Potato Bar

Baked Potato Bar / Busy Mom's Helper

Okay, I know this isn’t EXACTLY a recipe, but it’s one of my kids’ favorite meals so I thought I should still share it. It started in elementary school. Now, I don’t know what type of lunches you had when you attended school as a kid, but one of our rotating menu items was potato bar. It was one of my favorites (along with the pizza, of course)! When I still lived in Utah, I would often volunteer or sub at the local elementary school (which is the exact school I attended 1st and 2nd grade), and they STILL had this yummy meal. It got my craving going, so I decided to do our own family potato bar at home.

Obviously, you need some baked potatoes: wash, poke holes in the potatoes, and bake at 425 degrees for about an hour to an hour and a half, depending on potato size.

You need toppings. these are some of the ideas I’ve used and/or seen:
Cheese
Sour cream
Butter
Bacon bits
Ham bits
Olives
Chives
Broccoli
Chili
Cottage Cheese
Mushrooms
Bell peppers
Cauliflower
Ranch dressing
Garlic butter

Put the toppings in different serving bowls (little ones work great for us), and let each person select their own so they actually ‘build’ their own potato. The kids think it’s the funnest thing ever!

I’m sure there’s tons more toppings, so just base it on what your family likes. Ours is usually the cheese, sour cream, ham bits, chives, and sometimes olives and bacon bits. Have fun with it!

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