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

Active: 45 Total: 45

A baked potato bar is a fun DIY meal that lends itself to using up a variety of leftovers and / or fresh ingredients as toppings. The only change we made to this meal since featuring it in 2018 is to halve the potatoes before roasting to speed up cook time.
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Baked Potato Bar:
  • Potatoes, medium russet - 4 , halved lengthwise
  • 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
  • Foil - for baking
  • 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


  1. Potatoes - Wash and scrub potatoes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  2. Cheese / Onions / Broccoli - Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)

  3. Broccoli - 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)

  4. Chives / Tomatoes - Prep as directed. (Can be done 1 day ahead)

  5. Olives - Drain and rinse.

  6. Beans - Drain and rinse.

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  1. Heat oven to 425F / 218C. Line a sheet pan with foil.

  2. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise and rub on all sides with some oil. Place potatoes cut-side down on sheet pan. Season the tops with some salt. Transfer to the oven and roast until potatoes can be easily pierced with a fork, ~30 minutes.

  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. Spread butter on each potato half (if using) and gently mash with a fork. Have everyone top their potatoes at the table and enjoy!



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