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Wednesday 5 February 2014

Lazy Loaded Stuffed Potato casserole recipe - with your choice of toppings: mushrooms, cheese, bacon...!

When I'm feeling lazy, I love making lazy loaded stuffed potato casserole.  Its essentially mashed potatos with all sorts of good stuff mixed in, pile on all sorts of good stuff on top and toss in the oven until all the cheese and toppings make a yummy molten ooey gooey mess of delicious madness.

Like I said, this is really easy.
Step one
Preheat oven to 350F. Wash, peel (when I'm really efficient/lazy and I leave the peel on) and chop up about 2-3lbs of potatos into one inch or so cubes (keep it uniform in size so all the potatos finish cooking at the same time), ease into a pot of salted boiling water and simmer for 10min. Drain.

Step two
While the potatos are happily cooking away, sautee up in a frying pan with a tsp or 2 of olive oil whatever and however much ingredients you have kicking around from this list as you like (and feel free to add to the list):
-1 Onion, diced
-1-2 leek, diced
-3-4 shallots, diced
-3-5 cloves fresh garlic, minced
-2-3 stalksgreen onions, minced
-1/2 cup peas
-1/2 cup corn niblets
-1/2 cup sweet bell peppers diced
-1/4 cup fully cooked bacon/ pancetta bits / chicken breast / sausage/ ground beef
Step 3
Mash the potatos, add in 1/2 cup sour cream or cottage cheese, a tablespoon or 2 butter, and all of the sauteed vegetables, plunk into a 9 x 13 oven safe casserole dish (I used the one from this pyrex set).  Top with a cup of shredded cheese: cheddar, mozzarella, havarti, gouda, edam, swiss... whatever you like.. and your choice of toppings

-mushrooms, sliced
-more cheese (you get the picture)
Step 4
Bake for 10-20 min until the toppings are all nicely toasted and the casserole is warmed through.  Top with additional bacon, green onions or chives  Dig in!

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