Mashed Potato Casserole - great make-ahead side dish for the holidays! SO easy and tastes AMAZING!!! Instant mashed potatoes, hash browns, cream cheese, butter, Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, garlic, salt, pepper, and french fried onions. Can make in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later. Great for a crowd! #thanksgiving #casserole #makeahead #freezermeal #christmas
2(4-oz)packages butter & herb instant mashed potatoes
1(32-oz)package frozen shredded hash brown potatoes
4-ozcream cheese, softened
1cupshredded Monterey Jack cheese
½tspsalt, or to taste
½tsppepper, or to taste
1(2.8-oz)can French fried onions
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9x13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Prepare instant mashed potatoes according to package directions.
In a large bowl, combine cooked mashed potatoes, butter, cream cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Stir in shredded hash browns. Spread in prepared pan.
Bake, uncovered, for 35 minutes. Top casserole with French fried onions. Bake and additional 10 to 15 minutes.
Can prepare through step 3 and refrigerate or freeze for later.To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed in step 4.Can use any cheese you prefer in place of the Monterey Jack cheese.Omit French fried onions for a gluten-free casserole.