Whether you opt for a good 'ol Russet or an eye-catching sweet potato, baked potatoes are super versatile. Sure, they're a reliable side dish, but don't stop there — they have the potential to be so much more.
Crack these crispy-skinned spuds open and top the pillowy soft insides with everything from hearty chili and stews, to beans and greens, to yogurt and granola. Or you could just put an egg on it.
The perfect baked potato is crispy on the outside and pillowy in the middle. Cracked open and still steaming, it's ready to receive anything from a sprinkle of cheese to last night's stew.
While twice-baked potatoes can certainly be a comforting, cheese-topped indulgence, they can also be something you feel happy serving to your family on any given weeknight. They're really just the vehicle — you get to choose everything that goes inside.
There are endless variations to this breakfast creation. We love keeping it simple with chopped nuts, but who's to stop you from adding currants, sliced banana, berries, granola, sesame seeds, or anything that sounds good to you?
The beauty of this recipe comes from its simplicity, and that everything — from the baked potato to the poached egg — can be made ahead of time.
Between the salmon, quinoa, dark leafy greens, and pomegranate arils, this is one totally loaded, good-for-you spud. Go for the whole shebang, or choose just a couple of your favorite toppings.
This sweet and spicy baked sweet potato can feel indulgent — especially with its marshmallow topping — but next to a bowl of dressed arugula, it becomes a fast and flavorful meal.
This stuffed sweet potato is a total two-for-one deal. Not only does it look good (really good!), but it's chock-full of delicious ingredients that leave it tasting even better.
This shakshuka potato is surprisingly easy to bring to life. (Choosing the sauce is the toughest part of the process — trust me.)
These savory sweet potatoes, stuffed with beans and greens, easily make a complete and satisfying meal all on their own. And to sweeten the deal, they're adaptable to whatever ingredients you have on hand.
With its strong flavors of curry, garlic, and black pepper, you'd assume the inspiration for this ultra-savory baked potato would be a dinner at an Indian restaurant. It's an incredible vegetarian dinner entrée, and makes for a truly filling lunch.
Topped with sweetly spiced tomato sauce made hearty with chickpeas, this stuffed spud offers an easy, make-ahead lunch option or filling dinner when paired with a side salad.
Filled with fluffy mashed potato; smoky, crisp bacon; and plenty of melted cheddar, and then baked until crispy, these potatoes are comfort food at its finest.
Spiced with chili powder and cumin, and loaded with corn, black beans, cheddar, and sour cream, these loaded Southwestern potatoes are totally meal-worthy.
The Hasselback potato is clearly the most impressive baked potato you'll make. By making a few slices before cooking, you'll turn an ordinary baked potato into one with the crispy edges of your favorite french fries, but with middles as creamy as mashed potatoes.
This is exactly the kind of rich and hearty meal you crave at the end of a long day. Added bonus: If you already have some baked potatoes in the fridge, this soup comes together in minutes.
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