Lazy side dish: Baked Potato Bake

16 Apr

Yes you read that right. A Baked Potato BAKE. I love potatoes, in all their forms. Mashed, baked, french fries….yum. But this past weekend? I was feeling lazy and didn’t really want to dirty the mixer making mashed potatoes. And I didn’t want to chop the potatoes small enough to expedite their boiling. So I cut them into 4’s and boiled them. I was originally going to do a butter/parsely/chive type of thing but after the potatoes were boiled, it didn’t really appeal to me. So I rooted around the fridge and found that I could, essentially, make a baked potato like concoction. Now THAT sounded yummy to me. And I didn’t have to lug my Kitchen Aid out to whip up mashed potatoes. woot woot!

This recipe is a basic guideline. Add whatever you want! Love adding bacon and green onions when you eat a baked potato? Do that here! You could even top this with some chili and make it a whole meal – chili cheese baked potato bake. YES PLEASE!

Baked Potato Bake

Ingredients

8-10 large idaho potatoes, peeled and cut into 4’s

kosher salt (for potato water)

1 – 1 1/2 cups colby jack cheese, shredded

1cup sour cream

5 tablespoons butter

garlic salt

pepper

3 tablespoons chives

1 cup fresh baby spinach, roughly chopped

Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Sprinkle with kosher salt and bring to a boil. Cook potatoes until fork tender. Drain and rinse.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Pour hot rinsed potatoes into an 8×8 baking dish. Add in the sour cream, butter, spinach, and chives. Using a potato masher, roughly mash the potatoes. (Lumps are ok, this is a baked potato bake after all. You do NOT want mashed potatoes!) Season with garlic salt and pepper to taste, and stir to combine all the ingredients.

mashed and mixed up, prior to cheesing

^^^mashed and mixed up prior to cheesing!

When it tastes seasoned to your liking, sprinkle the top with the shredded colby jack cheese and put the baking dish uncovered into your preheated oven for 30 minutes.

After 3o minutes, try to refrain from gobbling up the entire pan. This is a filling, easy side dish! Alternately, you can freeze this BEFORE baking for the 3o minutes and have a readily available side dish. Just add another 10 minutes to the baking time! (and if you have it in a ceramic dish, put the dish in the oven WHILE it preheats to avoid cracking the ceramic.)

mmm.... MMMM….

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