I love finding ways to feed everyone where I can prep ahead and spend my time eating and visiting instead of being stuck in the kitchen.
This Baked Potato Bar is the perfect solution. Just prep your toppings earlier in the day, store in the fridge, then serve up with some hot potatoes for an easy meal.
It works for a small crowd (like your family) or a big one (like the whole swim team). And it’s easy to scale–so if you have more people show up than you were expecting, just make a few more potatoes!
Baked Potato Bar Topping Ideas
- shredded cheese
- sour cream
- red onions
- diced fresh tomatoes
- salt & pepper
- chopped ham
- shredded chicken (just use leftovers)
- taco meat
- Tabasco or hot sauce
If you’re cooking for a crowd, bake your potatoes ahead of time (I love russets for baking) and keep them warm in a cooler. Yes, really!
While your potatoes are baking, fill the cooler with hot (not boiling water), then empty and dry thoroughly. Store the potatoes in the cooler with the lid closed until needed.
This will make a great poolside healthy dinner for us during our summer swim season–I’ll pack one cooler with the cold foods and one with the hot food–and everyone can enjoy it.
Kids (and adults) love being able to personalize their own potato. This meal is so easy to adapt if you’re feeding those with allergies, gluten-free needs, etc.
We also like to use little ramekins whenever we’re doing a Make-Your-Own bar like tacos, cookie decorating, or salad toppings.
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