A Baked Potato Party Board is a great way to serve lunch, dinner, or party fare so everyone can design their own baked potato masterpiece to match their personal tastes and preferences.
What you'll love most about this potato party board idea is how customizable it is.
I have ideas like crazy for you down below so make sure you check them all out.
I promise, there is something here for everyone!!
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The ingredient list for the board shown:
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- russet potatoes
- salt and pepper
- shredded cheddar cheese
- shredded Swiss cheese
- shredded pepper jack cheese
- caramelized onions
- black beans
- cooked bacon
- diced ham
- sour cream
Kitchen tools and equipment needed:
- party board (optional, but fun)
- aluminum foil (optional, for baking potatoes)
- chef's knife
- cutting board
- cheese grater (optional)
- can opener
- large skillet (for making caramelized onions)
- toppings bowls
- large serving bowl (for the potatoes)
What is the best potato for baking?
I like to use large russet potatoes.
Because a russet potato is starchy they are nice and fluffy after baking making them a perfect vehicle for all kinds of toppings.
What is the best method for baking a potato?
There are several wonderful methods, and it all depends on the method you prefer or have at your disposal at the time.
The microwave method:
By far the fastest of the methods.
Wash and pierce the russet potatoes with a paring knife and microwave on high power (approximately 4-5 minutes per potato) until the potatoes are soft and tender when gently squeezed.
*Note - there is no need to wrap the potatoes when cooking them in a microwave oven, but do be careful not to overcook them or they will become tough.
The oven method (foil-wrapped, shown):
Wash the potatoes and wrap them in a single layer of aluminum foil.
Pierce the potatoes with a paring knife and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven (approximately 50-60 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes) until the potatoes are soft when gently squeezed.
This was my preferred method for this baked potato bar because the foil wrapping helped keep the potatoes hot long after they came out of the oven, making them perfect for a party board.
The oven method (unwrapped):
A super tasty way to bake a russet potato.
Wash and dry the potatoes first. Pierce each potato with a paring knife. Rub each potato with a light coating of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Place the potatoes on the center rack of a preheated 350-degree oven and cook until tender and soft (approximately 50-60 minutes, depending on the size of the potatoes).
The outdoor grill method:
Russet potatoes are amazingly delicious when cooked on an outdoor grill.
Wash them first and pierce them with a paring knife.
You can either wrap them in foil or cook them without wrapping, on the top grate, or around the perimeter of the grill (for indirect cooking).
Cooking russet potatoes on the grill (without foil wrapping) will char the skins nicely and give them a crisp and more flavorful taste and texture.
My very favorite guacamole recipe (shown above)
How to make caramelized onions:
Slice 4-5 large sweet onions, and cook them (over medium heat) in a large skillet with 2 tablespoons of butter, and 2 tablespoons of olive oil stirring occasionally until deeply golden. This will take approximately 20 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper.
Caramelized onions can be made ahead and kept in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Additional baked potato topping suggestions:
Breakfast or brunch baked potato bar suggestions:
- hard-cooked eggs
- scrambled eggs
- cooked and crumbled pork breakfast sausage
- poached eggs
- Hollandaise sauce
- smoked salmon
Lunch or dinner baked potato bar suggestions:
- cooked broccoli
- cooked peas
- wasabi peas
- refried beans
- tortilla chips
- rotisserie chicken
- ground cooked pork
- crushed potato chips
- crushed cheese crackers
- sesame seeds
- sunflower seeds
- smoked paprika
- cooked mushrooms
- beer cheese sauce
- diced avocado
- cherry tomatoes
- shredded lettuce
- taco meat
- macaroni and cheese
- spaghetti and sauce
- alfredo sauce
- cooked hot dogs
- red onions
- you get the gist...you're only limited by your imagination!!
Can sweet potatoes be used for a baked potato board?
You bet!! Why not make a mixture of both?
Sweet potato topper suggestions:
- brown sugar
- cinnamon apples
- crushed gingersnap cookies
- the possibilities are endless...
Additional potato recipes you'll enjoy:
*Pimento Cheese Mashed Potatoes (shown below)
Why not give traditional mashed potatoes a little update? Pimento Cheese Mashed Potatoes are easy to make and taste amazing!!
*Twice Baked Tropical Sweet Potato Boats (not shown, but in the featured video)
Travel to the tropics with these fun, festive, and extremely delicious twice-baked sweet potato boats featuring coconut and lime flavors.
*Chicken Pot Potatoes (shown below)
What do you get when you combine a baked potato with all the comfort and goodness of a chicken pot pie, but without all the work? Chicken Pot Pie Potatoes, that’s what!
*Tex-Mex Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (not shown)
When you want to spice up your dinner options, but still want something healthy and quick, this recipe for Tex-Mex Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Ground Beef & Beans may be just the thing you’re looking for!
*Baked Potato Party Board (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!
Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today's Baked Potato Party Board.
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Baked Potato Party Board
For the potatoes:
- 8 large russet potatoes washed and cooked until soft and tender
- 1½ cups sour cream
- 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1½ cups shredded Swiss cheese
- 1½ cups shredded pepper jack cheese
- 1½ cups caramelized onions
- 1½ cups black beans, drained
- 1½ cups cooked bacon
- 1½ cups diced ham
- 1½ cups prepared guacamole
- 1 cup chopped scallions
- salt and pepper
- Bake the potatoes using your preferred method of cooking.
- While the potatoes are baking, prepare the topping ingredients.
- Place all the topping ingredients in separate bowls, and serve along with the baked potatoes.
I sincerely hope you've enjoyed today's fun and easy potato side dish (or main course) as much as I've enjoyed bringing it to you!!
Thank you so much for visiting me today in my Kudos Kitchen. I hope you found something you'll love and that you'll come back and visit me often. There is always room for you around my table!
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