Loaded Baked Potatoes 7 Ways

Everyone loves potatoes – it's just a fact of life. But being such a beloved staple also means that potatoes get used over and over in the same old ways. Maybe you already have a baked potato recipe you've come to love, but we're here to tell you that your tubers' horizons are wider than you think. These 7 fresh and exciting flavor combinations are going to transform your baked potatoes from repetitive comfort food classics to super spuds! Whether you try the Tex-Mex, Mediterranean, lox, or BBQ pulled pork, your baked potatoes are ready to make their big culinary statement.

Yield: 1 per recipe
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty Level: Easy

The Perfect Baked Potato

You'll Need:

  • 1 large potato
  • vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Here's How:

0.1 Preheat the oven to 350°F and slice the potato once lengthwise, slightly to the left or right of its center.

0.2 Place the potato between 2 wooden spoons with the exposed side facing up and make diagonal incisions in a grid-like pattern, stopping the cut when the knife hits the wooden spoons

0.3 Place the potato on a baking tray, drizzle vegetable oil over it, and season with salt & pepper. Transfer the baking tray to the oven and bake at 350°F for 45 minutes. For an extra moist potato, sporadically brush vegetable oil over it while it's baking in the oven. Take the potato out of the oven and top it off with 1 of the following flavor combinations.

1. Mediterranean Baked Potato

You'll Need:

  • garlic & herb butter
  • chunky vegetable pasta sauce
  • feta cheese
  • sliced black olives

2. Bacon & Sour Cream Baked Potato

You'll Need:

  • grated Swiss cheese
  • sour cream
  • diced bacon
  • chopped chives

3. Tex-Mex Baked Potato

You'll Need:

  • grated cheddar cheese
  • guacamole
  • taco meat
  • sliced jalapeños

4. Ball Park Baked Potato

You'll Need:

  • grated Swiss cheese
  • hot dog slices
  • burger sauce
  • crispy fried onions

5. Loaded Lox Baked Potato

You'll Need:

  • camembert
  • smoked salmon
  • arugula
  • honey mustard sauce

6. BBQ Pulled Pork Baked Potato

You'll Need:

  • grated cheddar cheese
  • pulled pork
  • BBQ sauce
  • sliced scallions

7. Pesto & Mozzarella Baked Potato

You'll Need:

  • shredded mozzarella
  • chopped cherry tomatoes
  • pesto
  • diced red onion

With these 7 new ideas for baked potatoes, you could eat them all week long without ever getting bored! From Mediterranean to Tex-Mex, there's a tater out there for everyone. Give them all a try, or experiment with new flavor combinations of your own!

Get the recipe for the Crouton Meatballs Stuffed With Potatoes featured in the bonus video.


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