The potato is probably one of the most versatile food items available to us. It can be mashed, smashed, fried, sliced, scalloped, the list goes on and on. To keep things simple, whether for a casual dinner with friends or a fun meal for the kids, a potato in its simply baked state is a meal in and of itself.
A build your own baked potato bar is not only a simple and delicious dinner, it’s also a fun way for kids to make a weeknight meal for themselves. Think of it like you would a build your own ice cream sundae bar, just substitute savory for the sweet.
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Below is a list of our favorite baked potato fixins for your baked potato bar. Use one, use them all, who cares? Just have fun and get topping!
Have any baked potato toppings that you love? Let us know in the comments below!
Cheeses: American, Cheddar, Mozzarella. All shredded, all real.
Nothing is more tantalizing to the eyes and the taste buds than that ooey-gooey melted cheese on top of a baked potato. Make sure that the cheese is shredded so it can combine with the rest of the toppings. Also, be sure to buy real cheese and not substitute in order to ensure that the cheese melts.
Meats: Bacon, Sausage, Beef Chili. Browned in a frying pan and served pipin’ hot!
To add some real body to your baked potato, a topping of browned meat is an excellent way to go. Go with bacon for a salty and fatty kick, or brown up some pork sausage for an excellent complement to the potato. We really enjoy beef chili on a potato as it combines into a velvety bite similar to chili and potato stew.
Vegetables: Scallions, Broccoli, Spinach, Kale. Steamed and sliced!
It’s always nice to throw in something green when everything else is brown and tan, so some crunchy and leafy vegetables are perfect. Serve scallions raw and sliced into small rings and the broccoli, spinach and kale steamed and cut into bite-sized pieces for easy mixing and eating. Don’t forget to season with a lot of salt and pepper.
Misc: Butter, Sour Cream, Greek Yogurt, Caramelized Onions.
Butter and baked potato is like spaghetti and meatballs. Sure, you can have one without the other, but they’re always better when they’re together! Sour cream also adds a nice, tangy richness. To keep things on the healthier side, I recommend trying greek yogurt as a hearty substitute. The consistency is the same and you still get that satisfying sour flavor. Caramelized onions are a much-overlooked baked potato topping, as well. The sweetness of the onions mixed with all of that salty and starchy richness is a match made in tater heaven.