Welcome to Simple Fare, Fairly Simple. This is a place for me to post recipes of all kinds...along with other miscellaneous fodder from my so-called life here in the south. Who knows what you will find here. Could be anything from my husband...known as IT Guy...to my kids and beautiful grandbabies that are growing up way too fast right before my eyes. But...mostly this will be a place for food. I hope you'll see something you like and if you decide to try something from the list...leave me a comment and let me know!

Friday, July 29, 2011

I realized I don't put a ton of side dishes up here on SFFS so I decided to be more diligent in that area. And besides...who doesn't love a good side dish? And who doesn't love a good side dish made with potatoes? I know I do. This was a fun and easy dish to whip together. It would be great to take to a get together. If you're running short on time you could even use frozen mashed potatoes...but fresh are much better. I only had russets but my favorite are the Yukon Golds. The russets worked great here...it was delicious!!!

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

8 medium potatoes – washed and left unpeeled
1 6.5-ounce container Garlic & Herb Cheese Spread

½ cup milk
6 pieces bacon – diced and cooked
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 cups grated cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 11x7 inch casserole dish with non-stick spray.

Cube and cook potatoes until tender. Drain. Pour potatoes back into the pot and stir in the cheese spread. Add the milk, cooked bacon, and salt and pepper. Spread potatoes into prepared pan and sprinkle with cheese.

Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes until hot and cheese has melted.

This is what you'll need. 
Remember..you can also used 
frozen mashed potatoes.

Dice the bacon then throw it in a frying pan.

Cook it until it's nice and crispy, 
then drain it on some paper towels.

Dice and cook the potatoes until tender. 
Then throw in the cheese spread.

Then add the bacon, milk, salt and pepper. 
I also threw in about 1/2 stick of butter...
but that's optional.

Mix it up real good then 
spread it in a greased pan.

Sprinkle the cheese on top 
then bake for a little while.

Yum...melted cheese and hot potatoes!!!