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Baked Potato Bar {Easy Party Favorite}

Need an easy way to feed a crowd? This Baked Potato Bar is simple to pull together and is always popular!

Great potluck idea - baked potato bar and toppings
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Seems like we are hosting a lot lately! Between parties, potlucks and family get-togethers, there is often a crowd to feed.

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!

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Make a Baked Potato Bar

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.

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.

How do I serve a Baked Potato Bar?

This easy Baked Potato Bar is party-ready when you use a pretty dish like this Food Network Chip & Dip Set. <– No longer available, unfortunately, but there are plenty of pretty ceramic sets.

We also like to use little ramekins whenever we're doing a Make-Your-Own bar like tacos, cookie decorating, or salad toppings.

How to make a Baked Potato Bar

What kind of potatoes should I use for a Baked Potato Bar?

Russets are the best choice because they are starchy and absorb all the yummy toppings. When you're cooking for a crowd, it's also very inexpensive to buy a 5- or 10-pound bag of russet potatoes.

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What makes good Baked Potato Bar Toppings?

  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • butter
  • scallions
  • red onions
  • broccoli
  • diced fresh tomatoes
  • salt & pepper
  • chili
  • chopped ham
  • bacon
  • shredded chicken (just use leftovers)
  • taco meat
  • salsa
  • guacamole
  • Tabasco or hot sauce
Potluck Ideas - Baked Potato Bar

How can I keep baked potatoes warm for a potluck?

Just bake your potatoes ahead of time, and during that time, fill a cooler with hot (but not boiling) water. Empty and dry the cooler thoroughly.

Store the potatoes in the cooler with the lid closed, and they'll stay hot until you need to serve them!

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Sunday 2nd of April 2017

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Dean

Sunday 2nd of April 2017

My husband and I were just saying we need a baked potato night, it's been awhile. We put out all the toppings (potato bar) and let everyone get in there. The kids enjoy it. Thanks for sharing with us at #MMBH.

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Tuesday 28th of March 2017

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Julie Christiansen

Tuesday 28th of March 2017

For some reason I always seem to forget about baked potato bars when I'm hosting a party, which is crazy, because they are so easy to do, yummy, and definitely cost effective. Thanks for the reminder, I'll have to jot it down for my next gathering! Thanks for sharing at My Busy Beehive's #beeparty this week! PS your dishes are lovely, they display the meal so well!

Roseann Hampton

Monday 27th of March 2017

Your potato bar looks like a fabulous idea!