I freely admit that I typically only use fresh potatoes when cooking. I’ve never been a huge fan of instant mashed potatoes because an aftertaste I find unappealing. I also love texture in my potatoes so I’ve pretty much avoided all boxed mashed potatoes. But I was recently challenged by General Mills to come up with a great recipe using one of their boxed potatoes. And after seeing their new “ultimate” mashed potatoes in store I thought it was time I gave them a try.
I absolutely love a loaded baked potato so to bring these potatoes up a notch, I decided to bake my mashed potatoes and top them with my favorite toppings! I started with Betty Crocker Ultimate Loaded Mashed Potatoes which was done in a matter of minutes. I’ve never had potatoes on my stove so fast! This box includes enough for 8 servings but is divided in half so you can easily make four servings as I did or double your recipe for a larger crowd.
I have to tell you that recipe really changed the way I view boxed mashed potatoes.
1 pouch Betty Crocker® Ultimate loaded mashed potatoes (from 10-oz box)
1 pouch Cheese Sauce (from potatoes box)
1 1/3 cups water
2 tablespoons butter (or margarine)
1/2 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/3 cup sliced green onion
3 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
Heat oven to 350°F
Prepare mashed potatoes using instructions on the box, substituting half-and-half for the milk.
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Do you have a favorite potato side dish that everyone raves about?
Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign. All thoughts are my own.