A baked potato bar is not a new idea and I am sure you have done it many times… but recently we “rediscovered” this dinner idea and it continues to be a huge hit around here!
I like potato bar’s because they are easy and cheap. We usually can find many toppings in the fridge and I rarely have to pick anything up at the store for it, the only thing I have to do is get them in the oven in time 🙂
I always butter and salt the potatoes with kosher salt and wrap them in foil, my husband tells me this is why he loves me! This is a good job for the kids. ** I think they turn out better when you don’t wrap them in foil, but it makes a mess of my oven and smokes even with a pan underneath…
A month or so ago I got a great deal on this BBQ. I usually make my own but it was so cheap I thought I would try it. I bought a bunch and threw them in the freezer. When we have baked potatoes we use 2 for my family. I toss them in the microwave and we top the potatoes with it.
This is a picture of my daughters plate, I forgot to take one of mine and my husbands, we had ours TOPPED with everything! It was prettier that way! We usually have sour cream, cheese, butter, green onions, pulled pork, and salt and pepper.
Here are some ideas of what you can put in your bar:
fresh or frozen peas
avocado slices or chunks
sweet bell pepper
|Sauces and Dressings
flavored sour creams,
such as chipolte, truffle, cilantro
sour cream dips
Meat sauces such as stroganoff
nacho cheese or chili con queso
grilled or creamed chicken
shredded or crumbled ground beef
stroganoff or beef tips
shredded Parmesan cheese
tiny shrimps scampi
|Exotic and Gourmet toppings
chopped fresh herbs
sauted spinach with garlic
stir fried baby vegetables
roasted red peppers
mixed grilled vegetables
caviar or fish roe
sliced toasted almonds
chopped water chestnuts
Baked Potato bars are really good to serve to big groups and company, Ellen’s Kitchen has methods on how to transport and arrange Potato Bars for large crowds.
What are you having for dinner tonight?