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Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese &Bread Crumbs

It’s that time of month again – Secret Recipe Club time! I have to tell you, I am amazed at how much fun this is and how much I look forward to being paired with amazing food bloggers!

This month I was assigned to a wonderful blog called SteakNPotatoesKindaGurl. Desi has so many wonderful recipes over there that it was really difficult for me to choose just one! And then I came across it! Giada de Laurentiis’  Mashed Potatoes with Parmigiano and Bread Crumbs from Giada’s Family Dinners.

Mashed potatoes are one of those dishes that you serve and everyone feels like they’re home.

My darling had been away all summer working. I keep asking what he’d like to have for dinner. “Food. Food you’ve cooked, Mom. Other than that, I don’t care.”

Sigh. Just once I would like to say – “Hey, what would you like for dinner?” and actually get a response. Well, a response besides “I don’t know.” I don’t have a recipe for “I don’t know” and since they seem to request it so often, I am afraid of repeating myself too often by making it!

My son’s favorite cold any weather comfort food is meatloaf, mashed potatoes and string beans.

So we have a trifecta – the Secret Recipe Club, the triumphant return of the half-starved prodigal son, AND cold, stinky, rainy, summer-is-over, weather!

This recipe is really very simple and delicious. My guys are mashed potato purists, but that didn’t stop them from gobbling this up!

  • 1 T butter
  • 2 lbs russet potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 C milk, room temperature
  • 1/4 C (1/2 stick) butter, melted AND 1 T butter
  • 3/4 C grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 C grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 T plain bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 400°. Coat a 13×9 inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon of butter.

Cook the potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain potatoes and return potatoes to the same pot. Mash well.

Mix in the milk and melted butter. Mix in the mozzarella and 3/4 of the Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Transfer the potato mixture to the prepared baking dish.

Stir the bread crumbs and remaining Parmesan in a small bowl to blend. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the mashed potatoes. Bake, uncovered, until the topping is golden brown, about 20 minutes.

NOTE: This recipe can be prepared up to 6 hours ahead of time, up to the point right before you bake it. Cover and chill. This recipe is also easily halved!

Desi, thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes with me! I hope I did this one justice!

There’s still time to stop by my wonderful Giveaway ~ $100 American Express gift card! So simple – follow this link and leave a comment! Winner will be picked September 29th!



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39 Responses

  1. Just today I was looking out for some interesting side dishes for the holiday season, this one is going straight on that list! It looks so comforting!

  2. Delicious! The potato lovers in my house would go crazy for this. I love that you can make it ahead of time – big bonus!

  3. What a great way to jazz up mashed potatoes. I like the fact that it can be made up beforehand.

  4. Why have I never thought of baking mashed potatoes before? Sounds wonderful.

  5. I love this idea – what a fun twist to regular mashed potatoes.

  6. Oooh, my son will go NUTS for this! Thanks!

  7. Looks Delicious!!! GREAT SCR CHOICE!

  8. Sounds delicious!! I love mashed postatoes! gloria

  9. This looks like a great recipe. It is fun cooking with you in the SRC. Hope you are having a great day and thanks for sharing!
    Miz Helen

  10. Oh, yeah! My boys (hubby included!) would love this dish! Desi is such a sweetheart…I’m glad you got her blog.

  11. Stopping by from group B. So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with

    you. Great Post! These mashed potatoes look soooo good! They would go perfect with just about any meal!

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to drop by my blog and check out my SRC recipe this month: Avocado Omelet

  12. That looks absolutely delicious!

    I only recently discovered the benefits of russet potatoes myself – they’re just better for baked and mashed potatoes. I’ve been baking them on my barbecue all summer, with no plans of stopping into the winter!

  13. I was just thinking that some meatloaf may be on the menu here this next weekend, these would be perfect on the side!

  14. Ok, that’s awesome! How do you make mashed potatoes better? Bake ’em with cheese and bread crumbs! Brilliant! Just doing a little Secret Recipe Club surfing. So glad it brought me to your great little piece of cyber space!

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What’s For Dinner
    http://www.mawhats4dinner.com

  15. OH MY HECK! I need these right now!!! Meatloaf and mashed potatoes are a favorite in our house too. But these kick it over the top! I NEED them!

  16. Thanks for blogging about this recipe from my blog… it really is a keeper! You can’t go wrong with cheesy mashed potatoes with a bread crumb topping. I made that back in my earlier days of blogging, I should probably make that again and take a new pic! Glad your family liked it 🙂

    Check out my SRC post if you like!

    http://steaknpotatoeskindagurl.blogspot.com/2011/09/septembers-secret-recipe-club-reveal.html

    (Liz, I see your comment above! You are so sweet too! That made me blush!!)

  17. oh YUM!!!!!!! This looks so good. I love mashed potatoes with parmesan.

  18. Anyway you cook them up I love mashed potatoes! My favorite part of your recipe is the crumb topping-looks delish!

  19. This looks AMAZING! My daughter is sick, poor dear. I’m making this tonight.

  20. Sounds like such a comforting and warm dish.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my group “A” SRC recipe this month: Welsh Cakes.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

  21. Oh wow, my favorite veggie! And look at that scrumptious crust!

    This is my first time joining the SRC. I hope you’ll stop by and visit.

    🙂
    ButterYum

  22. Cheesy mashed potatoes are the best! These look delicious.

  23. We all love potatoes, these look extra yummy andi

  24. now this is a potato recipe I know my whole family would love! Thanks for posting it for SRC!

  25. The same thing definitely happens to me when I ask my family what they want for dinner. Just once it would be nice for somebody else to figure out what’s for dinner ;).

  26. I like the sound of this and will give it a go for sure 🙂

  27. This is my kind of recipe. I absolutely have to try this. I’m actually thinking about changing up our Thanksgiving menu this year and trying some new recipes instead of the same old traditional ones, and this one is definitely a top contender. My kids will love this. Great pick for SRC this month!

  28. Yum! Looks great — I’m loving SRC, so many new recipes to try!

  29. Yep, just added this to my PIN wall to make SOON, VERY SOON! YUM!

    Thanks for being part of Group B of the SRC with me! My SRC recipe this month was: Pioneer Woman Chicken Pot Pie.

    http://momscrazycooking.blogspot.com/2011/09/pioneer-womans-chicken-pot-pie-secret.html

  30. Stopping by from SRC. Your recipe choice looks delicious!

  31. I need like a HUGE spoonfull of that right now!!

  32. My kids would go crazy for these potatoes! Awesome to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. Please join our link up for *Project LunchBox* You have wonderful recipes that can inspire others to make healthy meals at home http://su.pr/221xT1

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