What side dishes go with a baked potato bar?

Decide on Toppings

Editor’s Tip: Our favorite toppers include roasted red peppers, blanched broccoli, diced, onions, diced ham, shredded cheese, sour cream, diced avocado, fresh herbs, crumbled crispy bacon, sliced hot peppers, sliced olives, roasted chopped asparagus, and crushed tortilla chips.

Should I wrap my baked potatoes in foil?

Do not wrap potatoes in aluminum foil for baking. Foil holds in moisture and steams the potatoes, resulting in a “boiled” taste and texture. Turn the potatoes over halfway through the baking time to prevent browning of the undersides where they touch the baking tray or oven rack.

Should you poke holes in potatoes before baking?

“Yes, it’s good to prick them,” Smith told Food52. “It pokes holes in the skin, which allows steam to escape. Otherwise, they could explode—it doesn’t happen all the time, but it happens every once in a while. The potato is full of water it’s trying to turn to steam, or water vapor.

Can I keep baked potatoes warm in a crockpot?

If you’re doing potatoes for a crowd (for, say, a church Halloween potato bar or a chili cook-off), this is your answer–you can pile them into the crockpot and then keep them warm until ready to serve. You can also use regular olive oil, it just won’t infuse that flavor into your potatoes.)

What can I put on a baked potato instead of butter?

Butter, sour cream and cheese are common toppings for baked potatoes, but the regular versions of these items are high in fat. Instead, opt for a low-fat or fat-free version to make your potato toppings healthier. Another option is fat-free, plain Greek yogurt, which is higher in protein than regular yogurt.

What to use if there’s no butter?

In general, the following foods work best as butter replacements in cakes, muffins, cookies, brownies, and quick breads:
  1. Applesauce. Applesauce significantly reduces the calorie and fat content of baked goods.
  2. Avocados.
  3. Mashed bananas.
  4. Greek yogurt.
  5. Nut butters.
  6. Pumpkin purée.

Is a baked potato healthy for you?

Baked potatoes are a naturally low-fat, low-cholesterol food. They’re also packed with potassium, which some research suggests can greatly reduce risks of heart disease.

Are potatoes healthier than rice?

The information gathered leads us to a conclusion that rice, especially brown or parboiled kind (white one with added nutrients) is a better choice than potatoes thanks to its high vitamin content and low glycemic index.

What is the healthiest way to eat a potato?

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests how to enjoy the nutritional benefits of potatoes without piling on the calories: Top a baked potato with low-fat or fat-free sour cream, some shredded cheese, and chives or broccoli.