Baked Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

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I ran my first 5K on Saturday and considering I’ve run only one other time in 2015, I would consider it a success. I didn’t run the entire time but most of it and was able to beat the goal I had set for myself.

Plus, it was for a cause very near and dear to my heart so I would be proud no matter what. I’m going to talk about it more on Friday so stay tuned for that.

Last week we were craving some comfort food so I whipped up some BBQ meatballs (recipe coming soon) and this delicious, cheesy, creamy bowl of goodness. I like potatoes in any form but these may be my new favorite. Joel thought the only thing that would make them better is bacon. Because bacon makes everything better.
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Sharp cheddar is diced small and stirred throughout then shredded and sprinkled on top with some crispy whole wheat panko (that makes them healthy) and parsley. The crispy panko topping gives a nice crunchy texture to the smooth, creamy potatoes.

I’m a freak about texture so the super crunchy panko with the super creamy potatoes is the perfect combination.
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A little buttermilk is added to the potatoes to provide some tanginess. I’m kind of addicted to buttermilk in mashed potatoes ever since these bad boys. And adding cheese is always a good choice.

I mean, LOOK at all that gooey cheese throughout. I don’t think you need any more convincing. 

I know mashed potatoes are more of a winter food but if you are having the weather we have lately, rainy and dreary, these will warm and fill you up.
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Baked Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
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  1. 3 lbs. potatoes, peeled and diced
  2. 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese
  3. 1/2 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
  4. 1 Tbsp. dried parsley
  5. 4 Tbsp. butter, softened
  6. 1/4 cup buttermilk
  7. 1/4 cup whole milk
  8. 1 tsp. kosher salt
  9. 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Dice 4 ounces of the cheddar into small, 1/4-inch pieces. Shred the other half. Place potatoes in a pan and cover completely with cold water. Bring to a boil and cook for 15 minutes, or until fork tender. Drain potatoes and return to pan.
  2. Mash potatoes then add butter, buttermilk, milk, salt and pepper. Stir in the cubed cheddar. Place in a greased baking dish. In a small bowl, mix shredded cheese, panko and parsley. Sprinkle over the potatoes and bake for 15-20 minutes.
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