Build Your Own Baked Potato

Baked Potato 1

Simple.Β It’s how I plan my meals.

I don’t do complicated. Complicated simply takes too much time, and time is a precious commodity.

When it comes to my meal planning, I create a simple menu plan. Dishes with few ingredients. Meals that have “normal”, easy to find ingredients. Dishes that take very little time or effort to make.

So today I thought I would share an ultra simple dinner idea…

Build Your Own Baked Potato Bar

It’s nothing really new. It’s simply an easy weeknight dinner idea that is easily forgotten about, at least in my home anyway. At the same time, there are so many possibilities of what you can top on the baked potato. And it is a fantastic meal if you have picky eaters because they can put on whatever toppings they like!

Baked Potato

I recently did this with my toddler for dinner one night and he absolutely loved it. On top of that, we were able to use up some leftovers in a “new” way. Here are some of my ideas:

Build Your Own Baked Potato

  • One russet potato per person
  • Olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Easiest Cooking Instructions:

Wash potatoes thoroughly. Place potatoes in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or until potatoes are tender.

Baking Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Wash potatoes thoroughly. Puncture each potato several times with a fork.
  3. Season the potatoes by lightly brushing the potatoes with the oil (or rubbing it on with your hands). Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Place potatoes on baking sheet a few inches apart. Bake for 50-60 minutes, turning every 20 minutes or so. The potatoes are done they feel soft on the inside when you prick them with a fork.
  5. Top potatoes with desired toppings.

Topping Ideas

  • Butter
  • Sour cream
  • shredded cheese (any flavor you like)
  • steamed broccoli
  • crumbled bacon
  • leftover chicken, shredded or cut into small pieces
  • Ground Beef (perfect if you have leftover taco meat!)
  • black beans

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20 Responses to Build Your Own Baked Potato

  1. Kelly says:

    You’re so right about simple! I’m always looking for new, fancy recipes to tempt my guys. Yesterday, I cooked chicken on the grill – just salted put on the fire, no BBQ sauce! – and then boiled potatoes with the skin on, and fork mashed them with a little butter, salt and pepper – and that was it! And they all said it was the best lunch they’d had in a long time lol… so yeah, simple is better!

  2. Casey says:

    I often forget about baked potatoes too! Leftover chili makes a great topping too.

  3. heidi says:

    What a great dinner idea. Letting people create their own deluxe potato. Hope you have a great day!

  4. Jessica says:

    Yum! We are going to do this tomorrow! Great idea, thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  5. Crystelle says:

    I love preparing a baked potato bar when we have a lot of guests… A great informal meal that fills you up…. Thanks for sharing!!
    hugs x, Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique
    PS this would be terrific at the party on my blog!!

  6. Just stopping by from Click and Chat link up party to say hi. I’m now a new follower of all your social media. Stop by and say hi to me sometime. I’m looking forward to sharing with a new blog friend! Have a great week!

  7. Becca says:

    Sounds like a yummy meal idea! Thanks for sharing your post at the Healthy Tuesday hop. πŸ™‚

  8. What a fun idea! I love baked potatoes, especially when they are piled high with toppings!

  9. We love! Baked Potato Bar night in our home. We also throw in some green chile for some added heat. Great post to share at WJIM’s Monday’s Musings. Blessings.

  10. Great recipe to share at the Foodie Friends Friday Copycat Recipes Party
    Cheers! Joanne

  11. Miz Helen says:

    I love a Baked Potato Bar for a great family meal. Your toppings look awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday today, it is great to have you at the party. Hope you have a very special week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. Kenneth Goh says:

    Remind me that I have not baked potatoes for ages. Good idea to use a slow cooker. I will try it possibly tonight to let is slow cook overnight. thanks for sharing with 4 seasons blog hop. Cheers and have a nice day.

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