Like the cookie exchange party, the baked potato bar is a way to create a holiday activity around the food you'll serve at your Christmas or New Year's Eve parties.
When you grow up in restaurants like I did, food and the social realm go together. For me, it's a hard habit to break, especially when it comes to my favorite comfort food recipes. That said, bringing out the same recipes year after year can become kind of a drag.
A Collection of Ideas for Your Baked Potato Bar
That being the case, I take it upon myself to add some variety to my comfort food recipes, including to my baked potato bar toppings ideas. Here are some of my favorites:
- Paula Deen of the Food Network recommends the old standbys of grated cheddar, bacon and sour cream as baked potato toppings.
- Marth Stewart goes all out with suggestions for making a Tex-Mex potato bar topping, which includes goat cheese, an Italian topping with pepperoni and ricotta cheese and a Scandinavian baked potato bar recipe with smoked salmon and sour cream.
- Cook the Story gives you pointers on how to make your baked potatoes into appetizers. Serve these mini potato bites at your next Christmas or New Year's party with a little bit of asparagus and bacon. Yum!
- Try some baked sweet potatoes with bacon, apples, nutmeg and goat cheese for a sweeter variety.
- Finally, Real Simple gives you tips for setting up your own family-friendly baked potato bar and includes some possible topping ideas for you to try out.
Barbecued Pork: My Baked Potato Bar Idea
And finally, here's my own barbecued pork baked potato bar topping idea. Add the following topping to your spud.
Two cups of cooked barbecue pork. You can make your own recipe or find it in the deli section of Albertson's if you're in a hurry. Heat up the pork according to the package instructions.
Top your baker with a combination of the BBQ pork plus chopped green onions, grated cheddar and a bit of sour cream for an extra tangy kick.
Watch the video to get some tips for baking your potatoes.