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Clean Out Fridge and Assemble Super Baked Potato Meal

A great baked potato supper has endless possibilities. Using a plain baked russet potato as a base, almost anything makes a perfect topping. Of course the classics - sour cream, crumbled bacon, cheddar cheese and chives, are a great place to start but the options go far beyond your typical “loaded baked potato.” For a simple supper try parmesan cheese with butter or olive oil. In the mood for a Mediterranean meal? How about feta cheese and olives? For a Mexican-inspired version try salsa and Monterey jack. Sautéed mushrooms and onions, diced ham and mozzarella, Velveeta and broccoli, or cooked sausage, provolone and peppers all make great toppings for potatos. The sky is truly the limit, so clean out the fridge and create a buffet of toppings for a make your own potato, “savory sundae” bar.

Preparing the Perfect Baked Potato

The perfect baked potato doesn’t have to take 45 minutes in the oven.  It can be on the table in less than 15 minutes. For a slow-cooked, homemade taste use both the microwave and the oven. While the oven is pre-heating to 375 degrees, scrub and dry your large russet potatoes. Simply poke several holes into the clean and dry potatoes and pop them into the microwave for 5-8 minutes. Then place your nearly cooked potatoes onto a baking sheet and finish the baking process in a hot oven for just a few minutes. Potatoes should be soft enough for a fork to easily poke through to the middle. The last few minutes of baking in the oven will give the potato a perfectly baked texture and make the ideal blank canvas for a delicious baked potato supper.

The baked potato buffet makes for a great meal that could quickly become a weekly staple without ever getting old because it never has to be made the same way twice. With only one absolutely necessary ingredient – a large russet potato – it couldn’t be easier. The baked potato supper is a perfect way to turn any kind of leftover and common refrigerator or pantry staple into a delicious meal the whole family will love. Make Fridays, baked potato night at your house. The kids will look forward every week to choosing their toppings and trying new varieties of the perfect baked potato dinner. This fun and crowd-pleasing meal is only a few minutes away so try it tonight.

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