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Sunday, December 20, 2009

12 Days of Christmas: Day 11

Being the holiday season, I decided to post this incredible recipe for a mashed potato casserole. You may be thinking to yourself 'great, another potato casserole recipe,' but this casserole has something special - the perfect balance of white potatoes and sweet potatoes. This will satisfy your craving for sweet and savory - all in one dish.

My mom used to make this for our Christmas Day dinner at my aunt's house every year, until the family got so big we required two casserole dishes of it, which is more work that she was willing to put in on Christmas afternoon! The great thing is that the Kraft website (linked below) states that you can assemble the casserole days in advance and bake it later - a perfect solution!

Mashed Potato Layer Bake

4 large white potatoes, peeled, chopped, and cooked
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled, chopped, and cooked
8 ounces chive and onion cream cheese, divided
1/2 cup sour cream, divided
1/4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided

Preheat oven to 375F.
1. Place white and sweet potatoes in separate bowls. Add half each of the cream cheese and sour cream to the potatoes in each bowl; season with salt and pepper. Mash with potato masher or fork until creamy.

2. Stir half of the Parmesan cheese into the bowl of white potatoes. Stir half of the cheddar cheese into the bowl of sweet potatoes.

3. Alternately layer half each of the white potato mixture and sweet potato mixture in a 2-quart clear glass casserole dish. Repeat layers.

4. Bake 15 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and continue baking 5 minutes or until cheeses are melted.

Makes 14 servings, 1/2 cup each.

Source: Kraft Follow the link to check out their "Make Ahead" tip, which will be very useful for me when trying to coordinate a multi-course dinner!


  1. Oh wow--I am totally teaching how to make this at one of my upcoming Potluck Cooking Classes--it's such a stunning recipe isn't it!? Too bad I can't make it for holidays, because the men in the fam just like plain mashed potatoes...they're missing out!

  2. I love the regular and sweet potato combo! It looks like such a comforting and indulgent dish!


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