Move over, guacamole. See you later, pizza. Take a hike, chicken wing. Because for the biggest game of the year, you need to go big. SUPER, actually. And nothing is as impressive and delicious as a baked potato bar. I mean, there is nothing more comforting—especially when your team is losing to Tom Brady AGAIN—than a carb filled potato topped with meats, cheeses, and veggies. And it is such an easy way to entertain, I can guarantee you will never order pizzas for Super Bowl Sunday again.
One of the reasons why I love to serve “DIY bars” for parties, especially sporting events, is because you can do all the prep work ahead of time so you won’t miss a commercial…I mean, a play…of the game. So what do you need in order to make your baked potato bar a success?
A variety of russet and sweet potatoes
At least three different kinds of shredded cheese
A variety of cooked meats, such as bacon, sausage and pepperoni
A wide variety of cooked and raw veggies
Chopped green onions
Roasted corn (cut off the cobb)
Grilled pineapple chunks
Giant vats of sour cream and butter
A array of sauces and seasonings, such as salt, pepper, tobacco, bbq sauce, siracha, A1 sauce, salsa, etc.
One of my best party tips is to lay out all of the dishes you will be using for your party and label them with post-it notes so that you and whoever else is helping out will know where everything goes. The notes also serve as a reminder in case you forget something in the fridge or oven that needs to be served.
Also, when hosting a DIY bar, it is easiest to use individual, disposable bowls for each individual ingredient. Not only does this look impressive, but it is also easy to clean up. In lieu of traditional paper plates or bowls, you can get simple paper boats for diners to use for their potatoes. Just make sure it is large enough to hold a potato and the mountain of toppings to go on it.
Here’s to hoping that Tom Brady finally loses a Super Bowl…and if not, there’s always more potatoes. I mean, who doesn’t want to drown their sorrows in butter?!?!
FLY EAGLES FLY!