This Loaded Potato and Pulled Pork Casserole is the Ultimate Comfort Food.
I love making new recipes from things that I have on hand. It makes me feel frugal, and insures that I end up wasting very little food. Luckily for me, the main ingredient in this loaded potato and pulled pork casserole is some pulled pork from a recent farm party at some good friends farm. For me, any casserole equals comfort food, but when you add a layer of loaded mashed potatoes and a topping of cheese to the pulled pork, it is easy to see why this dish is the ultimate comfort food.Start by boiling some redskin potatoes in salted water. There is no need to peel them. I just mash them skins and all, and it gives some extra color (and fiber) to the dish.While the potatoes are cooking, I placed the bacon on a baking sheet and cooked it for about 15 minutes at 350º in my oven. If you have never baked bacon, you should try it. All the grease goes into the baking pan and the bacon comes out nice and crispy. I baked the whole package and will just reheat the extras for breakfast later this week. Only 1/2 package is needed for the dish.
Now comes my scrumptious pulled pork, and I also grabbed a hand full of fresh green onions and fresh oregano from my garden. I’m growing my veggie garden on my patio this year, and it’s handy to have it right outside my back door.I wanted my casserole to have shreds of the pork in it, not chunks, so I pulled the pork into long strips and cooked it for a few minutes in the microwave.After the potatoes had cooked, I drained them and added the sour cream, chopped up bacon, butter (I used thick cut bacon) and chopped green onions to the pot. Loaded potatoes here we come!A quick mash with the potato masher with a few tablespoons of heavy cream, and the smashed and loaded potatoes are ready to go into the casserole.
These potatoes would also make a great side dish, but for today’s recipe, they will form the bottom layer. Just spread them evenly over the casserole dish. Today, I used a Borolux Baking Dish. It is made of glass and does a wonderful job of cooking casseroles very evenly.
Now add the pulled pork evenly over the potatoes. Dice the fresh oregano and sprinkle it over the pulled pork.
Finally top with a layer of shredded cheddar cheese and pop into a preheated 375º oven for about 15 minutes until the cheese has melted and every thing is nice and hot.Serve with some tossed salad and enjoy. This will be a dish that you will want to make again and again. It is really delcious!
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