How to make a loaded potato casserole in a slow cooker

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This loaded potato casserole dish is everything you want it to be. It's creamy, it's comforting, and the base is made up of an all-time favorite - mashed potatoes. Those potatoes are crammed with all the toppings you'd find on a baked potato - crisp bacon, sharp Cheddar cheese, sour cream, green onions, and tons of butter. The result? A bowlful of goodness that will have you going back for seconds - and possibly thirds.
Once this all comes together, it doesn't actually take that long in the slow cooker. But if you don't want to spend your morning peeling potatoes, you can always assemble everything a day in advance and then just slip it all into the slow cooker when you're ready. Once cooked, this dish also freezes beautifully.
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Loaded Potato Casserole
6
30 minutes
2 hours
2 hours, 30 minutes
10 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces
6 slices bacon, chopped
1 cup (250 ml) grated Cheddar cheese, plus 1/2 cup (125 ml)
1/4 cup (60 ml) butter
1 cup (250 ml) heavy cream
1 cup (250 ml) sour cream
3 green onions, sliced, plus 2
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Place potatoes into a large pot and fill with water, just enough to cover them. Generously salt the water, and bring to a rapid boil. Boil potatoes for about 20 minutes until tender, then drain and add back to the pot.
Add the butter, heavy cream, salt and pepper to the potatoes and mash until smooth. Stir in 1 cup (250 ml) of the Cheddar cheese.
While potatoes are boiling, add chopped bacon to a frying pan set over medium heat. Fry the bacon, stirring regularly, for about 7 minutes, until crispy. Drain on paper towels.
Add the bacon, sour cream, and 3 of the sliced green onions to the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and stir to completely combine.
Add the potato mixture to a greased 6-quart slow cooker. Even out the top with a rubber spatula and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup (125 ml) Cheddar cheese and remaining 2 sliced green onions.
Cover the slow cooker, set to low and cook for 2 hours until the cheese has melted and the entire casserole is hot throughout.
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Pro tip: Make this side dish a full meal by adding chunks of cooked ham, peas, finely chopped broccoli, or any of your other favorites!
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With only 15 minutes of prep time required for this winning dish, this meal is sure to add some much-needed warmth to the family dinner table this season!
March 24   ·  
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March 19   ·  
Prep time takes just 10-15 minutes, and all you have to do is brown the meat then toss the rest of your ingredients into the slow cooker so it can work its magic all day long.
March 18   ·  
 
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