Monday, October 5, 2009

Loaded Baked Potato Casserole and Ghost Pears

Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

I received a cookbook in the mail from Carnation and thought I’d share one of the recipes with you all. My gang loved it. This casserole would be great to take to a football game or other fun gathering. And like all great casseroles, you can make it ahead and then even freeze it.

Recipe adapted from Carnation.

8 Medium potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes. I used baby red potatoes so that I would not have to peel them.
1 C Evaporated Milk. We like our mashed potatoes creamy so I added more milk.
½ C Sour Cream
1 tsp Kosher Salt
½ tsp Black Pepper
2 C Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
6 Slices of Bacon
6 Green Onions, chopped

Boil potatoes until tender.
Drain the water from the potatoes; add milk, sour cream, salt and pepper and mash.
Stir ½ the cheese, ½ the bacon and ½ the onions.
Spread into a greased casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees or until heated through.
Top with the remaining cheese, bacon and onions and bake a few minutes more or until the cheese is melted.

Sweet Ghosts For Your Sweets
These take just a few minutes but they are always a big hit.

6 pears
Craft Sticks or wood skewers cut in half
10-12 oz Almond Bark
Chocolate Chips


Push the sticks into the top of the pears.
Melt almond bark in a glass-measuring cup.
Hold the pears by the stick and roll them in the melted almond bark.
Let cool slightly and place the chocolate chips on the coated pear for eyes.
Place in the refrigerator for a few minutes to set.


redkathy said...

Oh my gosh, those ghosts are so cute!!! I'm going to make them for my great niece and nephew. They going to love them I'm sure. Thanks for posting this.

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I'm loving all of this - and why not? with bacon, sour cream and cheese in those potatoes, they must be outrageously good. Love the pear ghosts too - so clever.

Elra said...

Oh my, that ghosts look so cute!!!!!!!! AND, I loe the creamy and cheese potato. Look so Yummy!

Sweet and Savory said...

Adorable little ghosts. You are one clever gal.

The potatoes would make anyone happy. They are oozing that cheese. How delicious.

petite nyonya said...

The potato casserole looks fantastic & I love the bits of bacon & garnishes on top! The pear ghosts are so cute & creative!!

Rowena... said...

The pear ghosts are so cute! And as for the casserole, the mere idea of cheddar cheese makes me weep. Not a cheese to find easily here so I'll just salivate over your photo!

Palidor said...

The ghosts are so cute! The casserole looks delicious. Love all that bacon and cheese!

Ruby Mountain Beads said...

I am so hungry right now I wish I had a big scoop of the potatoes followed by a pear ghostie! The ghosts are so cute! A great alternative to the caramel apple!

Cheryl said...

Man those taters are going on my list of holiday dishes and I love love love the little ghosts!

George Gaston said...

Your potato casserole sounds smashing... love the combination of cheese, bacon & green onions. It is like a delicious baked potato. I'm definitely going to give this a try.

Your Halloween tips are all very creative & whimsical. Thanks...

Shelly W said...

Holy crap I'd be all OVER those potatoes. They look fantastic! I love your pear ghosts, too! I'd have never thought of that. Keep the treats coming...they're so much fun!

Karine said...

This casserole looks amazing! Miam :)

Selba said...

The pears ghosts look so cute :)

Debbie said...

Cute pear ghosts!!! I have all the ingredients on hand to make that it! I want to try it - it looks great!

Justin said...

that casserole looks awesome... and save me a ghost

Stacey Snacks said...

Bacon, potatoes, cheese?
This is comfort food at its best!

Grace said...

delicious! cheese, taters, bacon--there's no way this wouldn't be drool-inducing. golly, i love a good casserole.

teresa said...

oh that casserole looks so rich and comforting and the ghosts are too cute! great blog!

Amanda said...

That casserole looks delicious. I'm so hungry right now.

All I had for breakfast was a couple raisins, a baby beet and a handful of Pepperidge Farm cheddar fish.

Time to go to the store...

Those ghosts are so cute.

BMK said...

This looks insanely delicious! Perfect for a cold rainy day! How cute are those pears too!

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