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Mississippi Mud Potatoes

Mississippi mud potatoes are a deliciously indulgent Southern side dish, perfect for any comfort food lover. 

This hearty recipe features layers of tender Yukon Gold potatoes, crispy bacon, sharp cheddar cheese, and a creamy mayonnaise dressing, all baked to golden perfection. 

Topped with green onions and a hint of garlic salt, these potatoes are a crowd-pleaser that’s sure to be a hit at your next gathering.

Mississippi mud potatoes baked in a white baking dish.
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Why You’ll Love These Mississippi Mud Potatoes

Super Easy Preparation: This recipe comes together in minutes with simple ingredients and straightforward steps. 

Customizable Flavors: Easily adapt with your favorite cheese, meat, or veggie additions for a personalized spin on the classic.

Versatile Dish: Serve it as a side, appetizer, or even a main dish – these loaded potatoes work for any meal.

Peeled diced potatoes, grated cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, sliced green onions, and garlic salt, mayonnaise mixed in a large glass bowl.

Ingredients

  • Potatoes: The hearty base of this loaded casserole. Peeled, diced, and baked until tender, my top choice is Yukon Gold, but you can use Russets, too.
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese: Adds a bold, tangy flavor and gooey texture that makes this dish irresistible. 
  • Bacon: Crispy, salty bits of bacon take these potatoes to the next level. 
  • Mayonnaise: The secret ingredient that gives Mississippi mud potatoes their signature creaminess and zesty flavor. 
  • Green Onions: Thinly sliced green onions add a fresh, mild onion flavor that perfectly complements the richness of the other ingredients.
  • Garlic Salt: A quick and easy way to season the potatoes with a savory, garlicky kick.
Cheesy Missisippi mud potatoes in a white plate with bacon and scallions

How to Make Mississippi Mud Potatoes

Baked to golden perfection, each bite of these spuds is a heavenly blend of textures and flavors that will have you coming back for more.

And it’s as easy to make as dice, mix, and bake!

1. PREP: Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C) and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.

2. MIX: In a large bowl, mix the potatoes with all of the ingredients until everything is well coated in the mayo. 

3. BAKE: Pour the potato mixture into the prepared baking dish, spread it into an even layer, then bake for about 1 1/2 hours.

4. COOL: Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving warm. Enjoy!

Baked Mississippi mud potatoes in a baking dish.

Tips For the Best Mississippi Mud Potatoes

As easy as this dish is, I do have a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Potato type. Use starchy potatoes like Yukon Golds or Russets for the creamiest texture that will soak up the flavors well.
  • Bacon prep. Cook the bacon until crispy, then crumble or chop it into small pieces for the best texture and bacon flavor throughout.
  • Cheese choice. Sharp cheddar provides a tangy, bold flavor that pairs perfectly with the bacon and potatoes. Grate it fresh for optimal taste and melting.
  • Mayonnaise magic. The mayonnaise is essential for creaminess and flavor – don’t skip it! Use a good quality, real mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip).
  • Green onion pop. The sliced green onions add a nice fresh element and mild onion flavor. Use both the white and green parts.
  • Variations. Try different cheeses like pepper jack, gouda, or mozzarella. Add chopped bell peppers or jalapeños for some kick. Use turkey bacon for a lighter option.
  • Serving suggestions. Serve as a hearty side dish with grilled steak, roasted chicken, meatloaf, or juicy pork chops
Mississippi mud potatoes in a rectangular baking dish.

How to Store

This is the ultimate side dish for any occasion – potlucks, holidays, or just a cozy dinner at home.

It’s rich, indulgent, and even stores well!

To Store: Transfer completely cooled leftovers to an airtight container and store in the fridge for 3-4 days. 

To Freeze: Portion cold leftovers (from the fridge) into freezer bags or airtight containers and freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw in the fridge overnight.

To Reheat: Warm large portions in a 350°F oven, covered with foil, for 15-20 minutes or until heated through. Reheat portions in the microwave in 30-second intervals until hot.

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Mississippi Mud Potatoes

Course: Side DishCuisine: American
Servings

10

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

1

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hour 

30

minutes
Calories

460

kcal

Mississippi mud potatoes are a delicious Southern side dish featuring tender potatoes, crispy bacon, cheddar cheese, and a creamy mayonnaise dressing.

Ingredients

  • 6-7 cups Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced (about 5-6 potatoes)

  • 16 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, grated

  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled

  • 1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced

  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt

  • 1 cup mayonnaise

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F (165°C) and grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • In a large bowl, mix the diced potatoes, grated cheddar cheese, crumbled bacon, sliced green onions, and garlic salt until evenly combined.
  • Add the mayonnaise and stir until all the ingredients are well coated. Then, pour the potato mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread it into an even layer.
  • Bake for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork and the top is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving warm. Garnish with additional sliced green onions and bacon if desired. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Potato type. Use starchy potatoes like Yukon Golds or Russets for the creamiest texture that will soak up the flavors well.
  • Bacon prep. Cook the bacon until crispy, then crumble or chop it into small pieces for the best texture and bacon flavor throughout.

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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