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Loaded Bacon Ranch Duchess Potatoes

These loaded bacon ranch duchess potatoes are a fancy twist on classic mashed potatoes, but loaded with all the greatness of baked potatoes. Eat them duchess style or just as mashed potatoes for dinner tonight!

Loaded Bacon Ranch Duchess Potatoes

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Did you ever watch Road Rules on MTV back in the day? The fact that I have to say, “Back in the day” is distressing to me, but as an avid MTV watcher – when my mom wasn’t around – I loved Road Rules and The Real World. And when they combined into one show for the Real World/Road Rules Challenge, I was like Bam Reality TV-Ception!!!! Real World Seattle (duh), and Real World Hawaii and New Orleans were my favorite seasons.

But there was one season of the Real World / Road Rules Challenge that I always remember – because of one particular challenge. Both groups were parked out on their respective RV’s and given their clue – which frankly I can’t remember – but it told them in so many puns and alliterations to get their butts to sleep because the next challenge would test their sleep deprived mental fotitude. Basically the Real World team actually slept, and the Road Rulers didn’t – and after staying up for 48 hours doing mind teasers, simple math and identifying song lyrics of MTV artists, it became painfully aware that after hour 30 of no-sleep that even doing 2+9-5 was a test of will.

That’s about how I felt yesterday. After one hour of sleep and a 12 hour work day. And after a flight that was delayed three times in Denver (once for computer issues – cue panic!) and didn’t get me home and in bed until 2:30 in the morning, when I had to be up and back to work at 6am. More on this next week.

Loaded Bacon Ranch Duchess Potatoes

I love sleeping, it’s my favorite.

If I don’t get my 7 hours I’m a royal wreck. Yesterday, work was all the hards because I couldn’t  even remember where a document I update daily lived – on my desktop. My brain had all but cracked open my head, hung a “left for lunch” sign on my forehead and never returned.

With nine hours of sleep under my belt now, I feel like a champ and can testify to the restorative properties of sleep.

Loaded Bacon Ranch Duchess Potatoes

But it’s not just sleep that is so important, but good and nutritious food. For this recipe, I have teamed up with Idaho Potatoes to help bring awareness to Meals on Wheels and providing good food to those less able. Right now, during the Virtual Side Dish Challenge, some of your favorite bloggers are teaming up and throwing down with their favorite potato recipes, for a chance to win $5,000 for their own local Meals on Wheels programs. I’m so pleased to be apart of this adventure and know that this kind of money in any community can do some serious good.

Please take the time to go vote for your favorite recipe -*Cough* Mine *cough* and bring some light into the lives of seniors today.

Now, I think it’s just about time for a nap.

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Loaded Bacon Ranch Duchess Potatoes (or Loaded Bacon Ranch Mashed Potatoes)

Yield: A LOT

Prep Time: 40 MInutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Total Time: 1 Hour

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5 pounds Idaho® Russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
4 tablespoon butter, cubed
6 ounces cream cheese
½ cup half and half
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 package powdered ranch dip mix
5 slices bacon, cookies and finely chopped
2 stalks green onion, finely minced
1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded


1. In a large stockpot, add quartered potatoes. Fill the stockpot with cold water until potatoes are covered. Cover the stockpot with a lid and bring the potatoes to a boil. Boil until the potatoes are fork tender. A fork should be able to pass through the potato without the potato falling apart. Drain potatoes.
2. Pour potatoes into a large mixing bowl, or a stand mixer bowl outfitted with a paddle attachment. Turn mixer onto low, or using potato mash, mash potatoes until they are smooth. Add in butter, cream cheese and half and half and mix in. Once incorporated, sprinkle in pepper, and powdered ranch dip mix, stir in. Finally, mix in bacon, green onion and cheddar cheese. Mix until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
3. Preheat oven to 375F. Outfit a piping bag, like one used in cake decorating, with a coupler and a large tip with a wide decorative pattern. Fill the piping bag with the mixed potatoes and pipe into tall round stacks onto a non-stick baking sheet that has been sprayed lightly with non-stick spray.
4. Bake until potatoes turn golden brown on top, about 20-30 minutes. Remove from baking sheet with a spatula and serve immediately.



25 Responses to “Loaded Bacon Ranch Duchess Potatoes”

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — February 26, 2014 @ 7:37 am

    These look so fab! Heading over to vote 🙂

    • Megan replied: — February 26th, 2014 @ 7:43 am

      Thanks Marie!! I’m hoping that this money does some good in my community 🙂

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — February 26, 2014 @ 7:41 am

    Oh man these look great. I was an avid MTV watcher too.

    • Megan replied: — February 26th, 2014 @ 7:44 am

      My mom never allowed us to watch MTV – so I had to sneak watch it at friends’ houses haha I’m such a rebel!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — February 26, 2014 @ 8:30 am

    I seriously want to stuff my face with those potatoes omg

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    Susan — February 26, 2014 @ 8:31 am

    let’s just talk about how pretty your potatoes are? Because they are. Also I loved watching Real World/Road Rules back in the day. Before it was trashy.

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    Kathryn — February 26, 2014 @ 8:33 am

    I feel pretty much exactly the same way if I don’t get my proper sleep. I might as well not bother turning up to be honest. Good old cheesy carbs always help when you’re sleep deprived though.

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    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog — February 26, 2014 @ 8:57 am

    I’m such a mess when I don’t get sleep, so I feel your pain! These potatoes look so good, and I could definitely use a hearty meal like this with all the cold weather! yum!

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    Karen (Back Road Journal) — February 26, 2014 @ 9:44 am

    Definitely a winner in my book…good luck.

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    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — February 26, 2014 @ 9:50 am

    I feel your pain, I had one of those days yesterday, I was a complete zombie the entire day! These guys are the perfect potato!

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    Courtney @ Neighborfood — February 26, 2014 @ 10:44 am

    There are two times when you don’t want to be around me: when I’m sleep deprived and when I’m hungry. God forbid they happen at the same time. I’m so glad you made it back safely. No one ever likes to hear their plane had computer issues. Yikes! These look so comforting, I’d like to make a blanket out of them.

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    Amanda — February 26, 2014 @ 12:36 pm

    These look unbelievably good!

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    Gaby — February 26, 2014 @ 12:55 pm

    I’m like you, I need my sleep! These potatoes looks out of this world amazing!!

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    Julia — February 26, 2014 @ 2:14 pm

    Sonuvahbeehive, operating off of 1 hours of sleep after working 12 hours sounds like Chinese water torture! So glad you’re well rested now! This whole bowl-plate is killing me softly…straight up fugees-style. I want all of it in my belly, plus the second one too! Love them sausages and taters!

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    Mads — February 26, 2014 @ 4:32 pm

    #OKMHHangover for days! I didn’t stay up as late as you, but I definitely feel the side effects. The weekend was definitely worth it though! You are every bit as wonderful in person as you are on the blog. I love being able to hear your voice when I read your posts.
    Mmmm po-tay-toes

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    Karly — February 26, 2014 @ 5:38 pm

    I’ve never had potatoes like this and now I feel like I am seriously missing out. Life was not even worth living until now.

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    Tieghan — February 26, 2014 @ 8:52 pm

    These potatoes look so good!! Amazed!

    So happy you got some sleep. Sleep is a MUST for me too!

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    Betsy | — February 27, 2014 @ 3:04 am

    Oh fun…. piping the taters like that! GREAT idea!

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    BrendaE — February 27, 2014 @ 5:43 am

    I just want leave work and go home right now and make these for breakfast

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    bev @ bevcooks — February 27, 2014 @ 7:34 am

    My eyeballs are having the best time right now.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 27, 2014 @ 8:23 am

    These potatoes look amazing, Megan! So fluffy and creamy and perfect with sausages. Just FYI though, your recipe says “5 slices bacon, cookies.” I’m all for bacon and cookies, but I think it might be a typo! 😉

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — February 27, 2014 @ 3:10 pm

    What in the whaaaaat?! Those potatoes are freakin’ amazeballs, Megs. Can I call you Megs? And can you send me some taters stat?

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    Nik@ABrownTable — February 27, 2014 @ 6:47 pm

    I tried to make these as a kid once, it didn’t go too well. You’ve made the duchess with perfection!

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    Lauren — March 1, 2014 @ 10:53 pm

    That first photo is divine!! Also, craving potatoes.

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    Kathy @ Olives & Garlic — March 2, 2014 @ 7:11 pm

    I remember Road Rules.
    I love what you have done with the potatoes here. They look so different and pretty. My hubby will love this!

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