. this recipe was awesome because i could make it my own. my family devoured the entire pot && asked when i would be making them again. i'll be making them for our christmas supper this year. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are probably my favorite mashed potatoes! I love this recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
3 T Salt????? item not reviewed by moderator and published

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