baked potato bar

04.11.11

One of my favorite camp meals is a baked potato bar. I’m typically not a huge potato fan – exception of truffle fries – but every once in a while nothing sounds better than a baked potato bar. The Taster was telling me about his massive baked potato bar at work and I knew I needed it in my life. Stat. His corporate lunch room has every topping you can think of – but our camp version is much more basic – and still delicious – with green onions, tomatoes, sour cream and salsa.

Potatoes are on the filling side to begin with (resistant starch!) and when you add toppings in forms of veggies, protein and some fat, you’ve got a pretty inexpensive, filling meal. The possibilities are endless and you probably have a number of the ingredients at home right now!

Baked Potato Topping Ideas:

  • sauteed mushrooms
  • sauteed greens (spinach, kale, etc)
  • steamed broccoli
  • caramelized onions
  • roasted garlic
  • green onions
  • fresh tomatoes/salsa
  • chili (we used Black Bean)
  • bacon crumbles
  • cheese (cheddar, blue, smoked gouda, etc.)
  • sour cream
  • olives

We used a combination of chili, sauteed mushrooms and bacon, broccoli, cheese, sour cream and green onions. Load your potato up and dig in!

Baked Potato Tip: Wash and clean desired number of potatoes. Drizzle with olive oil and sea salt and rub all over potatoes to coat them completely with olive oil and salt. Bake at 400° F for about 45 minutes (depending on potato size) until crispy on the outside and soft in the inside.

What is your favorite potato topping? I’m sure I’m missing some good ones!

19 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    Baked potato bar was my second favorite lunch in gradeschool… my first favorite was nacho bar (embarrassing now as an RD, haha). The cheese was definitely the highlight.

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    • Emily
      Apr 11, 2011 @ 11:34 am

      Haha, that is too funny! My favorite hot lunch was French Toast Sticks – equally embarrassing!

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  2. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 11:31 am

    You have my favorite topping — chili. I love chili poured over a baked potato or I like butter with salt and pepper!

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  3. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 1:21 pm

    I haven’t had a baked potato in AGES! Sounds so good . . . I’m drooling about crispy, slightly salty potato skin right now. Mmmmm!

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  4. Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    I love baked potatoes but I never make any at home because I’m not impatient with the waiting time! lol My favorite toppers are cheese and chives :D

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  5. kate
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

    i loved potato bar days back in elementary school too! my fav topper then was bacon and cheese. now i really like hummus. this may need to be dinner soon :)

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    • Emily
      Apr 11, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

      Ooooh, definitely did not think of hummus!

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  6. michelle {The Lively Kitchen}
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    I’ve done the Baked Potato Bar a couple of times when feeding large groups – it is pretty inexpensive and customizable for veg*ns and omnivores. I like lots of green onions, broccoli, some salsa and some sour cream.

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  7. Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    Apr 11, 2011 @ 10:35 pm

    Actually, I like Potatoes plain — I know, I’m weird, but I like that flavor! :)

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  8. Sara @ Nourish and Flourish
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 12:16 am

    LOVE loaded baked potatoes! It would be sin for me not to; I’m from Idaho!

    I’m happy with the classics: cheddar cheese, sour cream, salsa and green onions. However, blue cheese or goat cheese + caramelized onions (love your idea) would be amazing!

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  9. Maris (In Good Taste)
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 5:48 am

    What a fabulous idea and new to me! I loev it!

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  10. Dana
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 7:44 am

    I love baked potatoes with pretty much anything on them! I love the idea of a baked potato bar… I wonder if I convince them to add one to my lunchroom at work ;)

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  11. Connie the cookie monster
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 11:39 am

    omg i love lvoe LOVE baked potatoes, this looks SO GOOD

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  12. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

    After your fabulous spinach and artichoke sandwich, I made myself a spinach and artichoke and white bean baked potato! It was awesome. I just ate it for lunch 10 minutes ago. :)

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    • Emily
      Apr 12, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

      Haha love it!

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  13. Kimberly
    Apr 13, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

    Mmm, I love baked potatoes! Sweet or regular are awesome! I love putting cold cottage cheese on them sometimes, since I rarely roll with sour cream…I don’t know why, I just got into it :P And for sweet taters, I use brown sugar and butter all the way! Love your tips! :)

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  14. Lori@FakeFoodFree
    Apr 13, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

    We have a BBQ restaurant in my home town that does a BBQ chicken baked potato. A potato stuffed with shredded BBQ chicken and it is so good! I’ve recreated it with BBQ ground beef as well. Something about that combo I love!

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  15. Amy
    Apr 13, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

    i havent had a baked potato in forever!! i gotta bring those back! ive seen some people put baked beans over them..yum!

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  16. holly
    Apr 24, 2011 @ 7:15 pm

    this is a genius dinner party idea. interactive, fun, customizable. noted!

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