Loaded Mashed Potatoes
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- 3 large
- idaho potatoes, peeled & rinsed
- 3 Tbsp
- 1/2 c
- shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
- 3 slice
- bacon, cooked & crumbled
- 4 large
- cherry tomatoes, coarsely chopped
- green onions, sliced into 1/4-inch slices (green part only)
- salt & pepper, to taste
1Carefully cut potatoes into quarters. Place the potatoes in a medium-sized pot and fill with cold water until the potatoes are just covered with water. Place potatoes over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Boil for about 10 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender.
2Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain the potatoes in a colander and return to the cooking pot. Add butter; add milk in increments of 1 tablespoon until just moist. Using a potato masher or a fork, mash potatoes until there are no lumps, adding milk as needed to make them fluffy and creamy. Season with salt and pepper. Add 1/4 cup of the sharp cheddar cheese, continue to mash unti cheese has melted.
3Place mashed potatoes in a small baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cheese over the potatoes. Sprinkle bacon over the cheese; top with chopped tomatoes. Place in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted on top. Remove from oven and sprinkle with green onions.