Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Un-Recipe Files - Baked Potato Bar


Can you have too many versions of a stuffed baked potato?  I don’t think so, as referenced here and here.  I clearly have a thing for them right now.
I set out a baked potato bar over the Christmas holiday for my family.  Nothing was specifically purchased for this meal, we had everything on hand, and it was probably one of my favorite meals of the holiday.  The potatoes were baked using my favorite method, found here.
The cheese drawer was overflowing, so why not have a trio of cheese?  We had a couple packages of Green Giant broccoli and cheese sauce in the freezer.  I knew that would be a perfect pairing.  The stars of the bar were the random leftovers from the fridge.  You have to get creative!  The previous day we had made stuffed mushrooms and ran out of mushrooms so we were left with a mixture of sausage, cream cheese, parmesan, parsley, bread crumbs, and garlic.  I had no idea what was going to happen to that stuffing when I put it in the fridge, but I just couldn’t throw it away.  It was crazy good on potatoes.  Also leftover was some Asian Balsamic Beef Roast (that recipe will be on here soon, a winner) from the slow cooker.   Of course you have to include the basics like sour cream, bacon, and green onions.
Taking pictures was a challenge, lots of hands reaching into the shot.  DAD!  Out.
He was a bad example.
Ok, that is just too cute.  She can have whatever she wants.
Same with this little one, whatever she wants.  The curls… they slay me.
I loved seeing everyone’s creations! 
Meat and potatoes kind of guy.
Blueberries go with bacon and cheese, right?  Again, the curls.
Two very distinct versions on one plate.  I don’t agree with this potato-cutting style, but no one asked me.
Now that is a good looking potato. 
Keeping it simple and vegetarian.  I like the melted cheese.
What can be wrong with this?  Cheese… good, bacon… good
This is mine.  I can’t make up my mind on things, I want to try everything, but not all together. 
I get it from my mom.
Oh dad, that is just a mess.  Is that…. butter?  Let’s go with cheese, that’s better, right?

Baked potato bars are delicious, a great way to get rid of leftovers, and everyone gets to express themselves.  You really can’t ask for more than that from a meal.


  1. This looks so yummy! I seriously wanna come over for dinner at your house every night. Is that strange?

    1. Thanks Kim! You are welcome at my house..... if you organize and decorate it. :)


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