For those of you on a healthy eating kick, you should probably close this post immediately (and click on over to my Quinoa Salad recipe). For those of you who are craving a gooey, cheesy, chicken-y, bacon-y, Loaded Baked Potato Casserole, and don’t care that there may be a million stick-to-your-ribs (and maybe your hips) calories in this ultimate comfort food dish, you might want to keep right on reading. And if you want an all-time-favorite-people-will-be-clamoring-for-seconds meal that can feed a crowd and be ready in 45 minutes, then this Loaded Baked Potato Casserole is the dish for you!
Sometimes the simplest meals turn into the best meals. When we head up to the cabin for a weekend getaway, I’ve got cool, crisp mountain air, beautiful lake views, and the refreshing smell of pine trees carried on a light breeze on my mind. I really don’t want to think too much about how I’m going to feed anywhere from 8-18 people (depending on who can get away that weekend). So I reserve my easiest meals for those Fridays that we head up there. I certainly try to make something warm and comforting, but I’m definitely not willing to slave over a stove when I get there. I want to pop open a nice bottle of wine, put my feet up on the deck railing, take a long deep breath, soak in the sunset, and just be.
Loaded Baked Potato Casserole is so Easy!
Loaded Baked Potato Casserole with Chicken to the rescue! Loaded with tender baby potatoes, tangy sour cream, gooey cheese, savory chicken, peppery chives, a bit of tender broccoli, and full of crisp, smoky bacon (let’s definitely not forget the bacon), this dish has something to please everyone (except those on a diet, in which case you might want one of these). It comes together with very little effort, fills the cabin with mouthwatering aromas, and leaves everyone with bellies almost uncomfortably full (almost). (This is also a great make ahead meal! Perfect for freezing, then take it with you when you go camping or head up north to the cabin. Just make it in these disposable pans and cleanup is a breeze!)
It’s also kind of a cool two-step process. First, boil the baby potatoes until tender, then put them in one layer in a large baking dish. Smash each potato with the bottom of a glass, so they’re partially smushed, but still half-whole. Then mix everything else together in a large bowl and smother the potatoes will all of the awesomeness that sour cream, cheese, chicken, broccoli, and bacon have to offer. Top with a bit more bacon (of course) and chives and pop it into the oven. Twenty-five minutes later, you’ll have a table full of family and friends begging you for seconds. Life’s too short to not take the time to enjoy those “getaway moments.” Take it all in!