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Family dinner night: Baked potato bar

Bake up a night of fun!

I just love potatoes. They're so versatile with so many delicious ways to prepare them. One of my favorite ways to eat potatoes is baked.
Loaded baked potato

So warm and delicious, baked potatoes are just begging to be loaded with lots of tasty toppings. Potatoes are actually nutritious, too, because they're loaded with vitamins and minerals.

Most kids love potatoes, so a baked potato bar makes for a great family-friendly meal. It's also the perfect meal for a party when you're serving large crowds. They're cheap, easy to make and fun to assemble. Here's how to make a baked potato bar:

1

Prepare potatoes

Grab some large baking potatoes and give them a good scrub. Dry your potatoes and wrap them in tinfoil. Using a fork, poke some holes in the tinfoil so the steam can escape.

foil potatoes

2

Bake potatoes

Bake your potatoes in the oven at 400 degrees F for about 50 to 60 minutes, or until the potatoes are nice and tender. Remove them from the oven, remove the foil and place the potatoes on a plate. Slice the potatoes both lengthwise and widthwise. This will give you some room for loading up your potato!

baked potato

3

Gather toppings

Now you'll want to gather your toppings. There are so many delicious topping options. I made a nice variety of some of my favorite toppings.

First up are some healthy veggie toppings. I served steamed broccoli, chopped green onion and diced tomatoes. If you love salsa, you could serve that instead of the chopped tomatoes. Chives would also work instead of the green onions. You pick your favorites!

veggie toppings

Next, I served some yummy and healthy dairy toppings. I served shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese and a dish of delicious sour cream.

dairy toppings

Finally, some delicious meaty options. I cooked up some bacon and crumbled it in a bowl, then heated up some chili and served it in a second bowl. Yummy!

meaty toppings

I placed the potatoes and toppings on my buffet, and my kids just loved helping themselves. They each assembled a potato just how they wanted and were able to pick their favorite toppings, which made them happy. When the kids are happy, I'm happy!

4

Serve

potato bar

Here's a sampling of some of the potatoes my family made — a nice variety of delicious toppings.

loaded potatoes

A baked potato bar is a fun way to serve potatoes and a favorite of my family. A baked potato bar can offer so much variety. They really enable everyone to pick their own favorite toppings and enjoy their own baked potato, just the way they like it. It's a quick and easy weeknight meal, served with a salad on the side. I think your family is going to love it!

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