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Mashed Potato, Cheddar & Leek Casserole

Mashed Potato, Cheddar & Leek Casserole
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Mashed Potato, Cheddar & Leek Casserole

Prep: 35 minutes
Bake: 30 minutes • Serves: 8

Nonstick cooking spray
2-1/2pounds Yukon gold potatoes (about 6 medium potatoes), peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks (about 8 cups)
1 container (8 ounces) sour cream
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
8 slices smoked bacon (about 1/2 pound), cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
2 medium leeks, each cut lengthwise in half, then cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces (about 2-1/2 cups)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 package (8 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese (2 cups)

1.Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 2- to 2-1/2-quart glass or ceramic baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. In large covered cooking pot, add potatoes and enough salted water to cover; heat to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 12 to 14 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender. Drain potatoes, then return to same pot. Add sour cream, butter, nutmeg, salt and pepper. With potato masher, mash potatoes so they are slightly chunky.

2.Meanwhile, in 12-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat 7 to 9 minutes or until crisp, stirring frequently. With slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towel-lined plate.

3.Add leeks to bacon drippings in skillet; cook over medium heat 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in garlic and cook 1 minute longer, stirring occasionally.

4.Fold leek mixture, bacon and 1 cup cheese into potato mixture until well combined. Spread potato mixture evenly in prepared dish. Bake 20 minutes. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese over potatoes and bake 10 to 12 minutes longer or until top is lightly browned.

Approximate nutritional values per serving: 

413 Calories, 27g Fat (16g Saturated), 70mg Cholesterol,
419mg Sodium, 30g Carbohydrates, 2g Fiber, 13g Protein

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