Baked Potatoes With A Dash Of Fun

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source: Katcha

The first time I made my kids baked potatoes for dinner was at the end of a long summer day at the beach. I was exhausted, they were starving, and a baked potato  seemed  just the right way to end the day.  After 12 minutes in the microwave, I placed a plate of hot potatoes and a half a dozen toppings on the table and they went at ém.  Perfect!

Baked Potato Variations

  • The Plain As The Hills = potato + butter or margarine + salt
  • The Classic = sour cream + chives
  • The Classic Plus = sour cream + real butter + chives + imitation bacon bits
  • The Health Potato = drained cottage cheese + chopped chives + chopped tomato
  • Cheese + imitation bacon bits
  • cottage cheese, Parmesan, chopped green onions, white pepper, basil, garlic powder, paprika

sauteed onions w/ or w/o garlic

lightly steamed cauliflower and cheese

ricotta (plain or seasoned with salt, pepper and fresh herbs of any kind)

lightly steamed broccoli and cheese

garlic salt, black pepper, paprika, red pepper, chives, butter, sour cream, or plain yogurt, grated cheese, black olives (optional)

butter and cream of celery soup

Parmesan cheese sprinkled over another topping

garlic, chicken broth, sour cream, pepper, Parmesan and paprika mixed with mashed potatoes and restuffed

cheese, sour cream and veggies

plain salsa (from a jar is fine)

plain or herbed cream cheese (you can make your own)

fresh snipped herbs like parsley, tarragon, chervil, chives…don’t mix

plain roasted garlic

feta with or without the addition of  sour cream

plain ranch dressing

salsa, shredded cheese and some sour cream

cheese and pizza sauce

chopped leftover cooked veggies with some kind of creamy topping

grated cheese and grilled onions

tomatoes, green onion, pepper, salt and balsamic vinegar

butter and imitation bacon bits

avocado chunks

caramelized garlic, onions or leeks

sauteed green peppers, onions, sour cream, butter, salt and pepper

roasted red peppers

butter, salt, pepper and lightly steamed, sauteed or microwaved bell pepper slices

jarred jalapeno rings (great choice for dieters)

sour cream, butter and cheese w/ or w/o squeeze of lemon

sauerkraut (for adventurous diners only)

plain cottage cheese

cream cheese mixed with handful of  hot cooked veggies

variety of salad dressings

black beans and salsa

sour cream (low-fat is okay but non-fat won’t have enough creaminess)

sauteed peppers and onions

plain yogurt or plain yogurt seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic

broccoli or spinach dip

shredded cheese (Cheddar and American are both good choices)

sauteed garlic, sliced not chopped

Warning: I have not tried all of these toppings out myself, so I can not vouch for their tastiness many of these topics were recommended to me by friends. But don’t let that deter you. Be brave and have some fun!

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