I was planning to make stir-fry for our Friday get-together and when I saw this recipe for Loaded BBQ Pork Potato Casserole on Tricia’s “Mom On Timeout” blog, I wished I had some pulled pork in the freezer. During our Thursday drive down to the Englewood Farmers Market, we passed an Englewood, TN BBQ restaurant that Bev said she had always wanted to try. So on our way home, we pulled into Navarro’s Smokehouse full parking lot and decided it must be good so the stir-fry was out and the casserole was in. After tasting the pulled pork, I knew why they were full.
When three of our group cancelled for Friday, we decided to take the evening off and, even though I cooked all of the potatoes, I only made a half recipe of the casserole as reflected in the recipe below.
Loaded BBQ Pork Potato Casserole – Adapted from Mom On Timeout
1½ pounds red potatoes (Larry used Yukon Gold)
4 ounces cream cheese softened
2 tablespoons butter softened
4 ounces bacon cooked and crumbled
4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese shredded
2 green onions thinly sliced
3½ cups pulled pork
1/8-1/4c. BBQ sauce (a little less for our taste)
2 ounces cheese or more for your taste
1. Lightly spray a 8"x10" baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
3. Mix the BBQ sauce into the warm pork.
4. In a large pot, add water and salt generously. Add potatoes and bring to a boil. Cook until fork tender. Remove potatoes from water and drain.
5. Return to the pot. Roughly mash the potatoes with a potato masher.
6. Add the cream cheese, butter, bacon, green onions and shredded cheese. Mash together with the potatoes.
7. Transfer the loaded mashed potatoes into the prepared casserole dish (they will be stiff).
8. Top with pulled pork and remaining shredded cheese.
9. Cover and bake for 15 minutes.
10. Remove foil and bake for another 5 minutes or until cheese has fully melted and casserole is heated through.
11. Top with additional green onions if desired, serve and enjoy!
On her blog, Tricia said this about the dish “This crowd-pleasing recipe is sure to be a hit at your next barbecue or picnic! This Loaded BBQ Pork Potato Casserole is so easy to make and crazy delicious. Comfort food at its best!” It was definitely excellent comfort food and similar to having a loaded baked potato topped with pulled pork. I will definitely make it again and wish I had made the full recipe to have more leftovers.
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9/15/23 meal date