Jalapeño Popper Mashed Potato Bake
There are side dishes, and then there are side dishes that steal the show—these jalapeño popper inspired mashed potatoes most definitely fall into the second category. Made with a jalapeño infused cream (this step is both easy and essential), the mashed potatoes are imbued with a robust peppery warmth. This lingering heat is tempered by plenty of sour cream and sharp cheddar, which deliver the rich tang you’d expect from a popper dip. Finished with a buttery cracker and bacon topping, this Jalapeño Popper Mashed Potato Bake will be the dish nobody can stop talking about.
Though even the more heat sensitive palettes in our test kitchen did not find this mashed potato bake to be overtly spicy, if you are at all concerned about the heat level, feel free to lose one jalapeño from the recipe.