How to make loaded baked potatoes casserole

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We all know that mashed potatoes are a brilliant side dish for almost any family dinner; however, when you're looking to add a bit more punch to your dinner table, try digging into this amazing Loaded Baked Potato Casserole. Chock full of delicious baked potatoes, crumbly bacon, sour cream, cheddar cheese and with an added kick of Ro*Tel, this casserole is bound to leave you speechless.
Requiring only 15 minutes of prep time, this easy dish can be assembled with only a moments notice. A perfect recipe for getting the little ones involved, invite them to join you in the kitchen to mix together the milk and sour cream and sprinkle over the grated cheddar cheese. They will love this dish anyway, but having some ownership over the preparation will make it all the more delicious! If you don't have access to Ro*Tel, try your hand at making your own by following our recipe tip below.
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Loaded baked potato casserole
Cooktop Cove
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4 - 6 as a side
Ingredients
5 potatoes, quartered and parboiled*
8 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup (225g) shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 ( 115g) cup sour cream
1/2 (115ml) cup milk
1/2 bunch chopped scallions (green onions)
1 10oz (280g) can Ro*Tel
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Directions
1. Parboil the potatoes in boiling water for 10-15 minutes and drain. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and lightly grease a 3-quart casserole dish or 9" x 13" casserole pan. Place the quartered potatoes into the bottom of the casserole dish.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the milk, sour cream, salt, and pepper. Pour the mixture over the potatoes. Pour the Ro*Tel on top of this layer and spread evenly with a wooden spoon. Sprinkle the crumbled bacon over the top and finish with an even layer of the shredded cheddar cheese.
3. Cover with aluminum foil and place in the preheated oven. After 20 minutes, remove the foil and leave to cook for an additional 10 minutes. Sprinkle the freshly chopped scallions over the top before serving.
Pro tip: If you can't find Ro*Tel, try your hand at making your own by placing 10oz of chopped tomatoes into a saucepan with 1 chopped jalapeño. Allow it to simmer until the liquid has reduced by 1/3.
*Parboiling means you'll be cooking the potatoes partially so the time they have to cook in the oven will be reduced.
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