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Cheesy Smashed Potato Bake

This Cheesy Smashed Potato Bake is the perfect side dish when you're serving a lot of people. It's easy and everyone loves it! The recipe can easily be doubled for a large group.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheesy Smashed Potato Bake
Servings: 10 servings
Author: Anna

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ pounds red skinned potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt
  • ½ pound grated Jarlsberg cheese or Swiss cheese,, divided use
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup finely chopped chives or use green onion tops,, divided use

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Wash the potatoes and cut into quarters. Remove any bad spots you may see using a small sharp paring knife.
  • Put the potatoes into a pot and cover with water. Add the Tablespoon of salt to the water.
  • Over high heat, bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Drain the water out of the pot and, in the same pan, use a potato masher or large fork to smash the potatoes down. Be sure to keep some chunkiness. 
  • Set aside about ¼ cup of the cheese then add the remaining cheese to the potatoes along with the butter, the cream and 3 Tablespoons of the chives.
  • Stir until all ingredients are well distributed. Then dump the mixture into an oven-proof casserole dish. I used a dish that is 7"x9" and 2 ¾" deep.
  • Sprinkle the reserved ¼ cup of cheese over the top and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until lightly browned.
  • Sprinkle the reserved chives over the top and serve.

Notes

Gr8 Do Ahead Tip:
You can put the casserole together the day before serving up through sprinkling the cheese on top. Cover tightly and refrigerate.
When you are ready to serve, remove from the fridge and let it sit at room temperature while the oven preheats. If it is still very cold when you put it in the oven, it may need to cook a little longer. Just make sure it is hot all the way through before removing from the oven.
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