Mashed Potato Casserole
After taking inventory on my over-flowing pantry for the pantry challenge, one thing is clear...too many potatoes! I don't know why, but I never check the pantry to see if I need potatoes, so I go to the store and buy a new bag. Before I know it, I have 3 bags of russets or baby reds sitting in there, growing sprouts! I made a huge batch of potato salad the other day, just to make it feel a bit like summer. It's one of Sam's favorites. He even eats it for a snack. That used up a good portion of them. Here's another recipe as a result of the pantry challenge. It's sort of like a twice-baked potato, but without the hassle of scooping out and filling potato shells:
Mashed Potato Casserole
10-12 medium russet potatoes
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 oz. sour cream
1 minced garlic
1 t. onion salt
salt and pepper to taste
Peel, dice, and boil the potatoes for about 15 minutes, or until they can be mashed easily with a fork. Drain and mash them with a potato masher, adding a dab of milk. In another bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sour cream, garlic, onion, and salt and pepper. Mix well. Mix into the potatoes:
If you want them a bit creamier, add a bit more milk. Spoon into a greased casserole dish. Melt a couple of tablespoons of butter and pour over the top. Sprinkle with paprika:
Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for about 45-50 minutes, or until the top of the casserole is a soft golden brown at the peaks:
I like this recipe because you can freeze it, or make it up the night before and throw it in the next night for dinner. Fancier than mashed potatoes, yet still very easy! (My kind of recipe!)
I'll start posting the pantry challenge "board" tonight. I'm looking forward to seeing how far I can go without having to go to the store and to see if YOU can do it too!
Happy Friday! By the way, what is everyone up to this weekend?
1~ Linda is up to the challenge...
2~ Mannie (what a cute name) is going to be cooking up a storm along with us!
3~ Melissa doesn't yet have a pantry, but you don't need one to join in...
4~ Lisa is blogless, but she's not too chicken to hit that pantry (like some of you, coughcough LIZ cough cough!
5~ Corgi Dog Mama , who is one of the kindest bloggers I know, isn't just joining, she also has her own giveaway going on. Check it out!
6~ Becca already has a delicious recipe made..mmmmm!
7~ Mandy shared a wonderful recipe to use up those ingredients.
~8 DD is joining the party :)
9~ Erin has pantry photos and some great recipes up!
10~ You're Next! Let's see that pantry!