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Set Up a Baked Potato Bar For Dinner Tonight

Everyone will adore this cozy, customizable family meal.

Photography by: Alpha Smoot

Let’s face it, it can be hard to please the whole family with one meal. Our solution, setup a DIY baked potato bar and everyone can customize their plate. While the potatoes bake enjoy Buffalo Shrimp, a crowd-pleasing spin on, yes you guessed it, Buffalo wings. And to go with the potatoes, prepare a side that doubles as one of the most iconic baked potato toppings, broccoli in cheese sauce. Finish the meal with an easy, warm, apple dessert that bakes up in 20 minutes -- and doesn't call for making a pastry crust.


Baked potato night will be such a hit you'll wonder if it should be a regular thing. No complaints here. 


Start With: Roasted Buffalo Shrimp

It's saucy, sticky, and entirely irresistible, plus this easy appetizer takes just 5 minutes to cook -- and will stave off hunger while the potatoes bake. 


Get Roasted Buffalo Shrimp Recipe
Photography by: Alpha Smoot

Main: Baked Potato & Toppings

Our test kitchen’s secret to the perfect baked potato: Bake the potatoes directly on the oven rack, no foil wrap, and split them open with your fingers, not a knife, for perfect crackly skin and the fluffiest interior. Set out the toppings so everyone can get creative and customize. Sure shredded cheese, black beans, and crumbled cooked bacon are musts but also try new combos like edaname and corn (just thaw before using) with sliced red onion and soy sauce or salsa, pickled jalapenos, sliced radishes, and sour cream. 


Pro Tip: Chop up leftover toppings and add to greens to make salad the next day. 


Get the Baked Potatoes with Assorted Toppings Recipe

Side: Steamed Broccoli with Cheddar Sauce

Baked potato night is about all the potato… and how much you can stuff in it! Sure you can serve this on the side but our suggestion is to make it the ultimate tattie topping: broccoli and cheddar sauce.


Get the Steamed Broccoli with Cheddar Sauce Recipe
Photography by: John Kernick

Dessert: Apple-Oat Crisp

When the potatoes come out of the oven, the individual Apple-Oat Crisps go in. With 6 ingredients and a 20-minute bake time, these crisps are the perfect sweet, fruity end to family dinner night. 


Pro Tip: If there's any leftover crisp, it's great with yogurt for breakfast.


Get the Apple Oat Crisp Recipe


Watch Martha make Individual Apple-Oat Crisps: