Loaded Mashed Potato Bake

Loaded Mashed Potato Bake - for leftover mashed potatoes or the main event! | foxeslovelemons.com

It’s here! It’s here! Thanksgiving week is here! I look forward to this week all year. I can spend as much time as humanely possible in the kitchen, and nobody bats an eye. I can make a ridiculous amount of food for a gathering of six people, and nobody judges. This week, I’m also thinking about everything I have to be thankful for.

Not all that long ago, I was stuck in a job I didn’t enjoy, and wondering what the heck I should do next. After many sleepless nights, distracted days and conversations with the hubs, it was finally decided that I should go to culinary school. So I did. But then I still didn’t know what to do next. Somewhere along the way, I started this blog. I started creating recipes and taking pictures of them. People started reading and commenting and saying nice things. And I started getting clients willing to compensate me for doing what I love. Everybody dreams of making a living doing what they love, and right now, that’s just what I’m doing. And I’m thankful.

I’m thankful for everybody that has stopped by this blog – whether it be for just a moment or a moment each day.To further say “thank you,” I’ve created this mega crazeballs awesome recipe for you. It can be made for Thanksgiving, or the day after using leftover mashed potatoes. Heck, it can be made any day at any time of the year! Mashed potatoes loaded with sour cream, cheddar, bacon and onions? Topped with crushed-up cheese crackers? I’m thankful this is the week I can eat a huge scoop of this loaded mashed potato bake and not really feel guilty about it. [insert mental picture of Joey Tribbiani wearing his Thanksgiving pants here].

Loaded Mashed Potato Bake - for leftover mashed potatoes or the main event! | foxeslovelemons.com

Loaded Mashed Potato Bake

Yield: 4 servings


  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup coarsely crushed cheese crackers
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes (leftover or fresh)
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray small casserole dish with nonstick spray. In small bowl, combine crackers and butter.
  2. If using leftover potatoes, heat them in microwave 1 minute to soften. Add sour cream, garlic powder and pepper; stir until well combined. Reserve 2 tablespoons each cheese and bacon. Add onions, parsley and remaining cheese and bacon to potatoes; stir until well combined.
  3. Transfer mixture to prepared casserole dish and sprinkle with cracker mixture and reserved bacon and cheese. Bake 25 minutes or until heated through.

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  1. My husband prefers roasted potato over mashed. He says mashed are so boring, but I but if I served up these he would be won over.

  2. I loved that Friends episode, Lori! It’s one of my favorites. And your loaded mashed potatoes would be most welcome on my table!

    How many people can say they have their dream job? You are truly living the dream!

  3. Loaded is right, totally delicious. I would love a bowlful right now. Crushed cheese crackers, yum, love Cheez its, I could eat a whole box.

  4. This is so perfect for meals even beyond Thanksgiving. Such a crowd pleaser!

  5. I could eat these once a week and never get tired of them!

  6. A gorgeous recipe to celebrate finding your passion Lori! For that is one of the things that will always make life enjoyable. Love the idea of baking the mashed potato as a casserole!

  7. I am not only thankful for the potatoes, bacon, sour cream, cheese but oh those crushed up cheese crackers have me over the edge!!

  8. Oh my goodness this is a loaded mashed potato bake…which is super duper delicious looking and sounding! Congratulations, Lori, on all your well deserved success =)

  9. This is crazy pants, and I love it! I don’t usually go for mashed potatoes, but that’s obviously because I’ve been doing it wrong my whole life.

  10. Bahaha, I quote Friends OFTEN, and we celebrated Thanksgiving #1 today and I referenced the sweat pants line, myself. I love this dish, p.s.!

  11. Pass the bowl, and you might not get it back! These sound amazing!

  12. I know we’ll have some mashed potatoes left over this week so I cannot wait to try this recipe!

  13. Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!!!! This looks incredible! My Husband would love it if I made a dish like this for him!!

  14. Wow what a fantastic loaded potato bake. It sounds and looks fantastic!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!!

  15. Oh, man, my family would go nuts for this potato casserole! So much better than ordinary sweet potatoes! Happy Thanksgiving, my friend!

  16. Lori, I absolutely LOVE dishes like this! either using leftovers or throwing all sorts of deliciousness together. and it has all of my favorite things!!! looks delicious! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  17. Yes. That’s all I have to say, okay and please may I have some?

  18. I think this would be one of those dishes where I would stand with a wooden spoon ready to smack the hand of anyone who tried to get any of it.

  19. Bring on the Thanksgiving pants and park this dish right in front of me. Wow it looks so good. I mean really good. Incredibly comfort-in-my-tummy good.

  20. I like the cracker idea, cheesy, salty, bacon ummmm!

  21. I’m still trying to figure it all out, Lori, and I definitely have you as an inspiration. I just wrote a super angsty post about whether I should stay in my stable full time job or say t’hell with it and go do something crazy but fun and potentially totally fulfilling. Sigh. I’ll just have to make pans ‘n pans of this ridiculously delicious mashed potato bake to stuff my face while I’m mulling over my life choices!

  22. Everything I LOVE in a dish!

  23. I love this recipe, I have a similar one, it’s the bomb!! Isn’t it nice doing what we love? Happy belated Thanksgiving. 🙂

  24. Hi Lori, just had this alongside a baked chicken recipe and salad. It was so good. I did though, have to guess when to add in the prepared chesse crackers in the directions. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Oh my gosh, Esther, I skipped a step when writing up the directions! Thanks so much for pointing it out – going in to correct it now. The crackers are sprinkled on top with the rest of the reserved goodies 🙂

      No matter where you ended up putting the crackers in, I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

  25. Hi!  I love this recipe and want to use it for our big family Thanksgiving.  Any suggestions for modifying this recipe to feed 30 to 40 people?


    • Hi Joy! So glad you like the recipe, and I hope it’s a hit for you at Thanksgiving. I’ve definitely never made it in that kind of quantity, but you should be able to multiply the recipe by any factor you need to to make sure you have enough (and just let me know if you need help scaling the recipe). Also – you can prep this in 2-3 days advance! Just cover and refrigerate, and bake when you’re ready to serve.

      I also have an easy method for making a large quantity of bacon. This might help 🙂 http://foxeslovelemons.com/culinary-school-lesson-bakin-bacon

      Let me know if you have any questions as you work on it. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

  26. Um, yes please! I can practically taste this already. It must smell divine coming out of the oven.

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