This baked cheesy potato dish is a family favorite. It is excellent with chicken or BBQ ribs.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • In a 2 quart casserole, combine mashed potatoes, Cheddar cheese, American cheese, Parmesan cheese, bacon bits (reserving 1 tablespoon of the bacon bits for later use), onion, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Stir until the cheeses begin to melt.

  • Combine melted butter, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, reserved bacon bits, onion powder and bread crumbs. Crumble mixture over the potato-cheese mixture.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until the topping has browned.

Cook's Note:

I use real fresh mashed potatoes for this. Make sure they're still hot when you prepare this, so the cheeses start to melt.

Nutrition Facts

613 calories; protein 29.9g 60% DV; carbohydrates 31.4g 10% DV; fat 41g 63% DV; cholesterol 119mg 40% DV; sodium 1575.9mg 63% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2003
Okay, so I cheated A LOT with this recipe, and only used it as an idea. First, I didn't use instant potatoes, but freshed mashed my own. Second, I didn't use bacon bits. I used about 1/2 C. real bacon, diced, fried crisp and drained well. (about 6-8 slices) Then along with all the other ingredients, added about 3 oz of cream cheese, 1/2 c sour cream, and a little over 1/4 diced velveeta cheese. Instead of onions, which my husband can't eat, I used about 1 1/2 Tablespoons of chopped chives. I also used seasoned bread crumbs instead of plain ones on top. The leftover kept well in the refrig, and reheated like a dream. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/29/2005
It had a really good flavor but too much topping. Next time I will saute the onion and only make half of the topping. Read More
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  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2003
Okay, so I cheated A LOT with this recipe, and only used it as an idea. First, I didn't use instant potatoes, but freshed mashed my own. Second, I didn't use bacon bits. I used about 1/2 C. real bacon, diced, fried crisp and drained well. (about 6-8 slices) Then along with all the other ingredients, added about 3 oz of cream cheese, 1/2 c sour cream, and a little over 1/4 diced velveeta cheese. Instead of onions, which my husband can't eat, I used about 1 1/2 Tablespoons of chopped chives. I also used seasoned bread crumbs instead of plain ones on top. The leftover kept well in the refrig, and reheated like a dream. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2003
Absolutly amazing! This is totally worth the extra effort involved. I made this with homemade mashed potatoes and real crumbled bacon. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2003
This recipe is really great I made it for company the first time and everyone loved it I gave them the recipe. I used real mashed potatoes and real bacon and it was delicious! Sandra Riotto Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/06/2003
These were good but I changed up the recipe a bit. I used real potatoes instead of the instant ones used green onions and added garlic butter (from this site) to add a little more flavor. Good recipe....thanks for posting. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2003
Pretty tasty. I added some chopped green onions insted of reg onions. I agree with another reviewer who said that a full cup of bread crumbs may be too much...next time I'll reduce the crumb toppping mix by half. It's good and I will make again playing around with perhaps sprinkling some butter over the potatoes before the bread crumbs or perhaps some sour cream (?). Sometimes things need practice before they're perfect. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/05/2003
If you have to eat instant mashed potatoes this is the way to do it. I don't care for instant potatoes but with all the cheese and extra flavoring you don't even realize they are instant. I did use real bacon rather than bacon bits though. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/29/2005
It had a really good flavor but too much topping. Next time I will saute the onion and only make half of the topping. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/24/2003
Very good. Next time I'd make and use only half of the crumb topping. It just seemed to make too much. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2005
Excellent way to spice up instant mashed pototoes. I used what I had on hand which called for a little improvising. Used cheddar and colby-jack cheeses. Added a little extra onion for texture a lot less bacon bits (cause I didnt have very many)And for the topping I didnt have bread crumbs so I used crushed baked potato chips with the parmesean and powder and butter. Lays I think they were but YUMMY was that good! Spray the top with olive oil or whatever spray oil you like and it turns out beautifully! Also a yummy way to make the texture and flavor more interesting would be to dice up some green and other colored peppers and mix them in too. I'll try that the next time I make them when I don't have picky munchkin's to feed! Thanks for the ideas Melissa! Read More
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