Baked Potato Bar
with broccoli / bacon / beans / cheese / olives / tomatoes
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. Set this out on Sunday for Game Day if you're a football fan! This meal was last featured in 2020.
- Potatoes, medium russet - 4, halved lengthwise
- Cheese, cheddar - 4 oz, grated
- Onions, medium and red - 1/2, diced
- Broccoli - 8 oz, chopped
- Green onions - 1 Tbsp, chopped, white and green parts combined
- 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
Potatoes - Wash and scrub potatoes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
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)
Green onions / Tomatoes - Prep as directed. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
Olives - Drain and rinse.
Beans - Drain and rinse.
Heat oven to 425F / 218C. Line a sheet pan with foil.
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.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon and fry on both sides until crisp, 6 to 8 minutes total.
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.
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.
Set out toppings - bacon, cheese, onions, broccoli, green onions, tomatoes, olives, beans, sour cream, and salsa.
Spread butter on each potato half (if using) and gently mash with a fork. Have everyone top their potatoes at the table and enjoy!
Delicious! Potatoes where soooo good!0 Helpful
I really use this more as an idea than an actual recipe, but that's the beauty of this meal. Tonight we used since leftovers from a taco night along with some of the recommended ingredients.0 Helpful
A hit with visiting in-laws.0 Helpful
Can't go wrong with a potato bar. Only one of us in the family used the beans for topping.0 Helpful
I originally thought there were way too many toppings for the potatoes but it turned out to be pretty much the right amount. This was my first time adding broccoli, beans and olives to a baked potato and I was a little skeptical but they were good. I wish I had left out the beans. They took too much effort and didn’t add much.0 Helpful
I’m glad I made notes the first time I made this as those modifications worked well here again. We roasted the potatoes, scooped out the insides, mixed with broccoli, cooked red onion, and yogurt then topped with cheese and broiled a few minutes. Then topped with cooked red lentils which were creamy and the rest of the toppings. Yum!0 Helpful