Try this cheesy mashed potato casserole for when you are looking for a way to make instant mashed potatoes into something tastier. This recipe for Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole combines mashed potatoes, sour cream, herbs, cheese, and more! , this recipe was created out of necessity, no time to shop, and a few ingredients will make for a unique side dish. Sour cream, french fried onion rings, seasonings, and some cheddar cheese make this a potato dish that people will ask for your Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole.
Try this cheesy mashed potato casserole when you are looking for a way to make instant mashed potatoes into something tastier. This casserole combines mashed potatoes, sour cream, herbs, cheese, and more. It’s a recipe that was created out of necessity – no time to shop and a few ingredients on hand made for a unique side dish. Sour cream, fried onion rings, seasonings, and some cheddar cheese make a potato casserole that your family will ask for again and again.
What About Using Fresh Potatoes?
I must confess that sometimes I use instant mashed potatoes and have fed them to my guests. Most people won’t even know the difference if you add a few extra ingredients to the potatoes. When making instant mashed potatoes, I always use a little extra butter, and I will swap the milk for some half-and-half if I have it available – these two ingredients will make the potatoes nice and rich. Let me just say that you can, of course, make this dish with fresh potatoes. I would use about two pounds of potatoes when making this dish from scratch.
A Brief History of the Potato
The Incas in Peru were the first civilization to cultivate potatoes around 8,000 – 5,000 B.C. After the Spanish Conquistadors conquered Peru in 1536, they discovered potatoes and brought them to Europe. Potatoes landed in the US in 1621 when Nathaniel Butler, the Governor of Bermuda, sent vegetables, including potatoes, to the Jamestown colony in Virginia. Farmers everywhere eventually discovered that potatoes were easy to grow and in time it became known that potatoes contained nearly all of the vitamins necessary for human sustenance. You can read much more about the long history of the potato.
Some Interesting Facts About Potatoes
In the 18th Century Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, a French pharmacist convinced the French to eat potatoes and saved thousands from starvation during the European famines in the 1700’s. In 1767, Parmentier created a feast for King Louis XIV that consisted solely of potato dishes, a concept he realized was possible after being imprisoned in Germany and fed only on a diet of potatoes. Benjamin Franklin, the American Ambassador to France, attended Parmentier’s feast
- During the Klondike gold rush in Alaska, (1897-1898), gold miners paid for potatoes in gold. Gold was plentiful but nutritious vegetables weren’t.
- In 1995, the potato starred as the first vegetable to be grown in space. NASA and the University of Wisconsin created a technology that would enable astronauts to be fed on long space voyages. It is hoped that in future potatoes will help feed human colonies on distant planets.
Love Mashed Potatoes?
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- Savory Mashed Purple Potatoes
- Saltgrass Steakhouse Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Mashed Potatoes
- Champ – Irish Mashed Potatoes
- Left Over Mashed Potato Pancakes
Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole
This cheesy mashed potato casserole is so hard to resist. Break out those French fried onions and upgrade your mashed potatoes.
- 4 cups instant mashed potatoes
- 3/4 cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon dried chives
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cup French's Fried Onion Rings
- 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare instant mashed potatoes according to the package directions. Add sour cream, chives, parsley, and pepper to mashed potatoes.
Place mashed potatoes in a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Top mashed potatoes with cheddar cheese, and sprinkle the French's Onion Rings around the edge of the casserole. Bake for about 20 minutes or until cheese melts. This dish can be made ahead and then reheat later. If you are going to reheat this dish later, add the shredded cheese, but wait to top with the French Fried Onion Rings until you are ready to reheat this dish.