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Whenever my family sits down for a big feast, mashed potatoes are the one dish that physically cannot be passed around the table fast enough. Before the pot lands in my grubby little hands, I monitor everyone's mountainous scoops with watchful eyes. And no matter how large the servings seem to be (each bigger than the last), there is somehow always enough to go around. That, my friends, is the magic of mashed potatoes.
Everyone has a preferred style of mashed potatoes: You can take them plain with a pat of butter, salt, and pepper, or make them really garlicky and mix in a few herbs. There's the crowd-pleasing volcano-style with gravy lava pouring over the sides. And of course, there are those who take their potatoes cheesy — the cheesier the better. If you're a loyal devotee of the last group, you'll really like this loaded mashed potato casserole recipe from Dinner at the Zoo.
There's a lot of cheese. And sour cream. And bacon. And herbs. And did we mention it's customizable? It's called "loaded" mashed potato casserole for a reason, people! That means you have permission to load on whatever potato-friendly toppings you have on hand with reckless abandon. Jalapeños, tomatoes, frizzled onions, minced garlic, and cream cheese are all fair game!
The best part about this recipe is that you can make the whole thing ahead of time and pop it in the oven when you're ready to bake it. There will definitely be enough of this to go around — I hope.
→ Get the Recipe: Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole from Dinner at the Zoo