Sunday, July 24, 2011

Loaded Potato Bake

5 medium-size potatoes, peeled
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup cooking cream cheese
1 Tbsp dehydrated onion
1/4 cup butter or margarine
4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 string cheese sticks
French fried onions (optional)

Boil the potatoes in salted water to cover until tender. Drain.  Mash lightly with a fork. While still hot, add the sour cream, cream cheese, onion, butter, bacon, pepper and salt. Mix well.  Cut cheese sticks into small pieces.  Fold into potato mix.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place in a casserole dish sprayed with non-stick spray. Sprinkle Parmesan on top. Bake 20 minutes.  During last 5 minutes of baking top with French fried onions and bake last 5 minutes.  More cheese can be added at this time if desired.

Comments – you can add just about anything to this simple dish.  Broccoli would be a great addition.  The bacon can be left out and roast beef can be added making the dish a main course.  Spring onions would make a great substitute for the dehydrated onions.  You can also use instant potatoes but they won't be near as good as the real thing.  Think With Your Taste Buds!
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