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Baked Potato Bar
with broccoli / bacon / beans / cheese / olives / tomatoes

Active: 40 minTotal: 50 min

Baked potatoes make for a fun dinner and take under an hour to make! While the potatoes are cooking, prep your toppings bar so everyone can customize their fluffy potatoes to their liking.
Smarts: We’ve included options to "bake" the potatoes in the slow cooker, microwave, and oven so you can use whichever method you prefer.

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Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Baked Potato Bar:
  • Potatoes, medium russet - 4
  • Foil - for cooking (if cooking in oven or slow cooker)
  • Cheese, cheddar - 4 oz, grated
  • Onions, medium and red - 1/2, diced
  • Broccoli - 8 oz, chopped
  • Chives - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Tomatoes, Roma - 4, diced
  • Olives, black and sliced (2.25 oz / 63 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Beans, pinto (15 oz / 397 g) - 1 can, drained and rinsed
  • Bacon - 8 strips
  • Chili powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin - 1/2 tsp
  • Sour cream - 1/2 cup (sub plain or Greek yogurt)
  • Salsa - 1/4 cup
  • Butter (opt) - for serving

Nutrition Facts

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Potatoes - Wash and scrub potatoes. Pierce several times with a fork. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. If cooking potatoes in the slow cooker: Rub potatoes on all sides with some oil and season on the outside with some salt. Wrap each potato individually in foil. Place the potatoes in the bowl of a slow cooker, cover and cook until the potatoes are very tender, 4 to 5 hours on high or 7 to 8 hours on low. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Cheese / Onions / Broccoli - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  4. Broccoli (if not roasted ahead for Tuesday night) - Place broccoli into a microwave-safe container, cover with a damp paper towel, and microwave until tender, ~2 minutes. If using frozen, defrost in the microwave. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  5. Chives / Tomatoes - Prep as directed. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  6. Olives - Drain and rinse.
  7. Beans - Drain and rinse.

Make

  1. If cooking potatoes in the oven: Heat oven to 425F / 218C. Rub potatoes on all sides with some oil and season on the outside with some salt. Wrap each potato individually in foil. Bake in the oven until very tender, 45 to 60 minutes.
  2. If cooking potatoes in the microwave (video): Place in a baking dish and pour 2 Tbsp / 30 mL of water in the dish. Cover with a damp paper towel and cook in microwave until tender, 10 to 12 minutes, turning once in the middle.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon and fry on both sides until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes total.
  4. Transfer bacon to a paper-towel lined plate. Drain off all but 1 Tbsp / 15 mL (for 4 servings; adjust if customizing) of bacon grease. Return pan to heat.
  5. Add beans to heated pan. Saute beans until warmed through. Add chili powder and cumin and saute for 1 minute more. Season with a pinch of salt if needed.
  6. Crumble bacon.
  7. Set out toppings - bacon, cheese, onions, broccoli, chives, tomatoes, olives, beans, sour cream, and salsa.
  8. Slice potatoes in half and add butter to each half if you’d like. Have everyone top their potatoes and enjoy!

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Reviews

This meal has 16 reviews

This was a big hit at our weekly dinner party. Great for all diets!

By: Caitlin
Posted: Nov 09, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian

Easy, healthy, flexible and popular!

By: Eva
Posted: Nov 06, 2018
Diet: Original

Ehh. This was a little boring.

By: Meaghan
Posted: Nov 06, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian

Super easy. Don’t need a recipe.

By: Allison
Posted: Nov 04, 2018
Diet: Original

Baked in oven, will try slow cooker next time - super idea! Didn’t use all the toppings but added a green salad.

By: Alyssa
Posted: Nov 03, 2018
Diet: Original

This is a great idea and simple to put together. My microwave will not fully bake potatoes, even in double the time, so I’m just going to give up and use the oven next time.

By: Jenna
Posted: Nov 02, 2018
Diet: Original