Hot Potato! Party Idea for the Big Game: Bring Out a Baked Potato Bar

Who doesn’t love baked potatoes? A potato itself is a delicious, filling, and nutritious wonder. Potatoes are chock full of fiber, vitamin B6, and vitamin C, and antioxidants. They’re way affordable. Bake a big batch, then lay out a spread of tasty toppings to bring the ‘taters to the next level. Each guest can customize their potato in style. No small potato!

Choose potatoes that are similar in size, so that they cook evenly. Russets are great for baking—their high starch content means they come out sturdy yet fluffy.

Bake your Potatoes!

-          Scrub them under water, and then dry thoroughly.

-          Put them on a rimmed baking sheet. Generously drizzle Fairway extra-virgin olive oil, and toss/rub to evenly coat potatoes.

-          Poke a few holes in each potato with a fork (this prevents potato explosions—always a good idea!). -          Bake in a 400 degree oven for about an hour, or until soft.

You can even bake a big batch of potatoes ahead of time. Just warm ‘em up, and when your guests are ready to unleash their inner potato artists, cut potatoes legnthwise and squeeze the ends together to open them up. Pop! Your potatoes are ready for toppings galore. Since you’re a Fairway person, you know simple food is best, and quality ingredients make all the difference.

Pile on the toppings! Here’s some inspiration, but the sky’s the limit.

VEGGIES:

Caramelized onions

Roasted garlic

Chopped chives or scallions

Sautéed spinach or mushrooms

Charred corn

DAIRY:

Greek yogurt

Sheep’s milk ricotta

French feta cheese

Ben’s butter

Maytag blue cheese

Parmigiano-Reggiano, or Grana Padano

Laura Chenel Chevre

MEAT:

Pancetta

Thick-cut bacon

Fairway chili

Chopped chorizo

SEASONINGS AND HERBS:

Pimentón—Spanish smoky paprika

Fleur de Sel

Fresh-ground Fairway tellicherry pepper

Chopped fresh basil, cilantro, oregano, rosemary, or dill

SAUCES AND BEYOND:

Fairway Super Premium Balsamic

Fairway Saba

Fairway Pesto

Fairway Hot Chili Sauce

Fairway Salsa

Fairway Steak sauce

Fairway guacamole

Don’t be a couch potato—get up, gather the goodies, and dream up a potato to remember.

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