When I need to make dinner in advance, because I will not be around the kitchen at 6pm, I try to think of recipes I can make in the morning or early afternoon-that still taste good at dinner time. It’s hard!!! This is a great recipe that is a no brainer and can be made a day or two in advance if needed.  It is great to serve at a casual dinner party as well.  
I don’t really have measurements for this recipe it is just how you like it.  I typically use the store bought pre-made mashed potatoes (Hormel, Country Crock, Simply Potatoes). No one can tell the difference and it is a HUGE time saver. If I am feeling really Julia Childish then I will peel, boil and mash Russet potatoes. But, honestly I love to cook, but I have other things to do in my day than spend hours in the kitchen making dinner.  I want to serve a homemade meal to my family, but if I can find a shortcut that does not compromise the taste I am going to use it.  Just throw away the container and no one will know you didn’t make it from scratch.  
Now, this is not a “healthy” side dish, but it is oh so good!  I never have any left over when I make this.  Maybe that is why I can’t loose that extra 7 pounds of back fat:) Next year I will make a resolution to not finish all the potatoes in the bowl.  I mean January is almost over so I can’t make a new resolution this year. I will just wait-no need to add more pressure to this year’s already broken resolutions. 
Enjoy these and just make everyone eat standing up-I hear that if you stand while you eat there are no calories. 


Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

Serves 4-6

1 (24oz) container pre-made mashed potatoes
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (save a tablespoon for garnish)
3-4 slices cooked bacon, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
2 Tablespoons sour cream
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Preheat oven to 300°

In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and taste for seasoning.  Depending on the brand of potatoes you use you might or might not need salt.

Spray an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray.  Spread the potato mixture into the dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top and bake until heated through-about 20 minutes.

* If you want to make your own mashed potatoes you will need 1-2lb. of Russet potatoes to make 4-6 servings.

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