Mashed potatoes are no doubt a timeless classic. They are more than just a side dish; they are the ultimate comfort food. Their creamy, velvety texture and delightful taste make them a cherished favourite for many. Whether it’s part of a simple meal or an elevated side dish to grace a special occasion, mashed potatoes stand as a culinary symbol of comfort and versatility. Our mashed potato casserole will certainly not be overlooked and your guests will definitely be wanting seconds!
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Comfort in Every Bite
For children, mashed potatoes are often an introduction to solid foods. Their soft, smooth texture makes them easily palatable and digestible for young ones. The familiar taste and simplicity offer a sense of comfort, making mashed potatoes a go-to meal for parents.
During illness, when the body craves something light yet nourishing, mashed potatoes become a gentle source of sustenance. Their easy-to-digest nature, combined with the energy from the potatoes, provides comfort and solace during times of sickness.
Elevating the Simple Spud
Beyond their role as a comfort food, mashed potatoes possess incredible versatility. While they shine as a simple and satisfying dish, they can also be elevated to grace any table for diverse occasions.
The journey from simple to sensational begins with the right ingredients and technique. Incorporating butter, cream, or milk, and various seasonings can transform mashed potatoes from a basic side to a rich, flavorful delight. Herbs like rosemary or chives, and the addition of garlic or cheese, can elevate the taste profile, adding layers of complexity to the dish. Our mashed potato casserole will soon be one of your favourite side dishes.
Mashed Potato Casserole
1100g Russet potatoes
Salt to taste
115g unsalted butter
225g cheese (I use a mix of Cheddar and Mozzarella)
2 tablespoons spring onions
- Boil potatoes over a medium to high heat in seasoned water. Cook until you can pierce the potatoes with a knife. Using a colander, drain the potatoes.
- Add the milk and butter to a small saucepan, cooking until the butter has fully melted. Add the cream cheese, whisking until fully combined then add to the potatoes.
- Mash the potatoes until creamy. Add to a Pyrex dish.
- Air fry the bacon until golden brown. Cut into small pieces and add to the top of the mashed potatoes.
- Top the potatoes with the grated cheese and bake at 190℃ (375℉) for 15-20 minutes
Perfect for Every Occasion
Mashed potatoes, when crafted with care, become the perfect accompaniment for any occasion. They complement hearty roasts at a festive dinner, enhance a casual backyard barbecue, or even stand alone as a star dish in a vegetarian or vegan feast. Their adaptability makes them a staple that seamlessly fits into any culinary setting.
If you are making our mashed potato casserole as part of your Thanksgiving or Christmas menus, be sure to check out our guide to perfect turkey and search our page for our delicious side dishes and desserts to compliment your dinner menu.
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