a recipe // potato bar

the baked potato bar.  it's cheap.  it's easy.  and it's just plain awesome every time we have it.  say hello to your next go-to meal, it's one of our favorites over here at the watters' homestead.  it's a dinner for those nights where cooking seems laughable and just saying the two horrid words, "fast food", makes you wince.  and did i mention that this is a please all meal, as in everyone?  yes...you too, picky eater, you!  

step 1: le toppings

this is were you can get really creative and crafty.  heck, open up your fridge door and i'm pretty sure you have at least 3 things in the door that would taste pretty darn good on a spud.    last night andrew and i opted for a south-of-the-border flavor so we went with some spicy pico de gallo and chipotle chili i had frozen this past winter.  green onions, shredded cheese, and sour cream {of course!} made it even better.  

here are some other ingredients we like atop our taters:

*bacon {duh}
*ranch dressing
*hot sauce
*brie cheese
*goat cheese
*roasted red peppers
*black beans
*caramelized onions
*grilled veggies
*sauteed mushrooms

step 2: le potato  {poe-TAT-oooh}

heat your oven to 350 degrees and position racks in top and bottom thirds.  wash the potatoes thoroughly with a stiff brush and cold running water to get the skins nice and clean.  don't forget to pat them dry.  then using a fork poke 8 to 12 deep holes all over the spud so that moisture can escape during cooking.  place them in a bowl and coat lightly with olive oil and kosher salt.  then place potato directly on the cooking rack wrapped in foil in middle of your oven.  put a baking sheet on the lower rack to catch any drippings.  bake them for 1 hour, open them up, and fill em up with your delicious toppings!

step 3: eat & enjoy!

no side dish, says you?  a cold beer doesn't hurt ;)

and i'd like to know, what are some of your favorite quick go-to summer meals when you are in a rush and don't want to spend money eating out?  


  1. A potato bar sounds delicious! I will have to work on this! :) Thanks!

  2. I have a feeling this is going to become a staple in our household!we love our baked potatoes!

  3. Holy cow that looks so stinkin good! The potato bar is my favorite thing at school but I don't use it often...probably because yours looks a million times better!

  4. Pretty genius. I'm always looking for yummy shortcuts!


    1. thanks, Aymara! if you know of any other shortcuts, let me know!! i am always willing to try something new in the kitchen. have a wonderful weekend!

      xo, amanda

  5. I loooooove baked potatoes! This is truly a master plan and one I plan on implementing soon. Thanks for sharing.

  6. These meals look amazing Amanda! So happy to have stumbled across your blog (from A Daily Something). It's just lovely here!
    Ronnie xo

    1. thank you ronnie! i am so happy you popped on over to check us out! have a wonderful weekend :)

      xo, amanda

  7. This looks so fresh and tasty i might just do that right now ! By the way your blog so cute and i love the little daddys video so funny !